A Resident Tibetan Nun Suicides Against Forced Demolishing Of Larung Gar

In a delayed report from the sources to Radio Free Asia, a resident Tibetan nun at the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, in Serthar County, Ganze Tibetan Autonomous Region, Sichuan province which one of largest Buddhist centres in the world has taken her own life hanging herself with a rope when the forced demolishing of the centre by the Chinese authorities enforced.

“Rinzin Dolma, a nun of Larung gar Buddhist center hanged herself to death when Chinese began demolition at the center on July 20, 2016.” reported the RFA in their Facebook page.

It is reported that Rinzin Dolma had hung herself by a rope in the night same night of 20th July when the actual demolishing started. She had left behind a statement and some cash according to the reports. She had written in the statement that due to the recurring disturbances and threats towards the centre from the Chinese authorities, it has caused unbearable misery. She had requested for the cash to be used by the centre.

The demolishing of the Larung Gar centre is being stated to minimise the existing approximate population of 10,000 monks, nuns and lay people to around half the size. “Chinese work crews on Wednesday began to tear down large sections of a sprawling Tibetan Buddhist study center in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, moving ahead under central government orders  to reduce the institute’s size.” reported RFA in an earlier report.

Since the demolition began, the site has been put under high scrutiny and people have not been allowed to visit the area. The site has also been stationed with large armed forces in preparation to curb protests if any such occurs. The tele -communications of the Tibetan-populated sections of the Sichuan province has been clamped down since then.

However, it is also reported that the residents of the demolished site has been compensated with some money and they are presently adjusting with their mates of the section of the centre which are not demolished and continuing their studies.

Larung Gar was established in 1980 by Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, a highly regarded Tibetan Buddhist master. It houses both Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist students and practitioners.

Yeshi Paljor

Editor at Tibetan Journal, Yeshi Paljor is a computer engineer by profession.

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