October 27, 2010
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

CTA and Schools of
Tibetan Buddhism Reject China’s Regulation on Monastic Management
[Wednesday, 27 October 2010, 2:06 p.m.]


The heads
of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the Central Tibetan
Administration’s Department of Religion and Culture today strongly
repudiated a regulation imposed by the Chinese government aimed at
undermining Tibet’s traditional Buddhist culture.

 
Kalon Tsering
Phuntsok, Kalon for the Department of Religion and Culture, addresses to
the media at the Department of Information and International Relations
in Dharamsal
a on
27 October 2010

Dharamshala: The State Administration for
Religious Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, which issued the
so called “Regulation on the administration of Tibetan Buddhist
Monasteries or Order No 8”, said the measure will come into effect on 1
November.Addressing a press conference this morning at Gangchen
Kyishong in Dharamsala, Venerable Tsering Phuntsok, Kalon for the
Department of Religion and Culture, said the new regulation is in total
violation of the provisions of the Chinese Constitution, which
guarantees that “citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy
freedom of religious belief”.“No state organ, public
organisation or individual may compel citizens to believe in, or not
believe in, any religion; nor may they discriminate against citizens who
believe in, or do not believe in, any religion. The state protects
normal religious activities. No one may make use of religion to engage
in activities that disrupt public order, impair the health of citizens
or interfere with the educational system of the state. Religious bodies
and religious affairs are not subject to any foreign domination,” said
Kalon Tsering Phuntsok quoting from the Chinese Constitution.“Going
against the above provisions of the Chinese Constitution is a proof of
the fact that the citizens of the People’s Republic of China do not at
all have religious freedom and that the country is ruled by man and not
by law,” he added.Kalon Tsering Phuntsok said: “The religious
heads and scholars of Tibetan Buddhism as a whole are, currently, living
outside Tibet. Hence, the lineage of the sacred Buddhist teachings and
initiations can be said to be existing in the exile Tibetan community.”“This
regulation is an evil design on the part of the Chinese government to
obstruct the Buddhist teaching and its sacred transmissions inside Tibet
and makes it extremely difficult for the monastic institutions to
undertake their important religious activities,”
he further said.“This is also a means employed by the Chinese
government to not only destroy the tradition and study of Tibetan
Buddhism but also uproot the monastic institutions and the transmission
of Buddhist teachings in these centers of learning by diluting the
spiritual bond between teacher and pupil,” he added.“While,
therefore, repudiating “this injunction” of the Chinese government, we
express our strong opposition to it,” Kalon Tsering Phuntsok said.Also
read:
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