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Tibetan girl spinning prayer wheels (credit: Pedro Saraiva)
Tibetan girl spinning prayer wheels (credit: Pedro Saraiva)

Tibetan culture and identity is inseparably linked to Tibetan Buddhism.

Religious practice and Buddhist principles are a part of daily life for most Tibetans. Monks and nuns play a key role in their communities, providing guidance and education. They are often very active in protecting and promoting Tibet's environment, language and culture.

Almost all Tibetans are deeply devoted to the Dalai Lama and his exile and treatment by the Chinese government are sources of grief and anger.

Tibetans' allegiance to the Dalai Lama and to Tibetan Buddhism is seen as a danger to the occupying Chinese state and, as a result, all aspects of religious practice are closely monitored and controlled.

Simply possessing an image of the Dalai Lama can result in arrest and torture. Monks and nuns are frequently targeted by security restrictions and they make up a significant proportion of political prisoners in Tibet.

China plans to replace the current Dalai Lama with its own puppet after he dies. Please take action now to resist this plan and protect religious freedom in Tibet.