Name: Lobsang Lozin

Age: 18

Sex: Male

Profession: Monk at Gedhen Tashi Choeling Monastery

Date of Self-immolation: 17 July 2012

Location: Tsodun Kirti Monastery, Barkham County, Amdo, Northeastern Tibet

Current whereabouts/wellbeing: Deceasedlobsanglozin

Lobsang Lozin set himself on fire near his monastery’s main prayer hall and started to walk towards the county’s administrative offices before falling to the ground. Lobsang succumbed to his burns and passed away at the scene of his protest. Although he was heard shouting slogans, the exact words could not be heard clearly. Monks at the Gyalrong Tsodun Kirti Monastery carried Lobsang’s charred body inside the monastery premises and offered prayers and conducted rituals. Lobsang was given a traditional water burial in the nearby river at Tsodun Monastery on the night of 17 July. That evening a large armed security contingent was deployed from Barkham to Tsodun. Since the congregated Tibetans blocked their way and managed to stop the security forces from entering Tsodun Kirti Monastery, the security personnel remained on the far bank of the river conducting military drills. The following day the people of Tsodun gathered at the monastery to offer prayers and all shops and restaurants in the township remained closed. The son of Jorgyal and Tsepopo, Lobsang Lozin has been described as an exemplary student with an excellent track record in his monastic studies.

His slogans were for the return to Tibet of both His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the exiled head of Kirti Monastery, the 11th Kyabje Kirti Rinpoche. He also demanded the re-opening of Kirti Monastic School