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A Buddhist monk dies in latest self-immolation protest in Tibet

by Yeshe Choesang, The Tibet Post International, March 29, 2013

Dharamshala, India -- Reports are emerging from Amdho region of Eastern Tibetan that a Tibetan monk has set himself ablaze to death in protest against Chinese rule, pushing the estimated toll to 114 in Tibet.

"A Tibetan Buddhist monk died in latest self-immolation protest against to end repressive policies on Tibet. He became seventh Tibetan who set himself on fire in Lhuchu county to protest against Chinse rule," Kanyak Tsering from exile Kirti Monastery told The Tibet Post International (TPI).

"Konchok Tenzin, 28-year old a monk of Mogru Samphel-ling Monastery in Lhuchu county of Amdho region, eastern Tibet (CHinese: Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province), died after burning himself on a road junction, near his monastery on Tuesday evening, at approximately 7am locally.," the sources coming out of the region said.

As Chinese authorities bar customary religious rituals to enforce quick cremation of Tibetan who self-immolated, local Tibetans in Lhuchu county immediately "took his body for cremation near the monastery after holding a traditional prayer service on the same day the incident occurred," according to the same source.

This incident has pushed the total number of self-immolations in Tibet to 114 since 2009, 96 of them reportedly passed-away due to burn injuries.

Most self-immolators were lay and the younger generation of Tibetans in recent months, who are speaking up against the Chinese regime's failed policies in Tibet, called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom for Tibetan people.

Beijing rejects any criticism of its rule, pointing to economic development of Tibet. Tibetans say its not because of China, these kinds of development can be seen in every corner of the world.

He was survived by his parents- Lhakho and Lhamo Tso and six brothers and sisters. Konchok was the youngest of his siblings. He joined the Monastery at his young age to study the monastic ritual prayer texts-Tibetan Tantric Buddhism. After finishing monastic ritual studies, he started to learn Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan literature, according to the sources.

Mogru Samphel-ling Monastery or Zamtsai Mogru Geden Jampehl-ling monastery is situated in Lhuchu county, Amdho region of eastern Tibet. The monastery was founded in 1780 by Zamtsa Sertri Jigmey Namkha, a well-known Tibetan Buddhist scholar.


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