Tibetans Continue to Burn in Protest

I haven’t blogged on the subject of Tibetans continuing to self-immolate for awhile, because it is so depressing. I continue to read the news at The Tibetan Post and at Phayul.com daily and advise those of you who are interested to do the same. When will this horror end? Having worked in an ER for 7 years i can barely look at the pictures of charred bodies anymore and cannot post those pictures, but of course we must keep this issue in front of every freedom loving individual as a matter of Buddhist responsibility. The link and article are reproduced below, but I am just going to put a picture of an old Sumeru style Tibetan chorten in this post to honour the dead. Tibetan Man Dies After Self-immolation in Protest Against China

Saturday, 13 October 2012 14:06 YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International

“Dharamshala: – A Tibetan man set himself alight and died today, Saturday afternoon in Tsoe city, Malho county of Amdho region, north-eastern Tibet to protests against China’s repressive policies targeting Tibetans in their homeland, according to a latest information received by The Tibet Post International, a news agency based in Dharamshala, India.

“Tamdrin Dorjee, over 50 year old, was from Khasok Lhungwarma town near Tsoe City (Ch: Hezuo), Kanlho (Ch: Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture), in the traditional province of Amdho, North-Eastern Tibet,” Gedhun Tsering, a Tibetan writer in exile, originally came from Amdho told The Tibet Post International.

“Tamdrin Dorjee self-immolated near a Tibetan Buddhist stupa (Tibetan: Mila Serkhar Choten) close to Tsoe City, (around 1pm Tibet Time) on Saturday afternoon, 13 of October, 2012, and later passed away,” he added.

Since 2009, the wave of self-immolations demanding freedom for the Tibetan people in Tibet and for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. “Witnesses say that he also shouted slogans demanding freedom for Tibetans and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet, while setting himself on fire near the Buddhist stupa,” Gedhun stated, citing sources in the region after the latest incident.

“The local Tibetans refused to hand over his body to Chinese authorities and they took his body back to his home. As a mark of respect, they then gathered to pay their last respects to Tamdrin Dorjee and offered traditional scarves to his body,” he further added.

Gedhun stated that “Tamdrin was grandfather of 7th Gungthang Rinpoche, a highly respected Tibetan master, also the second most senior religious leader at Labrang monastery in Amdho region. The Buddhist monks in the area offering prayers for Dorjee who sacrificed his life for Tibetans and Tibet.”

The situation there remained tense, as large number of police and paramilitary forces are reportedly deployed to the area where the incident occurred.

In recent months, Tibetans have become more forceful in their protests against China’s repressive policies targeting Tibetans in their homeland, with a tragedy series of at least 55 Tibetans setting themselves alight since 2009, 45 of which already have resulted in death.

The Tsoe area has witnessed many protests against Chinese rule in the past, with mass demonstrations in 2008 and 2010.”