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Tibet Information Office, Canberra Marks His Holiness’ 82nd Birthday with the Compassionate Action Project
CANBERRA: On the auspicious occasion of the 82nd birth anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibet Information Office in Canberra initiated the Compassionate Action Project to celebrate His Holiness’ vision and noble thoughts.
Addressing over 500, including Tibetans, friends and well wishers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Representative Lhakpa Tshoko, Tibet Information Office said, “The Tibet Information Office marks the 82nd birthday of His Holness the Dalai Lama by putting into action, His Holiness’ lifelong commitment to promote human values of warmheartedness and compassion. Through the Compassionate Action Project, we are putting forth little steps to fulfil His Holiness’ main commitments, most important of them being the promotion of universal values.
Representative Lhakpa Tshoko also spoke about the significance of 2017 as being the official year of campaign, declared by the 15th Kashag.
Esteemed guests at the ceremony were Reverend Bill Crews, an old friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Head of the Exodus Foundation and Aunty Sherley, representative of the Australian aboriginal community.
Reverend Bill Crews said it was an honour to celebrate the 82nd birthday of his “great friend” and wished for his long life and health.
In a special editorial in Brisbane Times on His Holiness’ birthday, Rev Bill Crews wrote: “I am absolutely certain that long, long after the Chinese empire of today has crumbled into dust, the religion of the Dalai Lama will be as strong as ever. Happy Birthday, your Holiness.”
The Tibet Information Office and volunteers kickstarted the Compassionate Action Project by feeding over 300 homeless people in Sydney.
Volunteers include members of Tibetan community in Canberra and Sydney.
The day long celebration was also marked by cultural performances by members of the Tibetan community.
-Report filed by Tibet Information Office, Canberra-
Your Affection for me should be translated into Action of Good Deeds: His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his 82nd birthday
Leh, Ladakh: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama celebrated his 82nd birthday in Leh, Ladakh with a long life prayer offering led by former Gaden Tripa Rizong Rinpoche, President of CTA, Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, local dignitaries and members of Tibetan and Ladhaki community and well wishers from around the world.
More than ten thousand joyous Tibetans and local Ladhaki people and foreigners joined the 82nd birthday celebration at Shiwatsel Phodrang, official seat of His Holiness in Leh, Ladakh. His Holiness expressed his gratitude to all his well wishers and long life prayer service offered to him on his 82nd birthday.
His Holiness remembered the Tibetans inside Tibet and said they are all celebrating his birthday in secrecy, in their hearts and spirits.
“I feel young seeing the young school children. At the same time, when I see the elderly lots, I feel who it might be to go first,” His Holiness opened his birthday remarks on a light note.
Calling the students gathered at the event “guardians of the future,” His Holiness said they can play a pivotal role to shape the future of the world into one that is peaceful and harmonious and that this can be achieved through education.
“The students are future seeds and you have a big responsibility to make this world a better place for all to live and I am hopeful of the positive change you will bring in the future,” His Holiness said adding that his generation has not much to do other than offer prayers.
While acknowledging the love and affection he received from well wishers, His Holiness said, “I am grateful to everyone who wished me and the dignitaries who spoke highly of me on my birthday celebration here and to some extent, it is flattering. However, the love and affection you hold for me should translate into actions of good deeds,” His Holiness noted sharply.
His Holiness reiterated his three main commitments: “I being one of the 7 billion human being, try to inculcate compassion every time. Every living being wants happiness. It is my prime commitment to spread message of love and compassion to the world. Scientists proved that every human being are born with the basic nature of love and compassion.”
Secondly, being a Buddhist monk, it is important to have religious harmony. Even though every major religion might have different view and path but they preach love, compassion and peace as ultimate goal. Whether you are believer or non-believer, it is must to have compassion.”
“Tibetans in exile are few, as majority are still in Tibet. In past thousand years politically we have not yet succeeded, but religiously we have kept purest form of Nalanda tradition. We had numerous debates with renowned scientists all over the world. Tibetan language is must to learn Nalanda Buddhism.” He said.
The President of CTA Dr. Lobsang Sangay and Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile Khenpo Sonam Tenphel spoke participated in the life-long prayer ceremony for His Holiness and read the statements of Kashag and Parliament. Both expressed wishes and hope for a long life of His Holiness.
President Dr. Sangay said “A child born in Kumbum in Tibet became the most indomitable leader of Tibet.” He expressed gratitude to His Holiness for empowering Tibetan people with his farsighted vision for Tibet.
Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile said, “All Tibetans living in countries across the world mark today as the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with feelings of joy, faith, and optimism. By it they memorialize the gratitude they owe to His Holiness for his deeds which have universal values and benefits. It is also a day for them to reaffirm their solemn pledge to make part of their daily practice His Holiness’s counsel and guidance on the proper conduct in life to the best possible extent of their capacity.”
Tibetans and local Ladakhi people later presented cultural performances.
His Holiness released Chinese translation of the Compendium of Buddhist Science and Philosophy (Tsenrig Kuntu).
Mr Thinles Tsewang, President of Ladakh Buddhist Association gave a welcome remark. Dr Sonam Dawa Lhunpo, Chief Executive Councilor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, in his speech, requested His Holiness the Dalai Lama to celebrate his 83rd birthday in Ladakh next year.
Ladakh Buddhist Association and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council presented mementos on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birth anniversary.
Chief Representative Officer of Sonamling Tibetan Settlement gave the vote of thanks.
-Report filed by Correspondent Tenzin Phende and contributed by Tenzin Wangchuk-
New Delhi, July 6: India’s former National Security Advisor (NSA) and Ambassador Shivshankar Menon praised His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a “truly remarkable statesman” of the highest level.
Ambassador Menon was speaking as the Special Guest at the Reception organised by the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi to celebrate the 82nd Birthday of His Holiness at India Habitat Centre.
Speaking to over 300 invitees that included personalities from religious, political and diplomatic background, from India and abroad, the former NSA spoke of his long association with Tibet and particularly with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
“I am what I am today because of the blessings I received from His Holiness when I was five, in Lhasa”, the Ambassador recounted about his first association with His Holiness the Dalai Lama when his father served as the Consular General of India in Lhasa, Tibet.
He said His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teaching resonates ancient Indian wisdom, and embodies the great knowledge of Nalanda tradition that His Holiness has single-handedly revived, despite being in exile and under difficult circumstances.
Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, Kasur Ngodup Dongchung welcomed the guests. In his brief address, the Representative shared with the gathering the good news of His Holiness’ sound health following recent check up he underwent at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, USA, which was received with jubilation.
Earlier in the day, Representative Ngodup Dongchung along with the Secretary and all staff of Bureau of HH the Dalai Lama attended the official public birthday celebration at the Samyeling Tibetan Colony, Aruna Nagar.
Over 700 Tibetans and Indian supporters had gathered to celebrate the occasion. The local MLA, Sushri Alka Lamba was the chief guest along with other Indian dignitaries from the locality.
While Tibet House, New Delhi opened an exhibition on “Enthronement of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama: Impressions of an India Artist” to mark the 82nd birthday celebration of His Holiness. An interfaith prayers and tree-planting ceremony was held on the same day.
Elsewhere in Delhi, people from different faiths and groups have reported of celebrating His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 82nd birthday with prayer gatherings for long and healthy life.
– Report filed by Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama based in New Delhi –
DHARAMSHALA: The Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) released a book titled “Tibet’s Past, Present, and Future – What is the Way Forward ? on the occasion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 82nd birthday celebration at Tsuglagkhang on 6 July. The book is a report on a symposium organised by DIIR in Delhi last year on 17 December 2016. Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile inaugurated the book release.
The Symposium was held at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi, on 17 December 2016. The day long symposium was part of DIIR’s Middle Way Awareness Program. The symposium was attended by intellectuals, former ministers, Tibetologists, environmentalists, professors, etc who participated in panel discussions. Some of the prominent speakers were Shri Mani Shanker Aiyar, former union minister, Ms Jaya Jaitly, former Member of Parliament, Dr Lobsang Sangay, President of CTA, Claude Arpi, Historian and Tibetologist, Mr Jayadeva Ranade, Prof Brahma Chellany, Centre for Policy Research, Kate Saunders, International Campaign for Tibet and Prof. Dibyesh Anand, University of Westminster.
Large number of students from Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, think tanks and media persons attended the symposium.
– Report filed by TSG Liaison Desk, DIIR –
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a Hallmark of Peace and Non-Violence: Former HP Minister on Birthday of His Holiness
DHARAMSHALA: Thousands of joyous Tibetans, Indians and foreigners thronged the Tsuglagkhang courtyard today to celebrate the 82nd birth anniversary of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
The chief guest at the celebration was Shri Kishan Kapoor, Former Minister of State for Industries and Transport, and the guest of honour was Shr Ninong Ering, Member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh and a staunch Tibet supporter.
Addressing the celebration, Shri Kishan Kapoor expressed the Indian community’s greetings on the 82nd birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and said that he feels blessed to be invited to celebrate the occasion.
He paid tributes to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s lifelong efforts to bring peace in the world and urged everyone to keep His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s messages of love and compassion in heart for a happier and contented life.
He further said that in a world beset with violence and terrorism, His Holiness the Dalai Lama stands as a hallmark of peace and compassion from which humanity seeks solace.
He particularly expressed gratitude to His Holiness for making Dharamshala one of the most well known destinations for peace and tranquillity in the world.
“We feel blessed that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has chosen Dharamshala as his abode after coming into exile. Since then, Dharamshala has become a well-known destination all over the world. Earlier, no one has heard about Dharamshala. But today, the whole world wants to come here. And for this, I deeply thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” he said.
He further called His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the true manifestation of Lord Buddha. “Just as Shri Ram and Shri Krishna are manifestations of Lord Vishnu, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the true manifestation of Lord Buddha”.
He lauded His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his efforts to strengthen and reinvigorate the Tibetan democratic polity, exemplified by the devolution of his political authority to an elected Tibetan leadership in 2011. He also called on the world to hold China accountable for its brutalities in Tibet.
“History is witness to China’s oppression of the Tibetan people inside Tibet. The world should hold China accountable for its violation of human rights and destruction of Tibetan culture. However, I feel that through the power His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s love and compassion, China will also change over time and freedom will be restored in Tibet,” he said.
Shri Ninong Ering, member of Lok Sabha from Arunachal Pradesh, affirmed his continued support for Tibet as a pledge to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his 82nd birthday. He recalled Arunachal Pradesh’s special bond with His Holiness the Dalai Lama since his arrival in the state after crossing the Tibet border in 1959.
He described His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a beacon of truth and the centre of modern Buddhist philosophy. He expressed his good fortune to be able to attend the birthday celebration and promised to return again to celebrate in future.
Shri Ninong Ering, who is also a member of the All Party Indian Parliamentary Forum for Tibet (APIPFT), promised to raise the issue of Tibet in the Indian parliament and at the same time, urged Tibetans to retain the robust Tibetan democratic administration in exile.
Officiating President Mr Karma Yeshi delivered the statement of the Kashag and Acharya Yeshi Phunstok, Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile delivered the statement of Tibetan Parliament.
The function also saw a series of book releases and cultural performances followed by serving of lunch to all members of the public and guests.
On this joyous occasion of His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama’s 82nd birthday, I on behalf of the Kashag and Tibetans inside and outside Tibet, would like to bow down in deepest reverence to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Born in the village of Taktser, Amdo (Eastern Tibet) to a peasant family on July 6, 1935, His Holiness was enthroned at the tender age of five and began his primary education at the age of six. However, the red Chinese invaded Tibet and the Tibetans turned to their only hope, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. He took the reins of Tibet’s political leadership at a tender age of 16 when even his religious studies were underway. The young Dalai Lama strived for a harmonious concord between Tibetans and Chinese while also seeking to affect change and reforms through the formation of a reforms committee. Tibetans are bound to His Holiness through a lifetime of positive karma and collective merit. We are forever indebted to his 60 years of spiritual and temporal leadership.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has worked tirelessly to promote human values and religious harmony in the world and for this we are all profoundly grateful. His Holiness has committed himself to the promotion of religious harmony and has therefore met with religious leaders across different faith. In particular, His Holiness has initiated a conference of the heads of all major religions in India. This was an unprecedented development in India’s history.
Every peace loving people across the globe, including and especially us Tibetans are celebrating this joyous occasion today. Tibetans in Tibet, due to added restrictions cannot celebrate His Holiness’ birthday but they are celebrating it in spirit-by remembering him in their hearts and through prayers for his long life.
His Holiness established the Central Tibetan Administration and steered the Tibetan polity through a series of legislative and administrative reforms toward what it is today- a full-fledged democratic entity admired by many across the globe. His Holiness has therefore led the Tibetan people to the right trajectory despite many trials and tribulations. His Holiness has devolved all of his administrative and political authority to a democratically elected leadership directly elected by the Tibetan people. However, as per his commitments he continues to be a free spokesperson for all Tibetans.
His Holiness’ unwavering and unquestioned love for every sentient being is like that of a parent’s love for a child. We owe him a debt of gratitude and this can never be paid even in a hundred eons. Our devotion and faith in him will be peerless and remain unparalleled. Therefore it is of utmost importance for each and every Tibetan to put into practice the invaluable advice of His Holiness.
During his recent visit to the United States, His Holiness has assured us of good health. But we must remember that the upkeep of His Holiness’ good health will depend much on the collective karma of the Tibetan people. We should therefore make concerted efforts in achieving the same.
The three main commitments of His Holiness are- promotion of human values, promotion of religious harmony and protection of Tibetan culture and environment. His Holiness has made consistent efforts to make the Nalanda tradition’s major classic texts on psychology and dialectics available for study. He has time and again stressed the importance of realizing the benefits of studying this ancient tradition, which the Tibetans have kept alive for thousands of years. His teachings are not only significant and relevant for ardent devotees but also to people of different faith and beliefs. They engender the sharpening of psychological and analytical skills thus bringing rational and peaceful approach to solving problems. His Holiness has consistently advocated for the inclusion of secular ethics- the basic human values of love, compassion and altruism in the modern education system and the development of the head and the heart.
His Holiness has for the past 30 years met with eminent scientists to initiate significant discourses, predominantly on Buddhist philosophy. It has resulted in many scientists taking interest in the same. His Holiness has also travelled to over 70 countries championing the cause of peace and compassion. He was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in the year 1989 and has over 150 other titles and honors to his credit. He has gained the admiration and affection of people from around the world.
It is therefore deplorable that the Chinese government views His Holiness, whose sole mission in life is to promote the betterment of humanity, as a threat. The Chinese government has not succeeded in forestalling the noble efforts of His Holiness. People across the globe: all age groups, nationality, faith and all walks of life revere him. This is evident from the public reaction to his recent visits to the Northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh and to the United States.
In autumn this year, we will witness a change in Chinese leadership during the 19th Party Plenum. After March 2018, President Xi Jinping will begin the second term of his Presidency. It is clear that China cares for its global standing and image and one of the most effective ways to gain global respect is to protect the basic human rights and freedom in China and Tibet and in particular start dialogue with Tibetan representatives. The Kashag expresses concern over the deteriorating health of Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo and urge the Chinese government to immediately grant Liu Xiaobo and his family permission on humanitarian grounds to travel abroad for medical treatment.
In Tibet, more than a million Tibetan lives have been lost for the cause of Tibet. Since 2009, the world witnessed 149 self-immolations in Tibet including four self-immolations (Pema Gyaltsen, Wangchuk Tseten, Chakdor Kyab and Jamyang Losel) since March this year. Every self-immolator have called for ‘freedom inside Tibet’ and ‘the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.’
It is therefore time that the Chinese government should address the legitimate grievances of the Tibetans inside Tibet.
We urge the Chinese government to clearly recognize His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the solution, the key to resolving the Tibet issue and make use of the lifetime of His Holiness as an opportunity to immediately resume dialogue with the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Kashag reiterates its commitment to Middle Way Approach as the mutually beneficial solution to resolving the long-standing issue of Tibet.
Tibet’s just and non-violent struggle for freedom has gained the support and solidarity of peace and freedom-loving people and governments around the world. The bi-partisan congressional delegation led by leader Nancy Pelosi and the representatives of Members of European Parliament during their recent visits to Dharamshala have urged for the resumption of dialogue between the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the representatives of the Chinese government. We express our deepest appreciation to them and seek their continued support until a resolution to the Tibet issue is achieved.
We thank the 37 members of the United States Congress for writing to President Donald Trump to immediately appoint the Special Coordinator for Tibetan issues. Similarly, we urge President Trump to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the previous Presidents of the United States have done. We also urge President Trump to support the Middle Way Approach and dialogue between the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the representatives of the Chinese government. We thank the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for expressing his support for dialogue. We also thank Terry Branstad, the U.S Ambassador to China for calling on China to provide meaningful autonomy for Tibetans and cease the restrictions on Tibetan religious, linguistic, and cultural practices.
We thank the members of the newly formed Swedish Tibet Friendship Parliamentary Group. Last month Canadian lawmaker Garnett Genuis urged the Canadian government to support dialogue and endorse the Middle Way approach. Just two weeks ago, Member of the European Parliament Pier Antonio Panzeri also the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament, expressed concerns over the grave human rights situation in Tibet and called on the Chinese government to resume dialogue with the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
On this most special occasion we extend our deepest gratitude to the citizens and Government of India for their continued hospitality and unflinching support towards the Tibetan people. We also express our sincere thanks to all the friends of Tibet and freedom loving people across the globe who support the cause of Tibet.
Finally, for the benefit of all sentient beings and particularly on behalf of all Tibetans we pray for the long life of His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. May all his wishes be fulfilled. We hope and pray that the non-violent cause of Tibet will prevail.
July 6, 2017
Note: This is a translation of the Tibetan statement. Should any discrepancies arise, please treat the Tibetan version as final and authoritative.
Statement of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile on the 82nd Birth Anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Let me preface the special occasion today with offering of obeisance to His Holiness the Great Fourteenth Dalai Lama, the supreme saviour of all sentient beings, including the gods in the heavenly realms; the master of all teachings of the Buddha on this earth; a great champion of peace in this world; the human manifestation on this globe of Chenresig, the obligated deity of Tibet and the spiritual sovereign of The Three Realms of existence; and the saviour and supreme leader of Tibet and the Tibetan people. And let me then, on behalf of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile, offer my greetings and good wishes to His Holiness with a sense which at once combines feelings of joy, faith, and optimism.
Prevailed upon by a feeling of affection and closeness towards all sentient beings in general and especially towards the spiritual subjects of the Snowland of Tibet lying exposed in a state of vulnerableness, His Holiness the Dalai Lama took a deliberate decision to enter the realm of the samsara and so on the 5th day of the 5th month in the Wood-Hog Year of the 16th Tibetan Royal Sexantry, which corresponded to the 6th of July 1935, took birth at Tagtser Village in Domey Kumbum as a son to father Choekyong Tsering and Mother Dekyi Tsering. The birth was accompanied by the appearances of numerous and wondrous positive harbingers. And on this occasion today, which marks His Holiness the Dalai Lama attaining 82 years of age in accordance with the universal calendar, I offer my greetings to him, holding over my head the dust of his feet in a show of resolute body, speech and mind faith. The gratitude we owe to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for having thus far not assumed even a semblance of a miniscule amount of adverse impairment to his underlying bodily, speech and mind wellbeing and for the fact that he has been unwavering in consistently maintaining them in the prime of their state of purposiveness, is such that even a fraction of it could never be repaid even if we were to seek to do it by trying to make offerings of the wealth of the Three Thousand World Realms across a period of many great aeons.
All Tibetans living in countries across the world mark today as the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with feelings of joy, faith, and optimism. By it they memorialize the gratitude they owe to His Holiness for his deeds which have universal values and benefits. It is also a day for them to reaffirm their solemn pledge to make part of their daily practice His Holiness’s counsel and guidance on the do’s and don’ts of proper conduct in life to the best possible extent of their capacity. This then is the underlying purpose of marking the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Successive rincarnations of His Holiness the Dalai Lama have continued to assume the temporal and spiritual Leadership of Tibet ever since the time of the Great Fifth. And throughout that period the Tibetan people have flourished in the spheres of both religious and political governance. In particular, His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama did, for the wellbeing of the people of Tibet, make a vigorous effort to reform the political system in order to improve the governance of the country. Unfortunately the communist Chinese government overran and took full control of the whole of Tibet in 1959. As a result, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was left with no choice but to escape to India and seek refuge in it along with nearly a hundred thousand Tibetans who also fled their homeland. Immediately on arriving in India, His Holiness set out to establish Tibetan schools, monastic institutions, and, likewise, settlements and so on. In particular, in keeping with his resolve to set the Tibetan government on course towards a democratic system, he, in 1960, established a system of democratic election for a Tibetan parliament in exile. Through this and other subsequent measures introduced over a period of time, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gradually led the Tibetan people on the path towards a democratic system of governance. It was thus that in 2001, the Kalon Tripa, the head of the Central Tibetan Administration, was directly elected by the Tibetan people. Later on, in 2011, His Holiness devolved his entire historical political and governance powers to the leadership in exile directly elected by the Tibetan people. He took these benevolent steps and other measures in such timely manner that they left no room for any possible suggestion that he had acted late or beyond the requirement of the given circumstances. To sum up, His Holiness the Dalai Lama continues, to this day, to be fully committed, day and night, across all periods of time, to be fully immersed in carrying out admirable deeds for the sake of both the immediate and long term wellbeing of Tibet and the Tibetan people. For all that I take the opportunity today on behalf of all Tibetans both in Tibet and in exile to express immeasurable amounts of gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Likewise, for his continuing kindhearted body, speech and mind deeds for the benefit of all sentient beings on this earth, for the sake of preserving the environmental health of this world, and for the purpose of ensuring the realization of a compassionate world, he is universally revered as a great champion of world peace. These have seen him being honoured with a total of more than 150 awards thus far, conferred by numerous groups and organization which belonged to both governmental and non-governmental sectors, including the most exalted award of them all – the Noble Peace Prize.
In January 2017, after he concluded his Kalachakra teachings at the most sacred Buddhist site of Bodh Gaya, the occasion being the ceremony for the long-life offering made by the Central Tibetan Administration, His Holiness the Dalai Lama very graciously reiterated his resolve to live to be more than one hundred years old. This is a gesture of especially great cause for gratitude to us Tibetan people. Likewise, after undergoing his annual medical checkup recently at the Mayo Clinic in the US state of Minnesota, His Holiness the Dalai Lama revealed that he had no trace of ailment on any vital organ of his body and that he was in great health. This came to the Tibetan people both in Tibet and in exile as a source of great reassurance, and it calmed any sense of anxiety that any among them might otherwise have had. It is extremely important, however, that all of us of the Land of Snows should, on our part, fully devote ourselves to virtuous, merit-accumulating deeds. And we should especially be mindful that all Tibetans – whether they be laypeople or belonging to any religiously ordained order – fully commit to heart all of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s instructions and carry them out in a real sense in our day-to-day conduct.
It is with great admiration that we view the continuing fortitude and sense of nationhood of the Tibetan people in Tibet and their paying of close attention to and vigorous nurturing of the Tibetan language and culture. Likewise, we are encouraged by the sense of fraternity and unity with which Tibetans living in exile pay increasing attention to the Tibetan people’s struggle in general and especially to Tibet’s religion, language, and culture. And of course it is an important bounden duty of all of us to continue to perpetuate and build upon the unique ethically upright personal character that in general defines a Tibetan person. We therefore urge every concerned person, both those within the Central Tibetan Administration and the general Tibetan populace, to continue to carry it all on with even greater sense of responsibility.
It is a matter of concern that even today there is no indication of any positive change in the policy of the government of China towards the issue of Tibet. In fact, its controls and restrictions on the movement of the Tibetan people in every part of Tibet have been increasing. Besides it is implementing in Tibet a policy of colonialism. This means that even over minor matters, Tibetans are being subjected to limitless beating by the Chinese police. The Tibetan people are being looked down on and bullied by the Chinese. The instances of situations in which Tibetans receive such gross ill-treatment do not bear enumerating. This shows that China does not implement in Tibet a policy of equality of nationalities and rule by law as claimed by it. Rather, it makes manifest the government of China’s policy of discrimination against the Tibetan people. Given this situation, we insist that it is imperative that China implement in Tibet a policy of equality of nationalities. It is due to the absence of freedom and happiness in any sphere of life under the brutal policy of the government of China that from the year 2009 till the 18th of May this year there have been cases in which a total of some 149 Tibetans – including men and women, whether laypeople or monks and nuns – carried out peaceful protests by means of self-immolation. With shouting of calls such as “Let His Holiness the Dalai Lama be invited back to Tibet! Let there be freedom in Tibet!” and so on, these Tibetan people sacrificed their very life. It is impossible that the sacrifice these Tibetan people have made of their life could ever be forgotten. And it is important that the Tibetan people both in Tibet and in exile persevere more than ever before with the aim to realize the aspirations voiced by those Tibetans.
Recently, as a part of its international initiative towards what it called the pursuit of a common global economic development, the government of China organized in capital Beijing a major two-day meeting called Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation beginning May 14, 2017. Prominent public figures from many countries took part in that forum. And it was suggested that the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative would be implemented in a total of 65 countries. It was also explained that through the projects under the OBOR initiative, opportunities would be created to benefit some 60 percent of the global population on account of the Chinese government-backed funding for the building of large numbers of new projects such as railroads, highways, ports, and industrial parks. It was further explained that under the OBOR initiative, plans were underway for the trade routes in the Southeast Asian countries to be routed through Tibet with building of new railroads and so on. It is beyond doubt that such kinds of projects will lead to catastrophic damage to the natural environment of Tibet. Given this grim reality, we urge the international community to raise objections and exert pressure on China against the implementation of these kinds of risky projects.
In May this year, a high level, bipartisan delegation led by former House Speaker and Democratic Party Leader Ms. Nancy Pelosi from the US Congress especially visited Dharamshala and met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The delegation also met with members of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile and the Kashag, and attended a special gathering of the Tibetan public. Such show of utterly selfless and unwavering support for the issue of Tibet sent a clear signal to the government of China that the Tibetan people are not alone in their struggle for the settlement of the Tibet issue. The delegation’s visit also had the effect of rejuvenating the Tibetan people’s struggle, gave hope to it, and also, tellingly, buoyed the spirit of the Tibetan people in Tibet whose hopes and fortitude were thereby enhanced. We take this opportunity to once again express our gratitude to that high level US congressional delegation.
Recently, the European Union and the government of China held their 35th bilateral human rights dialogue. During that dialogue, the members of the European Union delegation made it clear to their Chinese counterparts that they were strongly concerned about the serious violations of the fundamental human rights and other freedoms of the Tibetan people. They also called on the government of China to make efforts to resume its dialogue with representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In this connection the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament also issued a press statement.
It will not be long before the 19th Plenary Congress of the Communist Party of China will be held in Beijing. The international community remains hopeful that the Congress’s review of the political situation facing the government of China in general and especially the political issues concerned with Tibet and the outcome of those reviews will lead to changes in a positive direction.
The mutually beneficial Middle Way Policy enunciated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for achieving a peaceful negotiated solution is based on a realistic appraisal of the actual situation concerning the Sino-Tibetan dispute. This approach is designed to be capable of fulfilling the basis aspiration of the Tibetan people and at the same time to be beneficial to China too as it will help to preserve without any harm the integrity and harmony of the country. This being the indisputable case, we reiterate our call on the leaders of the government of China to set aside their hardline posture, grab the momentous opportunity offered by this proposal, and make greater efforts to resume the dialogue so that talks between representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the government of China may take place again.
Some days ago, members of the US Congress, members of the European Parliament and a number of other prominent public figures took part in grand celebrations on different dates to mark the anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birth and in other related events. We take the opportunity offered by this occasion to offer to all of them and those who organized them our praise and gratitude.
It has now been 58 years since the Tibetan people first arrived in exile and later spread out to live as refugees in India and numerous other foreign countries. It is especially heartening that both the people and government of India have extended to the Tibetan people extensive help and friendly support. With a sense of having a remembrance of gratitude for all these gestures at all times, we also take this opportunity to once again express our immense gratitude to both the people and government of India. Likewise, we also take the opportunity offered by this particularly auspicious day to express our thanks to the people in governments and non-governmental sectors in the international community who have extended help and cooperation to the Tibetan people and the Tibetan cause.
Finally to conclude this speech, we offer prayers that His Holiness the Dalai Lama may continue to live for a hundred aeons, that all his wishes may be seen fulfilled with spontaneity, and that the just cause of the Tibetan people may be seen accomplished in all speediness.
By the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile
6 July 2017
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* In case of any discrepancy between this English translation and its Tibetan original, the latter should be treated as authoritative.
LEH, Ladakh: Coinciding with Lhakar (white Wednesday), a day celebrated as the soul day of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, President Dr Lobsang Sangay of the Central Tibetan Administration offered Sangsol and prayers at Pang gong lake for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the alleviation of sufferings endured by the Tibetan people inside Tibet.
Pang gong tso is a highland lake in Ladakh bordering Tibet. President Dr Sangay arrived at Pang gong region in the afternoon around 04:00 pm of 4 July. Before leaving for the lake, President Dr Lobsang Sangay received a brief audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Leh in the morning of 4 July.
Following sangsol and offering of prayers in the morning of 5 July, President Dr Sangay said,” I came here today to pray for the fulfillment of the long held aspirations of the Tibetan people inside Tibet. The Tibetan people wishes to see His Holiness the Dalai Lana return to Tibet with dignity and freedom to be restored in Tibet.”
He further said,” Physically, I may be standing just a few meters from Tibet today. However, in terms of political freedom and views, I am still far away from the situation inside Tibet.”
President Dr Sangay then, in a symbolic move, then poured some blessed grains that he received from His Holiness into the lake and hoped that these grains reach Tibet and bless Tibetans inside Tibet as well.
The prayer ceremony and Sangsol was attended by monks of Namgyal monastery and the settlement officer of Sonamling Tibetan settlement in Choglamsar, Ladakh.
After the Sangsol and prayer ceremony, President Dr Sangay returned to Shiwatsel palace in Leh to take part in the 82nd birthday celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama tomorrow.
– Report filed by Correspondent Tenzin Phende from Ladakh –
TOKYO: Hundreds of people joined the event marking celebration of the 82nd birthday of Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Saturday, 1 July. The programme was organized by Tibet House in Korea.
The throne was adorned with a beautiful portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama painted by a Korean artist.
Around 550 guests attended the ceremony. The guests include 40 abbots from around five Korean religious institutions, representatives from Sri Lanka and Laos and 15 Tibetan monks.
The birthday celebration began with recitation of long life prayer in Korean language and offering of Mendrel Tensum by the chief guest.
Geshe Tenzin Namkha, who is the director of Tibet House, Korea, delivered the introductory speech spoke on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s commitment towards the promotion inter-religious harmony and human values, and preservation of Tibet’s Buddhist culture.
Kasur Jetsun Pema, younger sister of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was the chief guest of the occasion. Mr. Tempa Tsering, former Kalon and representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, also graced the occasion.
In her key-note address, Kasur Jetsun Pema spoke about the present situation in Tibet, efforts being made to provide sound and holistic education for Tibetans in the Tibetan children’s village and other Tibetan schools in exile, and the robust democratic set up of the Central Tibetan Administration.
The director of Buddhist Television Network also spoke on the occasion.
32 panels exhibiting a detailed biography of His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama was put on display during the ceremony. The photos of the exhibition were adapted from a book written by Geshe Tenzin Namkha, the director of Tibet House in South Korea.
A documentary film by Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) team made during its travel to Dharamsala showing the life of Tibetans in exile and interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama was showed during the ceremony.
Tashi Sholpa, a Tibetan dance was presented to the audience on the auspicious occasion.
– Report filed by Tibet House, Japan –
Leh, Ladakh: President of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Dr Lobsang Sangay arrived in Leh, Ladakh today for a five-day program.
Sikyong was welcomed at Kushok Bakula airport in Leh by Chief Representative Officer of north zone, Local Justice Commissioner, Chairman and members of Local Tibetan Assembly, Mr Sonam Dawa Lonpo, Chief Councillor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council and other executive Councillors along with representatives of Tibetan governmental and non-governmental organisations.
Sikyong was invited by the Ladakhi community to celebrate the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 6 July. “It is my blessing to attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 82nd birthday along with people of Ladakh,” Sikyong said as he arrived in Ladakh.
Sikyong will be visiting Pang Gong lake for Sangsol on Lhakar (Wednesday)which falls on 5 July a day ahead of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s official birthday on 6 July.Sikyong said, “I will look towards Tibet and pray for our brothers and sister to have freedom in Tibet and His Holiness could return to Tibet soon.” – Report filed by correspondent Tenzin Phende from Ladakh –
Taipei, 3 July 2017: Nearly 500 people, including Tibetans and Taiwanese, gathered yesterday at the Taipei Zhongying Building to officially mark the 82nd birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with great fanfare and gusto.
Among those present at the celebration were former legislator Chen-Ju Chen and legislators Yu Mei-nu and Freddy Lim, in addition to a whole host of prominent Taiwanese Tibet scholars, representatives of various NGO’s and benefactors of the Taiwan Office of Tibet.
The celebrations opened with a spectacular religious dance offering performed by the students of the Dzogchen dharma center, which in turn was followed by a prayer session for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and cultural performance by both Tibetan and Taiwanese singers.
Addressing the audience, Rep. Dawa Tsering reiterated again the three main commitments of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, adding that His Holiness continues to receive rousing welcome in countries across the globe despite the looming pressure from China.
Prof. Tseng Chien Yuan of Chung Hua University, who is also a member of the Sino-Tibetan Friendship Association, released the new book by the Sweden-based writer Mo Li. Published by the Snowland Publications, the book is a collection of articles written by Ms Mo Li on issues related with Tibet and the Tibetan people.
Tibetan Identity, a new book published by the Department of Education of Central Tibetan Administration, was also distributed to the Tibetan people. The book seeks to generate interest and awareness among the Tibetan people about their identity.
Furthermore, this Thursday, several thousands of people are expected to attend the 2017 Blessing Concert for His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei. The concert is organized by the Gaden Shartse Center in Taipei.
– Report filed by Office of Tibet, Taiwan –
Dharamshala: The Kashag secretariat will present two staff of the Central Tibetan Administration with an award in recognition of their distinctive service in their respective departments. The two staff selected for the award are Deputy Secretary Tenzin Nangwa, Settlement Officer, Kullu Palrabling Tibetan settlement and Mr Rabten Tsering, Office Superintendent and Settlement Officer, Phuntsokling Dalhousie Tibetan settlement.
The award will be presented during the official 82nd birthday celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Tsuglagkhang on 6 July 2017.
The award is an official recognition of the the exemplary work performed by individuals in their respective portfolios in the Central Tibetan Administration. It is also aimed at introducing these distinctive staff to the public, at the same time, to inspire passion and dedication among other staff of the Central Tibetan Administration.
Brief Biography of Tenzin Nangwa
Ms Tenzin Nangwa joined Central Tibetan Administration in 2007 and is currently serving as settlement officer at Palrabling Settlement Office, Kullu.
An outstanding examplar of Tibetan settlement officer, Ms Nangwa is recognised for her creative achievements and exceptional service towards the welfare of Cholsum settlement in Paonta and Palrabling settlement in Kullu, Manali since 2014. While serving at Cholsum settlement, Ms Nangwa undertook the responsibility of overseeing numbers of welfare project including road renovation and maintenance, revitalising hospital, community auditorium, revamping electricity and drinking water facilities in the entire jurisdiction. She has also demonstrated excellent leadership during the election of local Tibetan assembly, local welfare bodies and the final Tibetan election.
Since 2016, Ms Nangwa has been serving as settlement officer at Palrabling settlement, Kullu, Manali and has contributed significantly towards the welfare of Tibetan settlers in Kullu, Patlikul, Manali and Palrabling. An efficient and responsible leader, Ms Nangwa has not only contributed to the welfare of Tibetan community but also strengthened relationship between the Tibetan community and locals.
Brief Biography of Rabten Tsering
Mr Rabten Tsering joined the Central Tibetan Administration in 2008 and is currently serving as settlement officer at Phuntsokling Settlement Office, Dalhousie. He has performed distinctively in the last three years as settlement officer at Miao Chompheling Settlement, then Tuting Tibetan Settlement Office in 2016 and currently at Dalhousie Settlement Office.
Mr Rabten Tsering is recognised for his massive fundraising efforts for the welfare of old aged people, education scholarship for children and revitalising housing facilities for over 271 residents of Miao settlement. In 2015, while serving at the Tuting settlement office, Rabten Tsering singlehandedly raised money to fund an ambulance for the local people, admitted over 42 children under education scholarship at Mussoorie Homes and raised fund to build 68 toilets in and around the settlement. Since 2016, Mr Rabten has been serving as settlement officer at Phuntsokling, Dalhousie Settlement Office. Over the period of one year, he has raised significant awareness on the Tibetan Medicare System and helped over 150 Tibetan families benefit from the medicare system.
DHARAMSHALA: The President of Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay today expressed concern over the deteriorating health of imprisoned Chinese Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo who has been diagnosed with late-stage cancer.
“I am saddened to learn of Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo’s tragic cancer diagnosis, and at the same time relieved to learn of his release on medical parole,” Dr Sangay said.
“I urge the Chinese government to grant Liu Xiaobo and his family immediate permission on humanitarian grounds to travel abroad for medical treatment. I also join the global call and prayers for his recovery and sincerely hope that he gets to spend as much quality time as possible with his family,” he added.
“On a positive note, I am inspired by the growing number of true democrats like Liu Xiaobo in China. The tide of democracy is gradually touching the shores of China and I am optimistic that Liu Xiaobo‘s vision of a truly democratic China will be realised soon in the near future,” President Sangay expressed.
President Dr Lobsang Sangay has been a staunch advocate for the release of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo since his arrest. He has consistently mentioned the case of Liu Xiaobo and urged the Chinese government for his swift release since 2013 in the official statements that he made on the anniversary marking the conferment of Nobel Peace prize on His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Besides President Dr Sangay, diplomats from the across the world including the US, Germany and the European Union have called upon China for Liu Xiaobo to be allowed to travel abroad for medical treatment. At least 154 Nobel laureates across the six Nobel disciplines have also urged Chinese President Xi Jinping in an open letter to allow Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia to travel to the United States for medical treatment.
“The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo has been diagnosed with liver cancer. His wife, Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest for almost seven years, is also ill. They have the wish to leave the country so they can receive medical care. Time is running out. We urge the Chinese government on humanitarian grounds to grant Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia’s wish to travel to the United States for medical treatment,” they have written in the letter.
The US House of Representatives also passed a resolution – introduced by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Chris Smith – on 29 June calling on China to unconditionally release Liu Xiaobo and allow him to freely meet with family and seek medical treatment abroad, if necessary.
Liu Xiaobo, 61, was arrested in 2008 after writing a pro-democracy manifesto called Charter 08, in which he called for an end to one-party rule and improvements in human rights. Following a year in detention and a two-hour trial, he was sentenced to 11 years in December 2009 for inciting subversion of state power.
On 26 June 2017, he was granted medical parole after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.
- Students of Tibetan Scholarship Program 2015 returning after completing their master’s courses in the US to be assigned to the various departments of the Central Tibetan Administration based on their qualifications and subject of study.
- International Tibet Network to convene its annual North America Tibet Support Groups (TSG) summit in Mexico from 1 – 3 September 2017 and its Asia Tibet Support Group (TSG) summit in Taiwan from 29 September – 1 October 2017. A staff from DIIR to attend the summits.
- A preliminary meeting of scholars, former bureaucrats and Tibet supporters to be held. This meeting will discuss ideas and suggestions for the three-day conference on Kashag’s five-fifty strategy scheduled from 6 – 8 October 2017.
Washington DC, June 30, 2017: Over 100 Tibetan students from the US and Canada participated in the Tibetan Story reading competition which was jointly organized for the first time by The Tibet Fund and Office of Tibet, Washington DC in coordination with Tibetan Associations for the young Tibetan children residing in North America.
Each of the ten winners of the competition will receive $100 cash prize and the two recommender organization Tibetan American Foundation Minnesota and Tibetan American Community of Connecticut, which had more than one participant in the top 10, will receive $1,000.
This summer of 2017, Summer Tibetan Language and Cultural camp for youths are also being organized in 17 different locations in the US and Canada by the Tibet Fund and Office of Tibet in coordination with respective Tibetan Associations. One of Such Summer camp which is organized in Drikung Dharma Surya Center, Virginia concludes today and Representative Penpa Tsering attended the concluding function and commended the concerted effort made by all the concerned.
These initiatives are carried out in a bid to preserve the rich Tibetan culture, language and religion and pass it down to the younger generation.
– Report filed by Office of Tibet, Washington DC –
Himalayan People Could Make Significant Contribution To Secular Education: His Holiness the Dalai Lama
LEH, Ladakh: Addressing a brief welcome reception for His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Shiwatsel palace in Leh on 28 June, His Holiness spoke about how the people of Himalayan regions such as Ladakh could make significant contributions in the promotion of secular ethics in India.
“One of my primary focus these days is the revival of Nalanda education in India. The Nalanda school of thought is hugely relevant to us these days. Its emphasis on secular ethics, epistemology, emotional science, philosophy is extremely noteworthy and should be taught in schools as part of regular syllabus,” His Holiness said.
“These ideas are also starting to gain a lot of attention in India these days. Therefore, I feel that, as followers of the Nalanda school, the people of Himalayan regions could play a significant role in the promotion of secular ethics in India. Hence, it is important that you study the Buddhist texts to have an in-depth knowledge of the same,” His Holiness said.
His Holiness also explained the unshakeable bond that he shares with the people of Ladakh as one of the primary reasons for his regular visits to Ladakh. He further explained the arid climate of Ladakh as beneficial to his health as compared to the torrential rains of Dharamshala during monsoon.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama further informed them about his recent visit to the US for a regular medical check up. “The visit was part of an annual medical check up that I undergo over there. Two years ago, the doctors said there is a slight chance of prostrate cancer. However, this time they told me I am completely fine and there is no trace of the signs anymore,” His Holiness said, urging them not to worry.
His Holiness arrived in Ladakh following a successful visit to the US on 28 June 2017. His Holiness will be in Ladakh for over a month before returning to Dharamshala. During the stay, His Holiness will conduct Buddhist teachings, give public talks, participate in discussions on the connections between science and religion, and meet the Muslim community of Ladakh.
DHARAMSHALA: President Dr Lobsang Sangay of the Central Tibetan Administration is scheduled to leave Dharamshala for a 10-day official visit to Ladakh and Delhi from 2 – 11 July.
President Sangay will depart for Ladakh via Delhi on 2 July. He will arrive in Ladakh on 3 July and will remain there till 8 July for official engagements such as meeting the public and attending the 82nd birthday celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Leh.
President Dr Sangay will fly back to Delhi on 9 July. From 9 -11 July, President Sangay will be in Delhi where he has a series of important meetings lined up with important officials and dignitaries.
He will be back in Dhamaramshala on 12 July.