Fire engulfs ancient 'heart' of Tibetan Buddhism

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A large fire has damaged one of the holiest and most politically sensitive sites in Tibet, the Jokhang temple, stirring an outpouring of grief and concern among Tibetans, the Guardian reported.

Dramatic picture posted on social media showed flames devouring part of the seventh-century Unesco world heritage site in Tibet’s spectacular high-altitude capital, Lhasa, on Saturday.

China’s Communist party-controlled news agency, Xinhua, said the blaze started early on Saturday evening “and was soon put out”.

However, Robert Barnett, a London-based expert on contemporary Tibet, said Beijing’s “almost total suppression of information” about the incident meant many Tibetans feared “the heart of Tibetan Buddhism” had suffered significant damage.

For almost four hours after the fire began, he said, it was not even acknowledged by China’s heavily controlled media, “even though you could see it from miles away across the whole city”.

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  • Jesus Sunday, 18 February 2018 05:11 PM

    The idle worship devil city under fire Hahahaaha

    Prabhath Monday, 19 February 2018 09:28 AM

    You have disgraced the bearer of the name you have assumed.

    Sue Monday, 19 February 2018 09:53 AM

    Jesus would never make such a devilish comment. You are only interested in creating religious disharmony and bias against Christians.

    Robert Monday, 19 February 2018 03:00 PM

    You can't be a Christian

    Dr. Neil Sunday, 18 February 2018 11:38 PM

    I am disturbed and saddened to hear about the fire at this well known historical cite.

    muhandiramimsid Monday, 19 February 2018 09:46 AM

    Is China's reaction an indication of its hostility to Buddhism or mere indifference? Something for Buddhists in Sri Lanka to think about in view of Sri Lanka's increasingly closer relations with China in recent times.

    Sanju Monday, 19 February 2018 10:30 AM

    The Chinese done it ! Soon it will be our turn.


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