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China bans 'wrongly educated' India-trained monks

IANS  |  Beijing 

has banned India-trained "wrongly educated" monks from teaching Buddhism, fearing they may be of "separatist" bend.

The ban was imposed by a county in province in Sichuan, according to the state-run

An said on Monday that "monks wrongly educated in were banned from teaching to residents of county".

is one of the five officially recognised religions in

accuses Tibetan the Dalai Lama of secessionist activities in where most people follow

The county stages patriotic education classes every year for those educated and awarded Gexe Lharampa, the highest academic degree in Tibetan Buddhist studies in India, an from Litang's ethnic and religious affairs bureau told

Those who behaved improperly at the patriotic classes or showed "any signs of separatist intent" are strictly monitored and banned from teaching Buddhism to the public, said the who refused to be named.

China has its own criteria to award Gexe Lharampa. Candidates have to pass Chinese Buddhist tests and a sutra debate.

Those awarded the degree overseas are not acknowledged by China and are not qualified to teach Buddhism in the country, Zhu Weiqun, former of the Ethnic and of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, told

Some 105 monks in have been awarded the Chinese Buddhist version of the degree since 2004, the reported.



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 17:20 IST