Posted by: becketfund | June 14, 2007

Tibet: Chinese Authorities Demolish Buddhist Statue

The International Campaign for Tibet reports that Chinese authorities have demolished a thirty foot tall Buddhist statue at Samye monastery in Tibet, saying that the image violated a 2005 law which banned “large-size outdoor religious statues” commissioned by individuals. The statue, a representation of Guru Rinpoche, who is said to have established Buddhism in Tibet, was paid for by two Chinese devotees from Guangzhou Province. Since 2005, Chinese authorities have sought to gain tighter control over religious practice in Tibet, and since January of this year have introduced several new restrictions on practice.

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