China warns Tibetans not to post birthday wishes of exiled Buddhist abbot online
New Delhi, August 5 (SocialNews.XYZ) China has tightened restrictions ahead of the birthday of a prominent Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, calling on local leaders in two Tibetan regions to stop people from posting his photo or vows online, media reported.
Authorities have threatened to arrest Tibetans in the Ngaba and Dzoge regions who defy the order by posting messages on August 8, the 80th anniversary of the 11th Kyabje Kirti Rinpoche (Honorary) Lobsang Tenzin Jigme Yeshe Gyamtso Rinpoche, RFA reported. .
Rinpoche is the exiled chief abbot of Kirti Monastery, one of the largest and most influential monasteries in Tibet, according to the report.
“The government has warned against such activities by Tibetans, and individuals will be arrested and severely punished if found defying them,” said a Tibetan source inside Tibet who told refused to be identified in order to express themselves freely.
Chinese authorities have banned monks from Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery in Dzoge County and Kirti Monastery in Ngaba County, both in Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, from celebrating the anniversary of Rinpoche in 2021. The regions are heavily populated by ethnic Tibetans.
Monks were not allowed to leave their monasteries and gatherings were not allowed during this time, RFA reported.
“Last year, Tibetans inside Tibet were expecting restrictions and control from the Chinese government over the celebration of Kriti Rinpoche’s 80th birthday, so they held back,” said a Tibetan who lives in exile.
“But this year, Tibetans living in exile and inside Tibet are eager to celebrate Rinpoche’s birthday and offer the tenshug,” the source said, referring to a long life prayer offering made to spiritual masters.
“But we are seeing restrictions and scrutiny in Ngaba and Dzoge.”
Kirti Monastery has been the site of the majority of self-immolations by monks who oppose China’s repressive policy in Tibet, RFA reported.