Zurich, 3 March: Kirti Rinpoche, the spiritual head of Kirti monastic community in Ngaba, Tibet, arrived in Switzerland on Friday. He is on a three weeklong visit of Europe to talk about the situation in Tibet, particularly in Ngaba region.
In his address to the Tibetan community today, he spoke of the brutal repression in Tibet by the Chinese security forces. He quoted Mao Tse-tung who once said, “Wherever there is oppression, there is rebellion.” This is what we are witnessing in Tibet today, he said.
Of the 107 Tibetans who self-immolated in Tibet since February 2009, 38 of them are from Kirti monastery and Ngaba region. Sadly, 90 of them have died.
He said that the causes of the current situation in Tibet are the result of 60 years of China’s repressive polices to destroy Tibetan religion, culture, environment and language. “The Chinese population transfer into Tibet has made us a minority in our own land,” he said.
He called on Tibetans to take responsibility in view of the deteriorating situation in Tibet. “Tibetans in Tibet are looking to the exile community for help,” Rinpoche said. “Therefore, if we don’t act, who will respond to their cry for help?”
Chinese security forces have kept Kirti Monastery and the town under virtual lockdown since 2008. In late April 2011, 300 monks were forcibly removed from the monastery.
Tibetans in Ngaba had suffered for three generations under the Communist Chinese starting with Mao’s Long March in Ngaba area in 1936-37, Rinpoche said.
Yesterday afternoon, he presided over a special prayer service for the Tibetan who have self-immolated and their family members at Rikon Monastery organised by the Swiss based Chol-Kha-Sum associations.
Kirti Rinpoche was recognized and enthroned as the reincarnation of the Tenth Kirti Rinpoche in 1946. He followed His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile to India in 1959. He is living in Dharamsala, India, where he has re-established his monastery.
Rinpoche will also visit Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and United Kingdom.