I am not sure what to believe about this. (Name removed)is a Tibetan Buddhist lineage that teaches the tantric sexual practices of the Kalacakra Tantra. This Tantra teaches the sexual visualization of 12 year old children, and so on. Is this school part of the monastery, because China has outlawed children in the monasteries? Who is caring for these children? Here is the article:
Educating students from the ages of 5-18, the Tibet Primary School Project hosted by (School name removed) provides the facilities, instructors, and classroom environments for Tibetan nomad children to learn the skills necessary for them to progress onto secondary education and college. Concentrated around (name removed) monasteries in the remote Amdo region of far eastern Tibet, this school project constructs schoolhouses, provides qualified teachers, and outfits schools with supplies.
The schoolhouse is a 3-tiered construction built in traditional Tibetan style architecture. The square footage is approximately: 125 feet long x 50 feet wide.
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A letter from Perry Bulwer:
Dear (name withheld),
I took a quick look at the (School's Name Removed) website. According to that, the school "... is being built adjacent to a (name removed) Monastery and will serve as a boarding school for up to 300 students." So, it is not inside the monastery, but obviously still closely connected to it.
From my perspective, the first sign of abuse I noticed was that these schools are intended to indoctrinate children, especially Tibetan nomad children. That sounds similar to the residential schools used in, the U.S. and to indoctrinate the indigenous populations. All kinds of horrific abuses occurred in those boarding schools.
As for sexual abuse, even if they did not teach sexual tantras, religious boarding schools can be very dangerous places for children. My news archive blog has many articles regarding abuse in Christian boarding schools such as the residential schools I mentioned, or other types of homes for orphans, troubled youth, etc. Much abuse also occurs in Islamic boarding schools, and although I don't have many articles in my archive on this, I know that much physical, sexual and psychological abuse occurred in the past in Hare Krishna boarding schools. And just this morning someone posted a comment to an article in the archive on abuse in Buddhist monasteries. Here's the link to the article and see the comment for the link to another article:
So, like you, I am concerned for the children that will be housed in those indoctrination centers, but I don't know what can be done about it other than what you are already doing. Keeping an eye on the situation and warning others about it is good. Beyond that I'm really not sure as the Chinese government does not have a good record of listening to the concern's of outsiders.
I don't mean to be pessimistic, just realistic. At some point you may become aware of specific instances of abuse, which you might then bring to the attention of authorities as well as other child advocates (for example, the author of the article that is linked to in the comment I received this morning might be a good ally on this issue). That is awfully frustrating, though, having to wait until there is evidence of child abuse before before being able to stop it.
If you've read my very last entry on Religion and Child Abuse News, you will know that I am no longer updating it with new articles, though I will be keeping it open as a research resource. I will add some new items, like a link to your blog which I will add to the links list after I'm finished writing this.
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