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Chinese county bans 'wrongly educated' monks in India from teaching Buddhism

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

A Chinese county has banned Tibetan Monks "wrongly educated" in from teaching Buddhism, fearing that they may spread "separatist" content, according to a state-run media report.

"Monks wrongly educated in are banned from teaching to residents of county in Southwest China's Sichuan Province," state-run quoted an as saying yesterday.

The county conducts 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 the paper.

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

The move was a standard practice every year "in response to the county's severe separatist situation," the official said.

accuses Tibetan the Dalai Lama and his associates as separatists. Over one and half lakh Tibetans whose families migrated along with Dalai Lama in 1959 lived in They have also established schools to team

has its own criteria to award Gexe Lharampa, and candidates have to pass Chinese Buddhist tests and a sutra debate, the paper said.

Those awarded the degree overseas are not acknowledged by 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 the daily.

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

As some monks received education overseas from the 14th Dalai Lama clique - whom China regards as separatists - it is necessary to tighten supervision so as to avoid the clique using local Buddhists to conduct separatist activities, Zhu said.

The official did not say how many monks are banned.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 19:30 IST