Behavior of monks was 'saddening'

Updated: 2008-03-28 07:19

The conduct of the rioters in Lhasa violated the basic principles of Buddhism and the religious concept of mercy and compassion advocated by Sakyamuni, living Buddhas said in Tibet on Wednesday.

"Some monks didn't learn the Buddhism scriptures or follow the religious code, but disrupted the religious order and undermined the basic interests of the religious sector as well as Buddhists," Dazhag Dainzin Geleg, a living Buddha with the Dagcha monastery, said.

The basic doctrine of Tibetan Buddhism according to which monks should cultivate themselves is to "avoid all evil, do all good", Dazhag Dainzin Geleg, who is also vice-president of the Tibetan chapter of the Buddhist Association of China, said.

Chubakang Tubdain Kaizhub, head of the Tibetan chapter of the Buddhist Association of China, said he felt saddened to see people in crimson robes engaging in barbaric acts of violence, looting and arson.

"According to Buddhist karma, they cannot reincarnate after death because of the sin they have committed," he said, calling on all living Buddhas and lamas from monasteries in Tibet to "recognize the true nature of secessionists, manage their own monasteries well and educate believers".

Lobsangba Chilai Qoisang, a living Buddha from Qamdo, Tibet, said: "Over the decades, the government has given a lot of money for the maintenance of monasteries and provided subsidies for elderly monks.

"The few ungrateful monks who violated Buddhist tenets were really disappointing."

Ngagwang Qoizhag, with the Jokhang temple, said the monks involved in the riots represented neither Tibetan Buddhism nor its believers.

"The Dalai Lama takes advantage of his religious position to deceive and suborn some monks, using them to make trouble in China. His behavior disturbs the normal religious order and counters Buddhist tenets," Lhadar Ngagwang Daindzin, vice-president of the Tibetan chapter of the Buddhist Association of China, said.

Violent riots, which the government said were organized by the Dalai Lama clique, broke out in Lhasa on March 14. Mobs set fire to shops, schools, hospitals and private houses.

The 11th Panchen Lama Gyaincain Norbu has also condemned the riots, saying he resolutely supported the Party and the government's efforts to ensure the stability of Lhasa.



Losang Cering receives his Tibet Youth May 4 Medal from Luo Mei, secretary of the China Communist Youth League committee of the Tibet autonomous region, on Wednesday. Xinhua

(China Daily 03/28/2008 page5)