By Tenzin Sangmo
demolished dwellings and meditation huts in the nuns’ quarter at Yachen Gar in the fall 2016. PC- ICT
DHARAMSHALA, July 12: Tibetan nuns undergoing political re-education post mass eviction from Yachen Gar in May this year were beaten for weeping in detention, reported Radio Free Asia
Yachen Gar, located in Pelyul County in Sichuan saw the removal of about 3,500 monks and nuns by Chinese authorities to curtail the growing influence of the centre that also hosts many Chinese practitioners.
These nuns, now held for political re-education classes in Jomda (in Chinese, Jiangda) county in the Tibet Autonomous Region’s Chamdo (Chengdu) prefecture, have broken down from stress at the re-education camp where they have to perform Chinese patriotic songs and dance in the day and watch Chinese propaganda films showing Chinese victories in battle in war with Japan in the evening.
The report said the nuns had also been forced to replace robes with lay clothing.
The Chinese guards, believing the nuns’ tears to be evidence of disloyalty to China, physically attacked the women, “beating them black and blue,” RFA quoted its source, “Afterward, the nuns could hardly stand up because the torture was so severe.”
They were also told they will be held in detention for a year and a half instead of six months for the rest and were disallowed from receiving gifts of food or clothing from visiting family members, said the same source.
Another source told RFA it is difficult to find out exactly how many monks and nuns have been detained at the re-education camp in Jomda due to strict surveillance and monitoring.
Around 600 Chinese officials are now permanently stationed at the sprawling Buddhist centre to “maintain a tight watch” over those who remain and to check on all outside visitors.
Chinese authorities are now demolishing dwellings at Yachen Gar formerly occupied by many of those expelled, one source told RFA, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
International Campaign for Tibet, (ICT), in its March 2017 report said the repression at Larung Gar and Yachen Gar appear to reflect strong concern about their growing influence and popularity in the PRC as well as in Tibet.
“Both Larung Gar and the other important monastic encampment in eastern Tibet, Yachen Gar, have drawn thousands of Chinese practitioners to study Buddhist ethics and receive spiritual teaching since their establishment, and have bridged Tibetan and Chinese communities.”