in Themchen country, Eastern Amdo (Tsonub Mongolian and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture at present), Tibet on February 17 2012.
He was a member of Bongthak Monastery's Democratic Management Committee, the government established body that runs the monastery.
The report says he died after setting himself ablaze after monks were banned from marking a Monlam prayer ceremony, while other sources reported that he had objected to a rigorous "patriotic education" campaign at his monastery.
He studied at Drepung Monastery in South India in the 1990s. He served as a religious teacher after his return to Bongthak Monastery.
The photo of him came out to the exile side along with the sad news was taken in front of Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India, where Buddha is said to have been enlightened under the holy Bodhi tree.
I wonder what was his life like after his return from the 'democratic' country, where teachings of his belief and practice were vibrantly alive, he could receive much blessing, and he could breath air of freedom.