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CPC official urges democratic management of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries

August 20, 2010

Xinhua (People's Republic of China)
August 16, 2010

LHASA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- A senior official of
the Communist Party of China (CPC) has urged
greater efforts to implement democratic
management in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.

Concerted and solid efforts must be paid to
implement democratic management in Tibetan
Buddhist monasteries, said the official, Du
Qinglin, head of the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee.

Du, also vice chairman of the National Committee
of the Chinese People's Political Consultative
Conference, made the remarks during a conference
on democratic management of Tibetan Buddhist
monasteries which was held in Xigaze of Tibet
Autonomous Region from Aug. 14 to 15.

Competent Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns who are
politically reliable, extraordinarily learned and
widely respected should be selected to monastery
management committees through thorough democratic consultation, said he,

In implementing monastery democratic management,
the lawful rights of monasteries, orderly
religious activities of monks and nuns, and
normal religious practice of believers must be ensured, he added.

The 11th Panchen Lama, Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu,
who is also vice president of the Buddhist
Association of China, sent a congratulatory letter to the conference.

The conference was attended by some 150 people
from Tibetan Buddhist circles and relative governmental organizations.
Editor: Mu Xuequan
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