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A Tibetan RevolutionaryThe Political Life and Times of Bapa Phuntso Wangye$
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Melvyn Goldstein

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520240896

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520240896.001.0001

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A Vow of Silence

A Vow of Silence

(p.257) Chapter 22 A Vow of Silence
A Tibetan Revolutionary

Melvyn C. Goldstein

Dawei Sherap

William R. Siebenschuh

University of California Press

An official revealed to Phüntso Wangye the reason why he was arrested and kept in prison. He said that while the Dalai Lama was in Beijing, he had a very important black [evil/secret] meeting that Phünts attended. Phünts was astounded at the charge. There had been no such meeting. Phüntso's life was being destroyed for nothing, and he decided that he was not going to accept it any longer. His jailors brought him to the interrogation room many times after that day, but he refused to speak a single word. After Phüntso was released, he learned that his wife had died a terrible death during his ninth year in prison. His family had a hard time socially and politically. During the Cultural Revolution, they suffered even more. It was the end of April 1978 when Phüntso was released, and he never looked back.

Keywords:   Phüntso Wangye, Dalai Lama, Beijing, prison, Cultural Revolution

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