Students for a Free Tibet condemn China-led Kalachakra with ‘fake’ Panchen Lama, call for release of imprisoned Tibet’s Panchen Lama

Exiled Tibetans yesterday carry ceremonial scarves to offer in front of a portrait of the Dalai Lama’s choice as the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, in Dharmsala, India. China has kept Gedhun Choekyi Nyima under house arrest at an undisclosed location since 1995. (Photo: AP)


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Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) condemned China’s effort to forcefully legitimize the controversial Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama, Gyancain Norbu, by hosting a state-controlled Kalachakra, an important and complex ritual in Tibetan Buddhism. The ritual is taking place in Shigatse, Tibet between July 21-24, while Tibet’s Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, still remains China’s captive after 21 years.

SFT International hosted an online facebook event, titled ‘A Kalachakra with Tibet’s Panchen Lama – Our Vision’ in order to expose the religious repression in TIbet, and the plight of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who was abducted by China on May 17, 1995, three days after being recognized by The Dalai Lama as the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet. Tibetans and supporters worldwide have joined this symbolic action to highlight the hypocrisy of the Chinese government’s actions and expose the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in its manipulation and oppression.

SFT’s Asia Director, Dorjee Tseten said:

“This is an attempt to exert political and social control over Tibetans through sacred religious rituals, which are an integral part of Tibetan life. Given that His Holiness the Dalai Lama turns 81 this year, Beijing has expressed its intention to choose the next reincarnation of the next Dalai Lama, criticizing His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on comments he made regarding his own reincarnation process. Due to the historical importance that the Panchen Lama plays in the recognition on the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation, this shows China’s malicious attempt to gain legitimacy to choose the next Dalai Lama.”

SFT’s Acting Executive Director, Pema Yoko said:

“The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) fails to understand that they cannot abduct Tibet’s Panchen Lama and then force upon the Tibetan people a state-controlled puppet version – there’s a reason why Tibetans call him the ‘fake’ Panchen Lama. This is a deceitful act that is only meant to oppress the Tibetan people and exert their views through a state-appointed figure.”



1) Read more on the Chinese-orchestrated Kalachakra in Tibet:

2) Read ‘Fake Panchen’ to give ‘Kalachakra’ initiation

3) Read ‘China’s Worst Kept Secret: 5 Facts About the Abduction of Tibet’s Panchen Lama’


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