Chapter

A Vow of Silence

Melvyn C. Goldstein, Dawei Sherap and William R. Siebenschuh

in A Tibetan Revolutionary

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240896
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940307 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240896.003.0023
A Vow of Silence

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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

Chapter.  4949 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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