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China prevents Tibetans from attending Kalachakra teachings in India

July 14, 2014

July 10, 2014 - China has denounced the ongoing 33rd Kalachakra Initiation given by the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Ladakh alleging that it incites “hatred and terror”.

“The ceremony incited hatred, terror and extremist action, seriously tarnishing the Kalachakra's nature of solemnity and purity, and affecting the healthy development of Tibetan Buddhism,” said Li Decheng, head of the religious studies at the China Tibetology Research Center.

Decheng further said that the Kalachakra is against the solemnity and purity and that it is used for political ends by “separatists”.

More than a hundred thousand people from various countries are attending the religious discourse and initiation in Leh, Ladakh.

Paramilitary troops were deployed to block Tibetans from making a pilgrimage to the sacred Mount Kailash in western Tibet and restrict travel in border areas, a move to prevent Tibetans from attending the Kalachakra.

In Lhasa, capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, the Chinese government authorities have stopped issuing new travel permits or renewals and asked those who already have obtained permits to return them to the authorities.

Tibetans have been warned that they would be denied the 'themthho', a government issued household registration, if they travelled to India for the Kalachakra in Ladakh. Tibetan officials serving in the government have been asked not to seek leave from April to September this year failing which they would lose their jobs.

Beginning today, His Holiness will confer the Kalachakra Initiation for 3days. On 13 July, His Holiness will confer a long life empowerment and accept long-life prayer offering. Kalachakra teachings and initiation has been requested by the Ladakh Buddhist Association and the Ladakh Gonpa Association.

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