Demolition of Larung Gar Monastery inhuman, says former exiled Tibetan PM
Dharamsala, Oct 12 (ANI): Former Tibetan prime minister-in-exile Samdhong Rinpoche termed demolition of Larung Gar Monastery and eviction of thousands of monks and nuns in his homeland as inhuman and unconstitutional. Larung Gar is a valley in the China-administered Sichuan province in East Tibet, where thousands of monks, nuns and students, who come to study, reside and live together. The population of over 40,000 comprises primarily monks and nuns, making it one of the largest religious institutions in the world. Rinpoche said it was not for the first time that Chinese authorities had completely demolished Larung Gar as a similar drive was carried out in 2002-2003 after which the monastery was reassembled day by day. Around 10,000 monks, nuns and students live at the Buddhist academy, which the Chinese authorities intend to eliminate, citing that the valley was overcrowded.