On February 27th, 2009, he doused himself with oil, walked alone from the monastery to the crossroads in the market area of the town, and set himself on fire.
It is said that he was carrying a home made Tibetan flag that had at its centre a photograph of the Dalai Lama.
While shouting slogans, People's Armed Police force arrived and opened fire on him.
He fell the ground.
So many monks, nuns, young, old, fathers, and mothers, have followed him in Ngaba up till now. people say Ngaba is a land of the beautiful green pasture, yet, green grass has absorbed countless tears and blood of people.
I tried to feel Tapey's mind when he was making his country's banned flag in his room. What a important meaning it must have had to him. Yearning for freedom? Determination to show his dignity to the enemy?
March 10th is the anniversary of the Tibetan uprising in Lhasa in 1959. Thousands of people had ringed the walls of the Norbulingka palace -summer residence of the Dalai Lamas to protect H.H. Dalai Lama the 14th and to show solidarity against Chinese Communist Party's rule. This lead to the major uprising in Lhasa on March 20th and in a few days, it is said ten thousands to fifteen thousands of Tibetan people were killed. On this day, around the world, except in Tibet, many protest marches take place and streets are covered with Tibetan flags.