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CTA and Schools of Tibetan Buddhism Reject China's Regulation on Monastic Management

October 29, 2010

The heads of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism and
the Central Tibetan Administration's Department
of Religion and Culture today strongly repudiated
a regulation imposed by the Chinese government
aimed at undermining Tibet's traditional Buddhist culture.
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
October 27, 2010

Dharamshala -- The State Administration for
Religious Affairs of the People's Republic of
China, which issued the so called "Regulation on
the administration of Tibetan Buddhist
Monasteries or Order No 8", said the measure will
come into effect on 1 November.

Addressing a press conference this morning at
Gangchen Kyishong in Dharamsala, Venerable
Tsering Phuntsok, Kalon for the Department of
Religion and Culture, said the new regulation is
in total violation of the provisions of the
Chinese Constitution, which guarantees that
"citizens of the People's Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious belief”.

"No state organ, public organisation or
individual may compel citizens to believe in, or
not believe in, any religion; nor may they
discriminate against citizens who believe in, or
do not believe in, any religion. The state
protects normal religious activities. No one may
make use of religion to engage in activities that
disrupt public order, impair the health of
citizens or interfere with the educational system
of the state. Religious bodies and religious
affairs are not subject to any foreign
domination,” said Kalon Tsering Phuntsok quoting from the Chinese Constitution.

"Going against the above provisions of the
Chinese Constitution is a proof of the fact that
the citizens of the People's Republic of China do
not at all have religious freedom and that the
country is ruled by man and not by law," he added.

Kalon Tsering Phuntsok said: "The religious heads
and scholars of Tibetan Buddhism as a whole are,
currently, living outside Tibet. Hence, the
lineage of the sacred Buddhist teachings and
initiations can be said to be existing in the exile Tibetan community."

"This regulation is an evil design on the part of
the Chinese government to obstruct the Buddhist
teaching and its sacred transmissions inside
Tibet and makes it extremely difficult for the
monastic institutions to undertake their
important religious activities,” he further said.

"This is also a means employed by the Chinese
government to not only destroy the tradition and
study of Tibetan Buddhism but also uproot the
monastic institutions and the transmission of
Buddhist teachings in these centers of learning
by diluting the spiritual bond between teacher and pupil," he added.

"While, therefore, repudiating 'this injunction'
of the Chinese government, we express our strong
opposition to it," Kalon Tsering Phuntsok said.

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