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Officials held, monastery besieged for seeking head lama's visit

October 4, 2010

Tibetan Review
October 1, 2010

A monastery in Lhokha (Chinese: Shannan)
Prefecture of Tibet has been placed under
patriotic education and two of its officials
arrested after its monks staged a protest on Sep
19 over a religious issue, according to as Phayul.com report Sep 29.

The report said that the two monk officials,
including one named Gyurmey Tenzin, of Mindroling
Monastery had earlier petitioned the local
Chinese authorities for permission to invite
Dralha Rinpoche, described as "an heir lama" to
its throne. The monastery has been cited as one
of the six lineages of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

When permission was refused, 50 monks staged a
protest, leading to the monastery being placed
under siege by armed Chinese soldier. More than
80 Chinese work team cadres then arrived at the
monastery to conduct patriotic education on the monks.

The exile-based Mindroling Monastery, located
near Dehradun in northern India, has confirmed
that activities of Dralha Rinpoche are being
strictly monitored by the Chinese authorities,
with his movements being controlled.
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