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Exile Tibetan Religious Leaders Reject China's Regulation on Buddhist Monastic Management

Kalon Tsering Phuntsok, Kalon for the Department of Religion and Culture, addresses to the media at the Department of Information and International Relations in Dharamsala on 27 October 2010

The heads of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the Central Tibetan Administration's Department of Religion and Culture in Dharamsala strongly repudiated a regulation imposed by the Chinese government aimed at undermining Tibet's traditional Buddhist culture.

The State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) of the People's Republic of China, issued a circular called the 'Regulation on the administration of Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries or Order No 8', which would come into effect on November 1. The order clearly states that any overseas individual or organisation, which in effect means the Dalai Lama's set-up, must not control Tibetan Buddhist temple affairs.

Addressing a press conference on October 27 Tsering Phuntsok, Minister of the Department of Religion and Culture of the Tibetan government-in-exile, said the new regulation is in total violation of the provisions of the Chinese Constitution, which guarantees that citizens of the People's Republic of China freedom of religious belief. Phuntsok added that the new regulation has been designed to snap any possible links between Tibet-based monks and India-based Dalai Lama.

Some information for this report was provided by Tibet.Net and Reuters.