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(Venerable Rachung Gendun. Source: Radio Free Asia)

Tibetan Monks Imprisoned for Sending Donations to the Dalai Lama

According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), Chinese authorities in Tibet have sentenced Rachung Gendun and Sonam Gyatso who are two monks from the Kirti monastery in Sichuan province to reportedly three years in prison. Their crime was sending prayer offerings to the Dalai Lama and the abbot of their monastery, both residing in exile in Dharamsala, India.

 RFA reports “in both cases, details surrounding their trials and sentencing are not known in detail, but Chinese authorities consider it illegal for Tibetans to contact exiles. They are particularly sensitive about contacts made with the Dalai Lama. Displays by Tibetans of the Dalai Lama’s photo, public celebrations of his birthday, and the sharing of his teachings on mobile phones or other social media are often harshly punished.”

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