The 11th Panchen Lama

     In 1995, at the age of six, a young boy was recognized as Tibet’s reincarnated 11th Panchen Lama, one of that country’s most important religious leaders.  Young Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was so recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  Shortly thereafter, the Chinese government took him and his family into custody and have not been seen since.  The previous 10th Panchen Lama had died under mysterious conditions in 1989.  He had been a vocal advocate for Tibetan culture and autonomy.

     On April 25, 2012 the Panchen Lama turned 23 years of age.  Seventeen of those years have been spent in captivity without knowledge of his whereabouts.

     The Chinese government had asserted themselves in the search for the reincarnated Panchen Lama and assigned someone of their own choosing as the religious leader.  Now, this government-assigned Panchen Lama has been given a title in Chinese government equal to the status of a congressman and has been active in making propaganda statements for his regime against Tibetans.

     Peoples worldwide and human rights groups have called for the immediate release of the Panchen Lama.  Under these conditions, there is great concern by many that his life is threatened.  The government of China has remained silent on this issue.

     You can find out more information on  This is the website for the International Campaign for Tibet which serves to protect the people of Tibet from human rights violations and mobilizing assistance in education and development for its people.  Or, see Students for a Free Tibet

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  1. Good summary. Good to post this. Thank you.


  2. nice…thank you for raising awareness and also on the links as well…will chase a few now and learn a bit more…ugh…this kind of stuff is scary when it comes to those in power…


    • Well, you’re welcome, Brian. There’s so much of this stuff happening in so many countries. In fact, there is an “International Day of the Disappeared” coming up on August 30..designated to bring awareness to those who have suddenly gone missing from their lives at the hands of their government. Ugh, is right!


  3. There are so many Atrocities committed against the Tibetans and it always saddens my heart… They have been so persecuted over the ages, and many still are murdered and shot. I do hope that this young man is still alive.. Like you say so many go missing.. This is how they Rule.. to bring FEAR into their subjects hearts.. so they cannot question and seek Freedom of thought..
    Thank you for bringing this to our attention Gayle. ~Sue


    • I feel the same way, Sue. I hope he’s still alive too…but the odds…I hear, are against it. More and more people are speaking out against these atrocities and there have even been prisoners released because of the amount of publicity and those that have demanded their release. We have to keep working on freedom for all people…or none of us can truly rest. And thank you, Sue, for adding your voice to mine.


  4. awesome post ..Thanks for stopping by my blog as well….please help me win this photo challenge follow link and click like …Thanks Tim


  5. Thanks for sharing, Gayle. So important to keep an awareness of this, and so many scary injustices in the world. Thanks for the links.


    • Yes, it’s very important that we keep our eyes open to injustices worldwide…but what a job! And, you’re welcome…


  6. Thanks for sharing this, Gayle! The more awareness we can raise for Tibet’s plight, the better! I hope with all my heart that soon they will no longer be oppressed and that the true Panchen Lama is found safe and set free. I wish I shared the Dalai Lama’s hopeful attitude but in reality, I fear the Panchen Lama is long gone. 😦 I am heartened, however, that the “appointed” Panchen Lama was not as cooperative with the Chinese Govt. as they wanted him to be.


    • I fear he’s gone too…along with his family. The Dalai Lama always seems to have a hopeful attitude…bless him. Perhaps that appointed Lama has a conscience…that would be nice…but probably very dangerous for him too. Thanks for your support, Corina.


  7. A very informative write, Gayle. I have been following this and know of the situation. Where is the freedom of eligion for these people? When will this struggle stop? Hopefully, its will be resolved, one day.


    • Not much freedom I’m afraid…I can’t imagine living like that. They are fed so much misinformation by their government…way worse than what our government does here. Let’s hope we don’t become like them.



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