In this blog, I want to share three recent heartbreaking incidents that took place inside Tibet:
1) Every year, Tibetan children are released from school for two months for their summer holiday, and these students then return home to their parents. As one would expect, children coming home for the summer are excited and happy to spend time with their parents, and the parents themselves are very happy to have their sons and daughters back home with them. With their children gone for most of the year, parents make an effort to teach them the Tibetan language and familiarize them with their culture. During this summer break, parents take their children to visit local monasteries and immerse them in their Tibetan culture. Moreover, with Chinese language as the medium of instruction at school, parents prioritize sending their children to special Tibetan language classes if and when these courses are available in their locality. Summer break is really the only chance for these children to become acquainted with the Tibetan culture, to learn the Tibetan language, and to immerse themselves in Tibetan Buddhism by doing things such as visiting monasteries and meeting Tibetan monks and Lamas.
|Yarchen Gar before demolition
|Yarchen Gar after demolition
|Monks being forced to leave the monastery
With such atrocities still happening inside Tibet, I cannot bear to live with my eyes and ears closed. It is time that we stand up for truth and justice to prevail inside Tibet. I hate to add more sad news to the current plight of the world, but the truth must be told and heard by the global community outside Tibet. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama has always championed truth and democracy, if you are a supporter of truth and justice, I plead with every one of you to support our cause and stand in solidarity with the Tibetans people inside Tibet.
I, Khenpo Karten Rinpoche, dictated this message in September of 2021 in order to raise awareness of the atrocities committed in Tibet and the plight of the Tibetan people. This blog was translated and transcribed by Dechen Baltso, through a series of conversations and audio recorded messages, and further edited by my student, Karma Choeying.