CTA President Discourages Self-immolation Protest, Urges Tibetans to Contribute Substantially to the Cause

Source: Tibet.net  August 2. 2017:

Dharamshala: The President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay today discouraged self immolation protests and urged Tibetans to pursue more powerful means by honing one’s educational, professional and personal competency to substantially contribute to the Tibetan cause.

“While we understand the intention behind the act of self-immolation, we must remember that the life of every Tibetan is precious and that we must be alive to fight for our cause. In a free country, we have the freedom to embark on all possible methods to contribute substantially to advancing our cause. The life of every six million Tibetan is precious and every life lost is a huge loss for us and for our cause,” said the concerned President.

President Dr Lobsang Sangay was speaking to the press at the prayer service for Passang Dhondup, who succumbed to his burns after self-immolating on Saturday, 29 July 2017.

President further said Kashag is considering not to attend prayer meetings in the future for self immolation protests in exile.

Speaking to the press today, CTA President said, “As a Tibetan and a Buddhist, we are here to offer prayers for the deceased, but the Kashag has consistently and categorically discouraged self-immolation, especially in exile where Tibetans have the complete freedom to pursue any meaningful means that would contribute to the Tibetan cause.

“While we understand the plight of Tibetans inside Tibet and the situation under which they have to resort to such actions, Tibetans in exile have the freedom to participate in protests in any form one chooses to do. We have had other cases of self immolation in exile; parents of the self-immolators have voiced the same concern and have urged the youth to pursue more powerful means such as education.

“We therefore discourage all Tibetans, especially the youth in exile from resorting to such drastic actions and urge them to pursue more powerful means to substantially contribute to the Tibetan cause.” the President said.

Passang Dhondup’s body was cremated this morning following the prayer service at Lhagyalri.

Representatives of Central Tibetan Administration including members of the Kashag and members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile attended the prayer service as a mark of solidarity with Passang Dhondup’s family and friends. The prayer service and the funeral were organized by Norbulingka Institute.

Passang Dhondup, 48, was a wood painter at Norbulingka Institute. Originally from Gyaltse in Shigatse Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Region, Passang arrived in India in 1991 and had worked from 2012 as a wood painter at Norbulingka institute.

Despite the CTA’s repeated appeals to Tibetans not to resort to drastic measures such as self-immolation as a means of protest against Chinese rule, 149 Tibetans inside Tibet and 10 Tibetans in exile have set themselves on fire.

Dharamshala self-immolator identified as Dhondup

Source: Phayul [Saturday, July 31, 2017] For more info: Click here

Source: Phayul[Saturday, July 29, 2017 17:56]

By Tenzin Monlam

VOT Photo DHARAMSHALA, July 29: A Tibetan man has died after setting himself on fire at the Lhagyal Ri, a place where people gather to invoke the deities through incense ceremony and also circumambulate for linkor. The fiery act took place around 3PM local time.

A picture of a charred body among bushes is being circulated on Facebook, reportedly of the person who self immolated.

Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon It is not known if the Tibetan man has said anything before or during his act. Police have arrived at the scene and details about him will be updated as and when confirmed information is put out.

This is the second instance of self immolation by Tibetan exiles this year. A Tibetan student of Central University for Tibetan Studies, Tenzin Choeying, died on July 22 following his self immolation on July 14.

According to an eyewitness, Tenzin Dorjee said, “His body was already on flame when I came across the spot where he had set himself on fire. I called for help and by the time I came back the fire had engulfed his whole body and was impossible to subdue.”

He immediately contacted one of his friends, who informed the office of Tibetan Youth Congress and Dharamshala Tibetan Settlement Officer, Dawa Rinchen for help.

“I was in no state of mind to take any picture of him self-immolating himself as I was startled and taken aback seeing him on fire,” Dorjee said.

At the crime scene the police found a red bag consisting of an umbrella, around 800 INR, Tibetan national flag and a paper-sheet with a phone number, which belonged to a local cable operator. The police also found three bottles of fuel at the spot.

According to another eyewitness, who does not wish to be named said that she saw him on the spot and had apparently consume kerosene. She also added that the deceased appeared youthful with a fair complexion.

Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon Bhushi, a resident at the old-age home at the Lhagyal-ri, who was on her evening parikrama (circumambulation) said, “I heard something burning and when I looked back, I heard him shout ‘Long live the Dalai Lama’. I was scared when I saw him on fire, so I ran away from the spot. But I cried for help to those who were doing circumambulation.”

TSO Dawa Rinchen after the police finished its initial investigation said, “As of now we are unable to identify him. Looking at the evidence gathered at the spot, it looks like he is a Tibetan. So we have asked everyone to come forward if anyone identifies the person.”

Stating the same thing, DSP Rajendra Kumar also added the final report would be confirmed once the post-mortem is done and till then ‘nothing could be ruled out’.


བོད་ཀྱི་དུས་བབ། ཆུ་ཚོད་ ༨ སྔོན་ལ། རིག་པ། (༠)


དེ་རིང་ཉིན་རྒྱབ་ཏུ་བཞུགས་སྒར་དྷ་རམ་ས་ལའི་ལྷ་རྒྱལ་རིར་སྐུ་ལུས་མེར་སྲེག་གནང་མཁན་དེའི་སྐུ་ཕུང་སྨན་ཁང་དུ་འཁྱེར་སྐབས། བོད་མི་མང་པོ་ཡུལ་དངོས་སུ་བསླེབས་འདུག་ཀྱང། བོད་མི་དེ་སུ་ཡིན་མིན་སོགས་ངོ་རྟགས་ཆོད་མ་སོང་ལ། རྒྱ་གར་ཉེན་རྟོག་ཁང་དང་གསང་བ་ལས་ཁུངས་ཀྱི་མི་སྣས་ཞིབ་བཤེར་ཆེད་སྐུ་ཕུང་སྨན་ཁང་དུ་འཁུར་ཏེ་རྟག་དཔྱད་གནང་རྒྱུ་ཡིན་འདུག

གླིང་སྐོར་དུ་ཕེབས་མཁན་སྤོ་འགྱུར་མེད་ལགས་ཀྱིས། ཁོང་སྐོར་བར་འགྲོ་སྐབས་བོད་མི་དེས་(༧གོང་ས་སྐྱབས་མགོན་ཆེན་པོ་མཆོག་སྐུ་ཚེ་ཁྲི་ལོར་བརྟན་པར་ཤོག)ཅེས་སྐད་འབོད་གནང་གིན་འགྲོ་བཞིན་ཡོད་པ་མཐོང་འདུག

དྷ་སའི་ས་གནས་མགོ་འཛིན་ཟླ་བ་རིན་ཆེན་ལགས་ཀྱིས་གསར་འགོད་པར། སྐུ་ལུས་མེར་སྲེག་གནང་མཁན་དེ་སུ་ཡིན་ངོ་རྟགས་ཆོད་མེད་ཀྱང་། ཁོང་གིས་སྐུ་ལུས་མེར་བསྲེགས་གནང་ས་དེར་རྒྱབ་ཁུག་ཅིག་བཞག་ཡོད་པ་དེའི་ནང་དུ་ཧིན་སྒོར་ ༨༠༠ དང་བོད་ཀྱི་རྒྱལ་དར་ཆུང་ཆུང་ཞིག་ཡོད་པ་དེའི་ཐོག་ནས་ཕལ་ཆེར་བོད་མི་ཞིག་ཡིན་པར་ངོས་འཛིན་བྱེད་ཐུབ་པ་དང་། ས་གནས་མགོ་འཛིན་ལས་ཁུངས་ཀྱི་ངོས་ནས་ངོ་ཤེས་མཁན་ཡོད་མེད་བརྡ་ཁྱབ་སྤེལ་ཡོད་སྐོར་དང་། སྤྱིར་བཏང་རང་ལུས་མེར་བསྲེགས་གནང་བ་གསལ་པོ་ཡིན་ཡང་རྐྱེན་གཞན་པ་ཡོད་མེད་ཞིབ་འཇུག་བྱེད་ཆེད།  ཉེན་རྟོག་པ་དང་གསང་བའི་མི་སྣས་ཕུང་པོར་རྟག་དཔྱད་བྱ་རྒྱུ་ཡིན་པ་དང་། དེའི་རྗེས་ས་གནས་མགོ་འཛིན་ལས་ཁུངས་ནས་ཁྲིམས་ལྟར་ཕུང་པོ་རྩི་ལེན་གནང་སྟེ་ཞུགས་འབུལ་སོགས་ཀྱི་འདས་ཆོས་གནང་རྒྱུ་ཡིན་སྐོར་བརྗོད་བྱུང་།

དྷ་ས་ཉེན་རྟོག་ཁང་གི་སྤྱི་ཁྱབ་དཔོན་པོ་(Rajendra Kumar Jaisal)ལགས་ཀྱིས་གསར་འགོད་པར། ད་ལྟའི་ཆར་ཕུང་པོ་ངོ་རྟགས་ཆོད་མེད་སྟབས། ཉིན་གཉིས་རིང་ཕུང་པོ་སྨན་ཁང་དུ་བཞག་སྟེ་ངོ་རྟགས་ཆོད་མཁན་ཡོད་མེད་བལྟ་རྒྱུ་སྐོར་དང་། ཕུང་པོར་ཞིབ་བཤེར་དང་འབྲེལ་ཡོད་ལ་འདྲི་རྩད་བྱས་རྗེས་གནས་ཚུལ་གསལ་པོ་ཆགས་རྒྱུ་ཡིན་སྐོར་བརྗོད་སོང་།

གསར་འགོད་པ། སངས་རྒྱས་དཀོན་མཆོག་དང་པདྨ་མཚོ།