Ven Samten Woeser Rinpoche the former abbot of Chamdha monastery in Golok Chikdril County, eastern Tibet. Photo: TPI

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Dharamshala, India — A senior Tibetan Buddhist monk in eastern Tibet has recently called on exiled Tibetan President Dr Lobsang Sangay to send His Holiness the Dalai Lama's special envoy to restart the dialogue with the Chinese government because China always says it's door is always open for the dialogue with the Tibetan representatives on resolving Tibet issue.

In a video footage, Ven Samten Woeser Rinpoche the former abbot of Chamdha monastery in Golok Chikdril County, eastern Tibet has strongly urged Dr Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration for a resumption of Sino-Tibetan talks. His comments came after more than 10 rounds of high-level negotiations with the Chinese government. There has been no official communication between the Chinese government and the Tibetan Government in-Exile since 2010.

According to the sources, the senior Buddhist monk recorded video footage at 01.30 pm local time on January 13, 2019 and extended warm Losar greetings to all the Tibetan people, both inside and outside Tibet. "Ahead of our Tibetan new year, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my warm wishes to all Tibetans led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a Happy New Year."

In the video footage, the senior monk can be seen rapidly paying his respect in front of two large portraits of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his prayer room and urged President Dr Lobsang Sangay to send special envoy to hold the dialogues with China on resolving Tibet issue because "China always claims it's door is always open for the dialogues".

He said "in the maintime, the Chinese government always tells the world that the door for dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama is always open, therefore, I hope that the Tibetans in exile will be able to send Tibetan representatives to China every year to hold negotiations with the Chinese government representatives.

In addition, I am calling on the legitimate 'representative of all Tibetans both inside and outside Tibet, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay to support for the Jonang school of Tibetan Buddhism to strive for their representation in the Tibetan Parliament in- Exile as per the reservation provisions granted to the four sects of the Tibetan Buddhism and the Bon sect. "I hope the two representatives will be elected soon this year with support of Sikyong".

While expressing his unwavering faith and prayers for health and long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he expressed his appreciation for His Holiness the Dalai Lama for giving his approval to recognise Jonang as a separate sect. For Jonang tradition, Kalachakra is said to be their main practice, Woeser Rinopche expressed the importance of the Kalachakra initiation and teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He said "His Holiness the Dalai Lama is my root teacher in this life and next life, no one can be compared with His Holiness."

The sources told the TPI that “in 2015 hundreds of Tibetans gathered at Jonang Chamda Monastery to recite long life prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and also to honour a senior monk whose birth date fell within the same month. Since then China has imposed heavy restrictions on the monastery, particularly on senior monks.

From September 2002 to January 2010, the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government conducted nine dialogues and one informal contact, but none of them achieved any results. In the nine years since the interruption of the dialogue between the two sides, the Tibetan exiled official and non-official organizations and the international community have repeatedly called on the Chinese government to accept the "middle way" policy proposed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and restart the dialogue to resolve the Tibet issue. However, China has not set aside Reason.

The Chinese Communist totalitarian regime began their invasion of Tibet in 1949, reaching complete occupation of the country in 1959. Since that time, more than 1.2 million people, 20% of the nation's population of six million, have died as a direct result of China's invasion and occupation. In addition, over 99% of Tibet's six thousand religious monasteries, temples, and shrines, have been looted or decimated resulting in the destruction of hundreds of thousands of sacred Buddhist scriptures.