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Foreign forces must not interfere in Tibetan Buddhism affairs

October 14, 2010

Xinhua (People's Republic of China)
October 9, 2010

China has promulgated a regulation on the
administration of Tibetan Buddhist temples which
stipulates, among others, that overseas
individuals or organizations should not interfere in temple affairs.

The regulation, issued by the State
Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), will come into effect on Nov. 1.

The regulation, which was made public in a
circular on the agency's website, says Tibetan
Buddhist temple affairs must not be subject to
the control by any overseas individual or organization.

It also states that no individual or organization
should use Tibetan Buddhism as a cover to disrupt
social order and the state's education system,
harm people's health, or infringe public interest
and the citizens' legitimate rights.

The circular said some temples' internal
management, such as the management of temple
staff and financial status, has been in chaos in
recent years, and some temples had expanded
blindly, incurring financial burdens on local people.

It also said a number of temple staff, under the
influence of overseas separatists, were engaged
in activities that could sabotage ethnic solidarity and national unity.

Therefore, the administration of Tibetan Buddhist
temples should be regulated in a more detailed
way, on the basis of China's Regulation on
Religious Affairs which took effect in 2005, said the circular.

According to the new regulation, legitimate
rights and interests of Tibetan Buddhist temples
and their staff would be protected by law.

Lawful activities of the temples will be
guaranteed, such as running training courses on
Tibetan Buddhist classics, publishing reading
materials, accepting donations from domestic and
overseas organizations and individuals, and launching philanthropic activities.

The SARA started drafting the regulation since
2008, and has "thoroughly" solicited opinions
from representatives of the Tibetan Buddhist
circle in Chinese provinces and autonomous
regions where Tibetan Buddhists inhabit, said the circular.
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