A county in southwest China has declared that it would forbid India-trained Tibetan monks from teaching in Tibetan monasteries in China because of the “severe separatist situation.”
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As per India Today, reports from the Global Times, China’s official mouthpiece state that the authorities regard some monks who received education overseas from the 14th Dalai Lama clique as separatists. An official is of the view that it is necessary to tighten supervision so as to avoid the clique using local Buddhists to conduct separatist activities.
Another official in Litang county in Sichuan province, which borders Tibet said: “Monks wrongly educated in India are banned from teaching Buddhism.” China has accused exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and monks in India for encouraging “separatism”. The Dalai Lama has maintained that he is not advocating independence but wants genuine autonomy for Tibetans in China.
The past few years have seen China tighten its control over monasteries, including through blacklists that bar many monks who have travelled to India from teaching. Monks in China aspire to travel to monasteries set up by the exiled Tibetan community in India due to the quality of teaching and lack of restrictions there.
Monks in Sichuan county were screened at the annual “patriotic education classes” before being awarded the Gexe Lharampa—the highest academic degree in Tibetan Buddhist studies. Those who exhibit any signs of separatist intent are banned from teaching Buddhism to the public. Moreover, the county said that those trained in India and awarded the degree there would not be acknowledged by China.
A report from Free Tibet states that the Chinese government sees religion in Tibet as a political and security issue. All facets of Tibetan Buddhism are subject to state control and China has even claimed the right to appoint the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama.