Tibetan monks pray inside a monastery marking the 58th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule in New Delhi in this March 10, 2017 photo. Monasteries across Tibet marked the death anniversary of one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most important teachers on Dec 12. (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP)
Monasteries across Tibet and in Tibetan-populated areas of China marked the death anniversary of one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most significant teachers on Dec.1, drawing large crowds closely watched by Chinese police, sources said.The Ganden Ngachoe, or Festival of Light, gathering marks the death of Tsongkhapa, the fourteenth-century founder of Tibet’s largest Buddhist school, the Gelugpa, and is celebrated with lamp displays and offerings to monks.A Tibetan living in Rebgong County in northwestern China’s Qinghai province told Radio Free Asia (RFA) that large numbers of devotees had gathered at Rongwo monastery to make offerings and prostrate themselves in devotion in a circuit around the temples.
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