Who is The Panchen Lama?
The Panchen Lama is responsible for protecting, liberating, and enlightening the Tibetan people. The Panchen Lama is thought to be one of the emanations of Amitabha Buddha (The Wisdom Buddha). Further, The Panchen Lama is the second most important Tibetan Buddhist leader.
What has happened to the Panchen Lama?
Apparently, on May 17, 1995 Gendhun Choekyi Nyima, His family, and the Abbott, Chadrel Rinpoche (Cha Tsa Chagbazeling) and his Secretary, who both led the search party for this incarnate were taken by the People's Republic of China (PRC) to Beijing. Thus, these persons are now political prisoners of the Chinese Government. As of today, all of these persons are still missing and there has been no indication that they are alive. In fact, since His disappearance, The PRC has changed its' position on the whereabouts of Gendhun Choekyi Nyima a few times. At first, The PRC claimed that Gendhun was with his family in their home village. In March 1996, The PRC then reported that His Holiness The Panchen Lama was in their custody to protect him from Tibetans. Finally, during the Summer of 1996, The PRC claimed that, as far as they knew, Gendhun Choekyi Nyima was back in the Tibetan community. On May 17th, 1998, it was 3 years since Gendhun Choekyi Nyima was abducted.
In December 1995, The PRC illegally announced its' own Panchen Lama, Gyaltsen Norbu. The PRC has absolutely no authority to choose the next Panchen Lama. Only The Dalai Lama has the right to select the Panchen Lama. The PRC also has no legal justification to hold Gendhun Choekyi Nyima, His family, or members of the search party as hostages.
Why you should take action?
The 11th Panchen Lama must have the right to visit Tibetans-in-exile around the world, particularly His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. Such actions will increase the possibility that all Tibetans will have the opportunity to communicate and be blessed by this highly important spiritual leader.
What you can do?
Premier of The PRC