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San Francisco, US: Protest for the Panchen Lama
May 17 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Join SFT-West to protest and call on China to release the Panchen Lama’s whereabouts.
In 1995, at age 6, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, Tibet’s second most important spiritual leader. Shortly thereafter, the young child and his family were detained by the Chinese authorities. (Historically, the Panchen Lama has played a pivotal role in identifying the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, and vice versa.)
Shortly after Gedhun Choekyi Nyima’s detention, the Chinese government installed another young boy, Gyaltsen Norbu, in his place. The Chinese government continues to meddle ruthlessly in Tibetan Buddhist affairs in an attempt to exert political and social control over Tibetans through the religious institutions at the center of Tibetan life. To date, China has denied all requests from the international community to see Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the real Panchen Lama; his whereabouts remain unknown. Tibetans and supporters worldwide call for the immediate release of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and for his return to his rightful seat in Tashilhunpo Monastery.
We must continue to expose Chinese government’s unyielding secrecy about the Panchen Lama’s whereabouts, and demand the immediate release of Gedun Choekyi Nyima and for his return to his rightful seat in Tashilhunpo Monastery. You can do your part by signing and sharing this petition calling for Sun Chunlan, China’s official spokesperson for Tibetan affairs, to give accurate information about the whereabouts and well-being of the Panchen Lama and his family.