New Delhi (Sputnik) — In what could be termed as a major setback to Tibetan monks trained in India, China has banned them from teaching in monasteries.
Global Times reported on Tuesday that Indian-trained monks have been banned from teaching Buddhism to residents of Litang county in Southwest China's Sichuan Province.
China's #Sichuan Province imposes ban on Indian-origin monks teaching #Buddhism to public which could breed separatism. Instead, #Litang County to organise patriotic education classes and to award academic degree in #Tibetan Buddhist studies. pic.twitter.com/rLTg0d8XyO— Friends of Tibet (@friendsoftibet) May 15, 2018
"As some monks received education overseas from the 14th Dalai Lama clique — whom China regards as separatist — it is necessary to tighten supervision so as to avoid the clique using local Buddhists to conduct separatist activities," Zhu Weiqun, an influential former head of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, told Global Times.
Of late, it is widely believed that the Dalai Lama, whom China considers a dangerous secessionist leader engaged in anti-China activities from India's territory to secure Tibetan independence, has made a fresh attempt to return to his homeland.
However, the Dalai Lama, who has been traveling all over India as part of the celebration of his arrival to the country six decades ago, said that Tibet could benefit economically by staying in China, while Chinese citizens could benefit from Tibetan Buddhism.
"Historically and culturally, Tibet has been independent. The region's geography shows where Tibet begins. So long as the constitution of China recognizes our culture and the Tibetan autonomous region's special history, they can remain [part of China]," the Dalai Lama said on April 22 in New Delhi during a lecture to commemorate the 60th anniversary of his exile to India.