Tongkor Monastery

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Tongkor Monastery
Religion
AffiliationTibetan Buddhism
SectGelug
Location
LocationZithang, Garzê County, Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan
Tongkor Monastery is located in Sichuan
Tongkor Monastery
Shown within Sichuan
Geographic coordinates31°45′19″N 100°12′36″E / 31.7553°N 100.2100°E / 31.7553; 100.2100Coordinates: 31°45′19″N 100°12′36″E / 31.7553°N 100.2100°E / 31.7553; 100.2100

Tongkor Monastery (also known as Ganden Chokhorling and Dangar Gompa) is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in Zithang Town, Garzê County, Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China.

History[edit]

The monastery was founded by Tongkor I, Dawa Gyaltsen, in the 15th century. It was previously the largest monastery in the county with some 500 monks about the beginning of the 20th century. This had dropped to about 70 monks at the time of the 2008 crackdown.[1]

"On April 3, 2008, troops fired upon protesters from Tongkor (Chinese: Donggu) monastery, 60 kilometers from Kardze town, killing at least 10 people. The protests were sparked by a raid on the monastery by police, the detention of a senior monk, and resentment over intensified Patriotic Education."[2]

Some accounts claim up to 14 people were killed.[3]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ A Great Mountain Burned by Fire (1008), p. 56.
  2. ^ A Great Mountain Burned by Fire: China's Crackdown in Tibet, p. 25. For details see the Chapter, "A Raid on Tongkor Monastery leads to Dissent and Deaths", pp. 55-59.[1]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2009-11-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

References[edit]

  • A Great Mountain Burned by Fire: China's Crackdown in Tibet. (March, 2009). A Report by the International Campaign for Tibet. Washington, B.C., Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels. Downloadable at: [2]
  • Mayhew, Bradley and Kohn, Michael Tibet. (2005). 6th Edition. Lonely Planet. ISBN 1-74059-523-8.