STORY: Tibetan Buddhist monk Palden Gyatso, who spent 33 years in Chinese prisons and labour camps for his participation in the 1959 uprising against the occupation of Tibet, was cremated in India’s northern hill town of Dharamsala on Monday (December 03).
Gyatso, 87, died on Friday (November 30) after a long battle with liver cancer, said local media reports. Monks and his followers gathered at the funeral to pay their last respects and offered prayers, wishing for his rebirth.
Finance Minister of Tibetan government-in-exile Karma Yeshi said Gyatso’s death was a great loss to Tibetans as he had made many sacrifices for their cause.
Born in 1933 in central Tibet, Gyatso became a monk at the tender age of 10. He was arrested in 1959 after Tibetans rebelled against Chinese control in Tibet, and the failed uprising forced Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and many others to flee into exile in India.
Gyatso spent 23 years in prison and 10 in labor camps where he was tortured before being released in 1992. He often used to talk about the tortures and interrogations he underwent during his confinement.