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14:03 Sep 30 2011

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Religious dictatorship of the Dalai Clique
13:30, September 09, 2010  

The democratic temple management system is a complete negation of the former theocratic system and fundamentally abolishes the feudal privileges of temples to restore their basic functions, said Du Qinglin, deputy chairman of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC and director of the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee, during the "Experience Exchange Forum on Democratic Management of Tibetan Buddhist Temples" in Tibet Autonomous Region in August.

The report aroused the anxiousness of overseas "Tibetan separatists." They published articles and speeches one after another to attack China's democratic temple management system. An official of the representative office of the "Tibetan government-in-exile" in the United States expressed his "admiration and desire" for the theocratic temple management system of the old Tibet while talking nonsense.

As we all know, Tibet began to implement the secularism system to ensure that religion will not be allowed to interfere in non-religious fields, such as administration, justice and education, after the theocratic system was abolished by the Democratic Reform in Tibet in 1959. The reform also abolished the hierarchy of temples in Tibet and this was the real beginning of democratic temple management.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Reform in Tibet in 1959 also maintained the relatively reasonable forms in the past. The traditional posts of monks, including Khenpo, Wengze and Gegui, played a positive role with their strengths in temple education and temple traditions.

We may say that this series of major institutional changes laid a solid foundation for temples to begin modernization in Tibet as soon as possible and also opened a broad road for the development of Tibetan Buddhism in the new century.

The "Tibetan separatist" forces have tried all means to slander China's democratic temple management system, but what progress have they made in this respect?

Under the instructions of the Dalai Lama, the "Tibetan government-in-exile" established a "religious committee." The key task of this so-called "religious committee" is religious affairs management, but its management scope is not limited to its own religious sect, known as the Gelugpa sect, but also manages internal affairs of each sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

According to media reports, the functions of the "religious committee" are broken up into 11 major clauses including the fifth clause, which stipulates that the "religious committee" is the highest-level administrative unit of Tibetan religious affairs to guide and regulate the four major sects of the Tibetan Buddhism as well as the Bon religion. It also stipulates that the committee has formulated related laws and regulations in order to ensure the development of the distinctive traditions of the four major sects of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the Bon religion. Its functions also include intervening in the Buddhist practices and the recognition of the reincarnated Living Buddha of other sects.

Historically, each sect of Tibetan Buddhism has had its unique development process and each has had its independent management and autonomy. The "Tibetan government-in-exile" has not only disrespected each sect but also distorted Tibetan history and dictated religious affairs. In response, some senior monks have declared their exit from the "religious committee" to express their opposition and discontent.

Besides establishing the committee to control all sects of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, who is opposed to the conversion from Buddhism to any other religion, once publicly interfered with others' freedom of belief.

When the Dalai Lama delivered a sermon in India in the middle of August this year, he expressed his opposition to religious conversion to over 5,000 listeners in an undisguised manner. Shortly afterwards, a media agency run by the Dalai Clique published an article to indoctrinate readers with the Dalai Lama's theories.

The Dalai Lama and the "Tibetan government-in-exile" are so dictatorial and despotic in dealing with religious affairs that they have no right to make irresponsible comments on the democratic management in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries implemented in Tibet and all Tibetan-inhabited areas.

By People's Daily Online


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