Sangdag | 桑达

Sangdag | 桑达

Note: Japanese artist Tomoyo Ihaya painted the image for Sangdag.

February 26: In confirmed reports coming out of Tibet, a monk set himself on fire yesterday (Feb 25th) in Ngaba region of eastern Tibet in protest against China’s continued occupation of Tibet.

Sangdag, a monk of the Dhiphu Monastery, set himself ablaze on a main road in Ngaba district at around 10 am (local time).

According to the exile base of Kirti Monastery in Dharamshala, Sangdag’s present condition is unknown.

“Soon after Sangdag carried out his fiery protest, Chinese security personnel arrived at the scene and doused the flames on his body,” Kirti Monastery said in a release today. “He was taken a hospital in Ngaba but shortly after that the Chinese police bundled him away to another place.”

The release added that details of Sangdag’s self-immolation protest and his current condition and whereabouts are not available.

The Dhiphu Gon Gelek Terzoe Ling Monastery, founded by Dhiphu Choeje, currently has around 500 monks.

Sangdag | 桑达 was the 112th(108thinside Tibet) Tibetan self-immolator since 2009.

桑达,安多阿坝(今四川省阿坝藏族羌族自治州阿坝县)德普寺(萨迦派)僧人,年约19岁。
2013年2月25日(藏历新年初十五),上午约10点,桑达在阿坝县城南路大街上点火自焚,并喊了口号,但口号内容暂不清楚。军警很快赶到现场,扑灭桑达身上火焰后将他带走,据悉先是带往阿坝县医院,然后又被转移,之后生死不明。
桑达是阿坝县河支乡独洼村人。家人情况暂不详。
桑达出家为僧的德普寺,全名叫德普格勒德佐林寺,位于阿坝县德格乡境内,是一座有着两百多年历史的萨迦派大寺。桑达是第一位自焚的萨迦派僧人。

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