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Thursday, January 22, 2004

5. His Holiness Asks Khenpo’s followers to Implement His Teachings (TN)


22 January 2004

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has urged the followers of
the late Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok that the important
thing for them at this sad period is to practice the
oral teachings and transmissions given by the Khenpo.
His Holiness conveyed this message during an audience
to one of the disciples of Khenpo in Sarnath on
January 19, 2004, according to the Voice of America's
Tibetan service.

VOA, in its broadcast on January 20, 2004, carried a
recording of His Holiness' message in which he said he
was saddened to hear about the passing away of Khen
Rinpoche (an honorific reference to Khenpo Jigme
Phuntsok). His Holiness said the Khenpo faced many

His Holiness said it is now important for the Khenpo's
followers to commit themselves to practicing the
religious initiations and transmissions as well as the
oral teachings given by the Khenpo. Although it is
over 2500 years since the Buddha passed away, his
doctrine continues to survive, His Holiness said,
adding that similarly, the followers of the Khenpo
should see that his teachings continue.

In his message to the Chinese followers and
benefactors of the Khenpo, His Holiness said that they
should work to fulfill the wishes of their late master
and that they should not loose any determination on

In the same broadcast, VOA quoted a disciple of the
Khenpo as saying that the funeral of the late Khenpo
will take place on the third of the Twelfth Tibetan
month, which falls on January 24, 2004.

The late Khenpo is reported to have said that he did
not want his mortal remains to be preserved nor for
his followers to search for his reincarnation.

Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, the Chief Abbot of the Serthar
Buddhist Institute, breathed his last in a hospital in
Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province on 7 January

In 1990 Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok traveled to India, where
he met His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He also traveled
to many countries, including Nepal, Bhutan, the United
States, Canada, England, France, Germany, Taiwan and
Hong Kong and taught extensively on Tibetan Buddhism
and culture.

Demonstrations for human rights and against death
penalty, at the time of Hu Jintao visit in France

PARIS 22 Jan 2004 (France-Tibet, - Major
NGOs: Amnesty International, Ligue des droits de
l'Homme (LDH), FIDH, Reporters sans frontieres (RSF),
Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM), MRAP,
France-Tibet, Students for a Free Tibet, are appealing
for a demonstration for human rights and against death
penalty in China and in Tibet, Saturday 24 January
2004, at 11.30 A.M. (and until 5 P.M.), in PARIS,
Place Edmond Michelet, near Centre Pompidou
(Beaubourg), Metro: Chatelet-les Halles. This
demonstration is held in memory of Lobsang Dhondup,
executed one year ago, and to support Tenzin Delek
Rinpoche, also unjustly sentenced to death. The
following week, the Chinese President Hu Jintao will
visit France to celebrate the 40th birthday of
reestablishment of diplomatic relations between France
and China.

At the same time as Hu Jintao will be received at the
French Parliament, another demonstration will be held
to request reestablishment of Sino-Tibetan
negotiations: Tuesday 27 January 2004 at 4 P.M. Place
Santiago du Chilli / Salvador Allende, in front of
Invalides, near the French Parliament, in Paris.

Obituary of Yeshi Gyatso According to sources Yeshi
Gyatso, a political prisoner, has died at home on
January 15, 2004 noon. Late November 2003 he had been
released from prison on medical parole.

Yeshi Gyatso has been sentenced to 6 years
imprisonment. According to sources, Yeshi was
sentenced either in October or November during a trial
by the Lhasa city’s "People’s Intermediate Court", but
there has been no confirmation from the Chinese
authorities. Yeshi, a member of the Lhasa city’s
"People’s Political Consultative Conference", was
arrested from his home in Lhasa on June 16, last year
over suspected involvement in political activities.
Two other Tibetans, Dawa Tashi and Buchung, students
at the Tibet University in Lhasa city were also
arrested during the crackdown in Lhasa by the Chinese

In August 2002, the Chinese authorities confirmed to
foreign journalists visiting Tibet that they had
detained Yeshi Gyatso and other Tibetans. In response
to questions by a correspondent of the Associated
Press, the Vice Mayor of Lhasa City, while confirming
the detention of Yeshi, alleged that he has engaged in
"separatist" activities violating the law of the
People’s Republic of China. The Vice Mayor further
told the correspondent that Dawa Tashi (aged 23) was
released after one month’s detention but provided no
information on the status of Buchung.

Yeshi, earlier detained in 1959 for 10 years at
Drapchi Prison, had spent another 10 years at Sangyip
Prison’s "labour through re-education" Unit Five.
Yeshi who is around 70 years of age today, was a civil
servant of pre-1959 Tibet, with the rank of
"drung-khor". Popularly known as Kyamtoe Yeshi Gyatso,
he was also known as Tingshar Yeshi Gyatso after his
first marriage to Sonam from the Tingshar family who
lived in Banak Shol area of Lhasa. Despite the news
about Yeshi’s conviction, the Chinese authorities have
failed to clearly specify the charges over which he
was sentenced. This raises another concern over the
independence of the judiciary in the present-day
People’s Republic of China. Before his sentencing
Yeshi was detained at Gutsa Prison.

We pray to the Buddha that Yeshi Gyatso’s soul may
rest in peace. We convey our condolences to the
members of the bereaved family and ask the Communist
Chinese regime that they adhere by the international
law. We appeal to Tibet Support Groups and others who
cherish freedom to use their good offices and put
pressure on China that they stop torture on Tibetans.

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Kashag Condoles the Death of an Ex-Political Prisoner (TN)
  2. Seven years out of Tibet (AT)
  3. Tibet as zone of peace must for India's security: Dalai lama (DG)
  4. Better Sino-Indian ties may help Tibetan cause: Dalai Lama
  5. His Holiness Asks Khenpo’s followers to Implement His Teachings (TN)
  6. His Holiness Asks Khenpo’s followers to Implement His Teachings (TN)

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