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Generations Rangzen // 13/07/2008  // Agnès DHERBEYS
Arka Lama, 36 yo in Boddhanath neighborhood, Katmandu, 19th of July 2008 (he is also one of the 10 marchers group). In 1995, many protests took place in Tibet regarding the polemic about the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama (In 1989, Choekyi Gyaltsen --the 10th Panchen Lama, second highest religious authority after HH the Dalai Lama, passed away. While the circumstances of his death still remain unclear, HH the Dalai Lama identified and recognized the 6 y.o Ghendhun Choekyi as being the 11th reincarnation of Panchen Lama. But 3 days after his identification, he and his family disappeared. China now recognizes they have made him prisoner, the 11th Panchen Lama becoming the world youngest political prisonner). Arka became a monk when he was 11yo, in Tashilhunpo –the Panchen Lama Monastery nowadays limited to 1,000 authorized monks, “but at the time, we were not even 1,000”. “After years of practice, I slowly got to realize that becoming a Lama was also synonymous of resistance. In 1995, the Chinese came and arrested 36 of us while we were asleep. They put some strange chains on our fingers. We didn’t’ even get the chance to talk to our masters that evening… We all got taken to jail, some of the lamas highest teachers got sentenced for 3 or 4 years. I was still a novice back then, and I only spent 3 months in prison (…). They would force us to declare we are not followers of HH the Dalai Lama, and when we would resist, the guards would beat us up. I escaped Tibet with my cousin, who was 13 yo at the time. We went on a bus to the border and walked for 7 days until we reached Nepal. I then went to Dharamsala, where I had an audience with HH the Dalai Lama. I offered him some Chende I had taken with me from Tibet, and felt so overwhelmed! He told me I should go to Tashilhunpo monastery in South India”. “It has been a year now I am in Nepal. My relatives are worried because I am very active here. I walked with the group of 10 marchers to the border and I go to all demo // En 2008 à Katmandu les tibétains ont manifesté contre l'occupation chinoise dans leur pays. Agnes Dherbeys / M.Y.O.P