China Conducts Demolitions at Tibetan Buddhist Study Site

BEIJING — Chinese authorities in southwestern Sichuan province have evicted followers and razed scores of homes at one of the world’s largest centers of Tibetan Buddhist learning in a months-long operation that has drawn protests from Tibetans in exile.

Local officials in Garze prefecture say they are carrying out demolitions to prevent overcrowding and to renovate Larung Gar, a sprawling, mountainside settlement that housed more than 10,000 monks and nuns who stayed and studied for months at a time. Authorities are reportedly seeking to cut the population by half, to 5,000.

Overseas Tibetan groups say the forced evictions and demolitions are meant to put a damper on the spread of Tibetan Buddhism. Larung Gar’s academy has increasingly attracted large numbers of disciples from China’s Han ethnic majority as well as foreign visitors.

A Tibetan Buddhist nun walking past dwellings during the annual Bliss Dharma assembly at the Larung Gar religious institute in Sertar, in northern Sichuan Province, last year. CreditKevin Frayer/Getty Images.

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Recent photos of housing destroyed by residents themselves before the arrival of government demolition crew at Yachen GarRecent photos of housing destroyed by residents themselves before the arrival of government demolition crew at Yachen Gar

Nuns and monks in Larung Gar on their way to a prayer hall. CreditGilles Sabrie for The New York Times

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One Response to “China Conducts Demolitions at Tibetan Buddhist Study Site”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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