DHARAMSHALA, November 23 – A Chinese court in Tibet’s Zamthang County in Ngaba prefecture have sentenced a Tibetan monk to four years and six month’s imprisonment on charges of “separatist” activities, a Tibetan exile source said.
Hortsang Tamdin, the monk disciplinarian of Jonang monastery in Zamthang, was arrested on April 24 this year during the annual prayer of the monastery.
Founded in 13th century, Jonang is a tradition of Tibetan Buddhism distinct from the four main traditions of Gelug, Nyingma, Sakya and Kagyu.
Jhonang monastery in Zamthang/file
Tamdin has allegedly conducted prayers and post death rituals for Tibetan self immolators, the source said, adding that he had also publicly praised the Tibetans with the notion of unity among the three traditional provinces of Tibet. He called them “the great sons and daughters of the land of snows”, the source said.
Tamdin was running a charity that provides financial assistance to the poor, sick and disabled people around Zamthang. He often travelled to China where several donors had helped him in his charity missions.
According to the same source, he was accused of instigating the masses into “separatist” activities and also “supporting independence for Tibet”.
The Chinese officials often instigate the Jonang followers against the exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama saying Beijing gives them better representation than the “separatist” government in exile.
It is not known which detention centre or prison Tamdin is held in currently.