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China arrests 2 monks in Lhoka after protests over teacher's visit

September 30, 2010

September 29, 2010

Dharamsala, Sep. 29 -- Two monk officials of a
monastery in Tibet’s Lhoka region have been
arrested, following a protest by monks of the
monastery against Chinese authorities earlier this month.

Gyurmey Tenzin and an unidentified monk official
of Mindroling monastery had approached the local
Chinese authorities to allow Dralha Rinpoche --
an heir lama to the throne of Mindroling, which
is one of the six lineages within the Nyingmapa
tradition of Tibetan Buddhism -- to visit the monastery.

On September 19, around 50 monks of Mindroling
monastery protested against the authorities and
demanded that their revered teacher, Dralha
Rinpoche, be allowed to visit the monastery.
Chinese authorities cordoned off the monastery by
deploying armed soldiers around the monastery and prepared for assault.

"The monks and local Tibetan populace remain apprehended by the turn of events.

The monastery has been closed to outside
visitors. More than 80 Chinese work team
officials have arrived at the monastery where
monks have been subjected to patriotic reeducation sessions.

Mindroling monastery in exile, which has been
rebuilt near Dehradun, has confirmed that
activities of Dralha Rinpoche are being strictly
monitored by Chinese authorities and his
movements in Tibet are under close surveillance.
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