Jan. 3, 2018 -- The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region. (File photo by He Penglei)
Jan. 3, 2018 -- A total of 6881 Tibetan monks have been award as role models of patriotism and law observance, including Suolang Wangjiu, deputy director of the management committee of the Gmthang Monastery in Lhoka city.
Monks are religious people, but they are first of all Chinese citizens. So monks should also do their duty and enjoy their civil rights, said Suolang Wangjiu.
The Toling Monastery is located near the border between China and India. As a Chinese citizen living along the border, I want to be the guardian of our country, said Zhaxi Qunpei, monk of the Toling Monastery in Ngari Prefecture.
Being patriotic and obeying the law is not contradictory to following religious disciplines, said Gesong Nima, deputy director of the management committee of the Riwoche Monastery and deputy of Tibet People’s Congress.
All Tibetan monks have been covered by medical and old insurances, and basic living allowances, said Suolang Wangjiu.
By: Jia Puyu