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Buddhist doctrine opposes self-immolation: top monks

(China Daily)

13:36, December 15, 2012

Eminent Tibetan Buddhist monks interviewed by Xinhua have expressed their grief over the recent deaths of Tibetans who set themselves alight.

"They do not even protect their own lives, which runs against Buddhist doctrine," Rinchen Amgyal told Xinhua.

The former abbot of the Tingkya Sangngak Choling, a monastery in Gonghe County of northwest China's Qinghai Province, said the most severe violation of Buddhist doctrine is to kill, and Buddhists should do good.

"It's a pity to lose such young lives," he said, adding that these suicide cases cannot represent Tibetans.

The Dalai Lama and his followers have argued that self-immolation is lofty and respectable for Tibetans who set themselves alight for the national cause instead of selfish ends.

However, Rinchen Amgyal said Tibetans are people who do good and tell the truth.

According to media reports, several self-immolations have occurred recently in Tibetan-inhabited regions in west China's Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu provinces bordering Tibet.

Lorang Konchok, a 40-year-old monk from an ethnic Tibetan area of southwest China's Sichuan Province, was found to have goaded eight people into setting themselves alight, three fatally, since 2009.

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