Tibet’s Missing Panchen Lama is 22 Today

Today, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, Tibet’s Panchen Lama, turns 22 years old.

Abducted by the Chinese government in May 1995, shortly after he was recognized by the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of one of Tibet’s highest Buddhist leaders, he has been missing for 16 years.  China refuses to answer to the United Nations, or any other human rights group on his whereabouts. He is often referred to as ‘the world’s youngest political prisoner.’

While I was in Dharamsala working on the series, ‘Tattoos of Tibetan Ex-Political Prisoners,’ I interviewed Pasang Dorjee.  He is just one of countless Tibetans who have made sacrifices in the name of this stolen jewel.

In 1996, after the Chinese abducted the 11th Panchen Lama, the government appointed their own ‘fake lama.’ In an attempt to consecrate this, the Chinese government wanted to pay to host a ceremony for their puppet lama at Kardze Monastery.

Dorjee was arrested on April 2, 1996 for putting up posters in the monastery saying they did not want Chinese money.

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Photo credit: Built On Respect

58 comments

Berny p.
Berny p.3 years ago

WHAT EVER YOU DO DONT TRUST THE HINESE!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

Happy Birthday!

Sandra H.
Sandra H.5 years ago

Free Tibet!

J MA A.
JM A.5 years ago

CLEARLY, CHINA MUST BACK DOWN & AWAY FROM TIBET! CHINA HAS PROVED ITSELF A TERRORIST TO TIBETANS & CANNOT POSSIBLY CLAIM & SUSTAIN HUMANE LEADERSHIP THERE. TIBETAN RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS HAVE BEEN ASSAULTED BY CHINA. CHINA MUST APOLOGIZE & RELEASE PANCHEN LAMA IMMEDIATELY. WITHOUT THIS NEW BEGINNING, CHINA REMAINS A LOOMING NEGATIVE SHADOW UPON TIBET (AND THE WORLD). FREE PACHEN LAMA NOW!!

Bernadette P.
Berny p.5 years ago

WHEN WILL PEOPLE REALIZE THAN A DICTATORSHIP IS BAD......UNLESS YOU HIT THEM IN THEIR POCKET OR BY FORCE THEY WILL NEVER CHANGE AND WILL OPPRESSED THEIR PEOPLE.

I HAVE LIVED IN CHINA AND VISITED TIBET ,THE TIBETAN GUIDE ARE VERY CAREFUL OF WHAT THEY SAY TO YOU AND NEVER IN OPEN SPACE..

.PUBLIC SPACE AS MANY UNDERCOVER AGENT ARE THEIR TO MAKE SURE THEY GIVE THE RIGHT MESSAGE TO THE FOREIGNERS! yOU LEARN TO RECOGNISE THEM...
THE CHINESE TOURISTS WHO WHERE THERE CAME WITH EITHER THEIR GUIDE...FROM BEIJING,SHANGHAI OR WHERE EVER SO THAT THEY GOT ...THE RIGHT MESSAGE...

IF YOU ARE CHINESE AND DID NOT COME WITH A GUIDE...NOT LIKELY AS YOU HAVE TO HAVE A SPECIAL PERMIT TO VISIT TIBET....THEY WILL GIVE YOU A HAN GUIDE...SO AGAIN YOU WILL GET THE RIGHT MESSAGE.



MANY CHINESE DO NOT KNOW THAT TIBET WAS INDEPENDANT OF CHINA...THEY ARE VERY SURPRISED WHEN YOU TELL THEM THIS...THEY ARE TOLD THAT TIBET WAS ALAWAYS PART OF CHINA...
BRAINWASHING IS WELL AND ALIVE IN CHINA!

Snezana Miletic
Snezana Miletic5 years ago

Thanks

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B.5 years ago

Sad story.

May Howie
may Howie5 years ago

ty

John S.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks, shame it's been this long.

Marianne Good
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing