Lobsang Phuntsog, a Tibetan Buddhist from Ngaba, set himself on fire on the afternoon of 16 March in protest at China's continued occupation of his homeland. After a scuffle between monks and police, the young man, believed to be 21, was eventually taken to hospital. He died from his burns at around 3am the following morning. The monks are just asking simple things – to pray and to live with their own culture." Tibetan protests against China take a deadly new turn - Asia, World - The Independent I'm so sorry to see this happening. I get the impression that the Karmapa considers the motivation of the monk to be self-less and that this mitigates the karma of his suicide.