Tsultrim Gyatso, a 43 year old Tibetan monk of Amchok monastery died after he set himself on fire today, December 19, 2013 in Amchok town, Sangchu County of Gansu Prefecture around 2.30 PM local time, making him the 125th Tibetan to self immolate in protest against the Chinese government since February 2009.
Tsuiltrim Gyatso is confirmed dead, and was taken to Amchok monastery where monks were preparing to conduct prayers as part of the post death rituals for the deceased. However, armed Chinese officials arrived at the monastery the same evening and confiscated Gyatso's body.
Gyatso had left behind a handwritten note in Tibetan titled,"Golden Drops of Tears", which called for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet, release of the jailed Panchen Lama, and unity among Tibetans.
Following is the english translation for his note.
Golden Drops of Tears
Oh, tears. Troubled heart. Oh, brother, can you hear? Can you see? Who will I talk to about the suffering of the six million Tibetans? This harsh prison of China, for the purpose of taking this treasury of gold and silver. The people of Tibet are made to suffer. Tears fall from my eyes pondering that. I hope through the power of having offered my precious human body to fire, May His Holiness the Dalai Lama return back to our home land, and May His Holiness the Panchen Lama regain his freedom. For the suffering of the six million Tibetans, I light this lamp of my body. Due to this offering, I pray that all the sentient beings in the three realms become free from the three poisons (of attachment, hatred and ignorance) and take the path of the awakened ones. May the Lama and the three jewels (Buddha, Dharma, and the Sangha) protect those without a protector. May all the brothers and sisters of the land of snow mountains reunite!