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Stampede of Would-Be Monks Crashes Temple Website

On June 28th, Zhejiang’s Ci’en temple offered laymen a chance to join its eight Buddhist monks for between three months and two years. In the past, fewer than ten people have responded each year, but over the past...

Caution Over Possible Shift in Tibet Policy

Reports of a relaxation of anti-Dalai Lama policies in Sichuan, Qinghai and even the Tibetan Autonomous Region surfaced last week, only to be swiftly denied by both government and monastery officials. Tibetan writer Woeser added...

Tibetan Activist Free After 17 Years in Prison

Tibetan activist Jigme Gyatso has been released from prison due to poor health one year from the end of an extended sentence, according to Radio Free Asia and the Dharamsala-based Central Tibetan Administration. From Andrew...

Trust Among Chinese Drops to Record Low

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ newly released Annual Report on Social Mentality suggests that social trust in China continues to fall. From He Dan at China Daily: The Blue Book of Social Mentality, the latest...

Two Tibetans Sentenced over Self-Immolations

Two Tibetans accused of inciting self-immolations were sentenced on Thursday. Following a trial held last Saturday, the two were convicted of intentional homicide in line with a legal ruling issued last month. Lorang Konchok,...

80th Tibetan Self-Immolation Reported

From RFA: Former monk Tamdin Kyap, 23, burned himself to death in Luchu (in Chinese, Luqu) county in the Kanlho (Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture late Thursday, the sources said. “He set himself on fire at a site...

Trials in Chinese Monk Self-immolation Death

Trials have opened in the case of the monk who died from self-immolation in Sichuan Province, AP reports: The March 16 death of Rigzin Phuntsog, 16, was seen by fellow monks and observers as a political protest against...

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