Press Statement on the 21st Birthday of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima” the XIth
25 April 2010: Today marks the 21st birthday of the XIth Panchen Lama: Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, one of Tibet’s most important religious leaders, who was abducted by the Chinese authorities on 17 May 1995 when he was just six years old. He and his parents were not seen for the past 15 years and there has been no clear information on their exact whereabouts and well being. Over the years the Panchen Lama’s plight has come to symbolize the crisis facing the survival of Tibet’s religious culture.
Just imagine, being an adult (assuming he is still alive) and being imprisoned for 15 years just for being yourself.
Love & clear light,