Washington DC : Kyabje Ling Rinpoche met with Special Advisor, Thames Noax, of the International Religious Freedom sector at the State Department this Friday. Representative Ngodup Tsering and Tendol Gorap, the President of Capitol Area Tibetan Association, attended the meeting.
Ling Rinpoche informed the special advisor about the dire situation in Tibet in general and religious freedom in particular. It makes no sense at all, for communist Regime of China, which do not profess any faith to interfere in Tibetan Buddhists belief and practice of reincarnation explained the Rinpoche. By meddling in the Reincarnation tradition of Tibetan Buddhist, China is actually making a mockery of Tibetan Buddhist followers’ profound belief in the life after death, the Representative Ngodup told US official.
Rinpoche further mentioned about different measures introduced by CCP, like setting up of monastic management committees, in each monastery in Tibet to govern the daily activities of the monastery-making normal practice impossible. Rinpoche eloquently brought home the pressing threat to the Tibetan language, religion and culture in Tibet. Special Advisor showed deep concern and assured that his Bureau will do whatever possible.
The Special advisor explained how Ambassador Brownback spoke at the recent religious event in the United Nations, which caught the Chinese delegation unexpectedly. The Special Advisor recounted his experience in Nepal where the religious freedom is in peril and assured the Rinpoche that his Bureau will do whatever necessary to protect the religious freedom of all faith community including Tibet. Rinpoche offered him a traditional white scarf and biography book of his predecessor, the most revered Ling Rinpoche—the former senior tutor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.