Yesterday afternoon we heard the profound and heart-rendering news about Ven. Tapey, a young Tibetan monk from Kirti Monastery in north-eastern Tibet, committing what is certainly a self-immolation.
As I pen my thoughts here we do not have complete information about the incident (China has confirmed it, however, after a day later), but what is clear is that this is yet another indication of the desperation of the Tibetans, who are not able to tolerate the Chinese Government’s attitude towards His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the issue of Tibet.
Reports suggest that the monk was raising slogans reflecting such a message and that he was carrying a Tibetan flag on which a photo of the Dalai Lama was pasted. It seems the immediate cause for this courageous act by the monk was the Chinese authorities’ interference in the monastic program of undertaking their annual prayer festival called Monlam. Continue reading “Thoughts on the Self-immolation in Tibet”