On Feb. 08, The three prestigious monasteries in Lhasa (Ganden Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery) jointly submitted a letter of acknowledgement to the party committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region, expressing their appreciation of preferential policies on monastery enhancement and management and earnestly asking to pass on their gratitude and respect to President Xi Jinping and the central party committee.
In the letter, the three monasteries express the gratitude as well as present hearty blessings from Buddhist monks to President Xi, the party committee at central and regional level and local government.
The letter writes that, under the leadership of President Xi, a series of policies that benefit monasteries have been carried out by the local party committee and the local government. They have brought us care and warmth. Nowadays, Lhasa is filled with a smooth religious atmosphere with harmony stricken between society and religion. The monks’ laughter displays their heartfelt love for the party and the country which in turn endow them with care and support.
The letter mentions that a series of monastery promotion and favorable measures have been implemented such as physical check and monastery assessment.
In particular, the cadres of the central government in the monasteries have moved us with strict disciplines, arduous dedication, down-to-earth working attitude and most importantly their respect for religion. They have brought religion closer to the party and aroused the monks’ awareness to protect the harmonious relation between religion and society.
The party and the government not only care about our life and study, but also fully trust us on politics by increasing the proportion of monk deputies in political consultative committee. Therefore, we have more say in building our society.
The letter states that a peaceful life with comfort and spiritual advancement is the common goal of Buddhist monks. We would strictly adhere to Buddhist doctrines and, modeling the 10th Panchen Lama, popularize excellent traditions of "love the country and religion", "follow the laws and regulations", "eradicating the evil and extolling the lofty", and "pray for harmony and peace".
May our great motherland be prosperous and peaceful.