Chinese work crews on Wednesday began to tear down large sections of a sprawling Tibetan Buddhist study center in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, moving ahead under central government orders to reduce the institute’s size.
The demolition at the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy in Serthar (in Chinese, Seda) county began in the early morning hours, a resident monk told RFA’s Tibetan Service, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“The work started at 8:00 a.m. on July 20, beginning with those structures that were not already recorded in the government’s record of permitted dwellings,” RFA’s source said. Read more
The Tashi Lhunpo monastery – the seat of the Panchen Lamas (second to the Dalai Lamas) in Shigatse, southwest China – was thronged by Tibetan Buddhists on Thursday to attend the four-day-long Due Khor Wang Chen (Kalchakra) proceedings.
The elaborate ritual scheduled from 21 to 24 July, began after Gyaltsen Norbu, whom the Chinese hold to be the eleventh Panchen Lama, unveiled a huge Thangka portrait of the Buddha. Read more
[ICT] Khenpo Kartse, the popular and respected religious teacher whose detention in 2013 sparked peaceful protests and a silent prayer vigil, has been released after serving two and a half years in prison.
Khenpo Kartse, whose case became prominent internationally with calls for his release by governments and thousands of Tibet supporters worldwide who petitioned on his behalf, issued a low-key social media posting in Tibetan on following his release in the form of a short poem. In the poem, he said he was moved by the concern that had been demonstrated towards him. Read more
[SMH] One way or another, Beijing has extended its messaging control over almost all the Chinese language media in Australia, Australian Chinese media sources say. Politically sensitive or unfavourable coverage of China and the ruling Communist Party has been effectively stopped outside all but a couple of Chinese language outlets, as the government steps up efforts to filter what the Chinese diaspora consumes.
Acting under directives from the central government, China's propaganda department is co-ordinating a global effort to step up its soft power outreach commensurate with its economic and political stature in the world, spending $US6.8 billion ($9.1 billion) a year to run and expand the international reach of official state-run media including Xinhua, CCTV, China Radio International and the China Daily. Read more