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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Returns to Dharamshala

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 20:00

His Holiness the Dalai Lama returns to Dharamshala after more than a month long tour to Ladakh, Delhi and Mumbai, 15 August 2017.

Dharamshala: Thousands of devotees and well-wishers: Tibetans, Indians and supporters thronged the streets- from Gagal airport in Kangra to the lanes of Tsuglakhang temple in Mcleod Ganj to celebrate the return of their beloved spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama after more than a month long visit to Ladakh, Delhi and Mumbai.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr. Lobsang Sangay and Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, officials of CTA and representatives of Tibetan NGOSs extended a warm reception to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Gaggal airport.

His Holiness wrapped up his more-than-a-month-long teaching tour to Ladakh on 31 July and gave a series of talks in Delhi and Mumbai from 5 – 14 August.

His Holiness’ upcoming schedule includes: four day teachings on Buddhapalita’s Commentary on the Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way (drel-pa Buddhapalita) at the request of a group from Asia including Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam at the Main Tibetan Temple from 29 – 1 September.

On 10 September, he will give a public talk on Compassion in Action at the Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK

His Holiness will give public talk on Global Ethics – Shared Values in the afternoon organized by Tibet House Frankfurt to be held at Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt on 13 September.

On 14 September, His Holiness will participate in a one-day conference on Western Science and Buddhist Perspectives to be held at Jahrhunderthalle.

On 16 September, His Holiness will give a public talk on Peace in the morning at the Ancient Greek-Roman Theater of Taormina, Sicily, Italy.

His Holiness will give a public talk on Compassionate Ethics and Interdependence in the morning at Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, Messina, Sicily, Italy on 17 September.

CTA President Greets India on 71st Independence Day

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 18:22

CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay, Kalons and senior officials of Central Tibetan Administration singing the Indian national anthem on India’s independence day, 15 August 2017.

DHARAMSHALA: President Dr Lobsang Sangay of the Central Tibetan Administration congratulated India on the 71st anniversary of its Independence Day at a brief ceremony held at the Kashag secretariat today. The ceremony was attended by Kalons, secretaries and senior officials of all the departments.

Following the hoisting of the Indian national flag to the tune of the Indian national anthem, President Dr Lobsang Sangay expressed his greetings to the people and government of India.

“On the 71st anniversary of India’s independence day, I would like to express my heartiest greetings to the government and people of India,” President Dr Sangay said.

“This administration is observing the day with the wish and prayer that India becomes the greatest country in the world. We hope India’s economy flourish and its stature enhanced in the world, and the people of this country are able to reap the benefits of their country’s progress,” he said.

“Taking this opportunity, I would also like to thank India for hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Central Tibetan administration and the Tibetan people for over five decades since 1959. No country has done more for Tibetan than India and for that, the Tibetan people remain constantly indebted to this great nation,” he added.

Tea and sweets were distributed after the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, Sikyong left for Police Grounds in Lower Dharamshala where the local Indian administrative office is hosting a similar ceremony to mark the occasion. The chief guest at the ceremony was Shri Sudhir Sharma, minister of Himachal state government.

Tibetan representatives at the ceremony inlcude Kalon Karma Yeshi, Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phunstok, Tibetan Parliamentarian Ngawang Tharpa and Kashag secretary Topgyal Tsering.

Seven Billion Human Beings Have the Seed of Love and Compassion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama at TISS

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 20:15

His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the inauguration of the course on secular ethics by Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, 14 August 2017. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

MUMBAI: His Holiness the Dalai Lama today graced the launch of a course on Secular Ethics by Tata Institute of Social Science at its convention center in Mumbai. The inauguration was attended by more than a thousand people including eminent scholars, professors, faculty and students of the institute.

Delivering the first lecture of the course, His Holiness the Dalai Lama hailed India’s long-standing tradition of respect and accommodation of differing religious faiths and cultures within its boundaries, and called India a model for the rest of the world.

His Holiness further described India as the only country in the world, which can effectively combine secular ethics and modern education to produce sustainable results for the benefit of the entire sentient beings.

“While there could be innumerable sentient beings across the infinite galaxies, there are only 7 billion human beings on this planet. These 7 billion beings are biologically the same. We all have the seed of love and compassion,” His Holiness said.

“However, despite our common desire for happiness and the innate potential for love and compassion, we are facing a wave of violence perpetrated in the name of religion and greed. In light of these, the future doesn’t look promising,” His Holiness noted.

“Religion as a mass institution has immense power to transform people into better human beings. But frankly speaking, it has failed in many instances. While religion is a source of joy for many, people have also created sufferings in the name of religion. Now, we must look for other alternatives to bring peace, and education is the only viable option,” His Holiness said.

“The existing education system is oriented more towards materialistic development. But if we can incorporate secular ethics such as compassion and warmheartedness into our education system, we can bring about a huge change,” His Holiness remarked, and lauded the institute’s foresight and initiative in introducing a special program dedicated to secular ethics.

“People believe morality is for religion in earlier days, but now a day it is much relevant in today’s world. It should be taught from kindergarten level in order to bring some conviction to one in life,” His Holiness said.

His Holiness also talked about cultivating emotional hygiene at par with physical hygiene and spoke about anger as a destructive emotion that can ruin the self as well as the other.

His Holiness further said, “I develop conviction that different religions could live together, that’s why one of my commitments is religious harmony. Besides modern education of materialistic development, we must develop teaching of secular ethics to train inner value”.

He stated Ahimsa is the manifestation of karuna, action level is ahimsa and motivation level is Karuna.

A strong advocate of secularism and universal responsibility, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has long emphasised secular ethics through transformation of the existing education system as a response to the complex challenges of race, religious and economic divides faced by humanity.

The course is designed by Dr. Monica Sharma, Tata Chair Professor and retired Director of Leadership and Capacity Building United Nations. “The course on Secular Ethics aims to provide a common foundation for multi-cultural diversity based on universal values of dignity, equity and compassion,” according to a press release issued by the institute.

“The course encourages praxis, based on the commonality of humanity and the ability to source this in the self and in the other to foster interdependence and wellbeing. This course embodies universal values individually and collectively, and helps unleash one’s full potential to shift disempowering systems and norms in order to create new patterns for equitable and sustainable results,” it says.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivering the first lecture on Secular ethics at TISS, 14 August 2017.Photo/ Tenzin Phende/ DIIR

Audience at the launch of the book on secular ethics at TISS, Mumbai, 14 August 2017. Photo/ Tenzin Phende/ DIIR

Scholars at the launch of the course on secular ethics at Tata Institute of Social Science, 14 August 2017. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

In Pictures: His Holiness the Dalai Lama Inaugurates Tata Institute’s New Course on Secular Ethics

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 19:30
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In Pictures: CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay Interacts with Chinese Scholars in Melbourne

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 14:46
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In Pictures: President Dr Lobsang Sangay Addresses Tibetan Community in Melbourne, Australia

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 14:32
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Hails India’s Religious Harmony at Interfaith Dialogue in Mumbai

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 14:28

His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the interfaith program at NSCI Dome, Worli, Mumbai orgainsed by
Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

Mumbai: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Sunday extolled secularism practised in India and emphasised that India’s example of peaceful existence of different religions in the country should be followed all over the world.

“Wherever I go, I tell people that with regard to religious harmony, India is a living example that religious traditions can live together in peace and respect,” the Tibetan leader told an audience of over 4000.

He said it’s unthinkable that religious faith should be a source of conflict. However, there are places now where conflict takes place within the same faith—between Sunni and Shia traditions for example—something not seen in India.

“In this country, ahimsa has, for thousands of years, characterized the path of action, but it is related to being motivated by karuna or compassion. On the one hand, if we have a self-centred attitude, an artificial smile and seek to deceive others with sweet words—that’s a kind of violence. On the other, when a parent or teacher, like my tutor, uses harsh words entirely out of concern for a child’s welfare, that’s non-violent.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama sharing a light moment with Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev at the interfaith program at NSCI Dome, Worli, Mumbai orgainsed by Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

He further emphasised the learning of ancient Indian knowledge and its relevance today. “Now, I’ve made a commitment to trying to revive this ancient knowledge in India, which I consider is the only country that could combine it with a modern approach to education,” the Buddhist leader said.

“If education paid more attention to the ancient Indian knowledge of the workings of the mind and emotions, we’d learn how to achieve peace of mind. We’ve been working with education experts and scientists to draw up a curriculum to implement this from kindergarten to university. We propose to do this on a secular basis—secular meaning not only respect for all religious traditions without bias, but even respect for the views of those who have no belief. If India can combine modern education with ancient Indian knowledge, she can make a significant contribution to the well-being of all 7 billion human beings.”

In a lighter moment during the program, His Holiness held Baba Ramdev’s beard in a playful manner and poked his midriff as the latter touched His Holiness’ feet to seek blessings.

Other religious leaders who spoke at the conclave were Maulana Dr. Kalbe Sadiq, Archbishop Felix Anthony Machado , Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni , Giani Gurbachan Singh, Swami Baba Ramdev, Jainacharya Namra Muni and many others.

Key figures present were Union Minister for Agriculture and Panchayat Raj, Union Minister for Science & Technology; Environment, Forest and Climate Change; as well as Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Indian actor, Vivek Oberoi.

His Holiness and the several spiritual leaders ate lunch together in a cordial display of friendship before formally concluding the conclave.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is presented a certificate by the Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti at the Interfaith program at NSCI Dome, Worli, Mumbai orgainsed by Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

In Pictures: His Holiness the Dalai Lama Speaks at Interfaith Conclave in Mumbai

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 06:30
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CTA President Offers Profound Condolences to Quake Victims in Tibet

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 19:59

Dharamshala: The President of Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay today expressed profound sadness and condolences to the victims of a massive earthquake that hit parts of Tibet on 8 August.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the earthquake that hit Dzitsa Degu County in Ngaba. My profound condolences and prayers are with the victims and those affected by the earthquake,” Dr Sangay said.

“As the relief and rescue missions are still underway, we should also think about the causes of these natural disasters which are increasingly becoming routine on the Tibetan plateau.”

” At an average elevation of 4000 metres above sea level, and with an area of 2.5m sq km, Tibet is the world’s highest and largest plateau. In its bid to control, integrate and circumscribe the native Tibetans through massive over-development, the Chinese Govt through their flawed environmental polities have uprooted the traditional lifestyle of the people and disrupted the fragile and delicate nature of Tibet’s ecosystem.”

Bostwana Visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Cancelled Owing to Exhaustion

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 03:04

His Holiness the Dalai Lama smiles before leaving for Mumbai from Delhi/ Photo: Choejor/OHHDL

 

Dharamsala: The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama confirmed the cancellation of His Holiness’ visit to Bostwana originally scheduled for August 15-20 this year.

“Earlier today, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote to both His Excellency Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana and Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu, President of Mind & Life Institute today, expressing profound regret at having to cancel his impending visit to Botswana due to exhaustion,” read the statement on www.dalailama.com

It further mentioned “During the past few weeks, His Holiness has found that carrying out his activities has left him unusually tired. Although he had been eagerly looking forward to visiting Gaborone from August 15 to 20 and participating in the Mind & Life Conference and other engagements, His Holiness has reluctantly had to concede that his 82-year old body was telling him to rest.”

It further mentioned “Since his physicians have also advised him to avoid undertaking long journeys for the next few weeks, His Holiness will return to Dharamsala to recuperate.”

In his letter to President Khama His Holiness expressed deep admiration, respect and gratitude to him and the Government of Botswana for their unwavering principled stand to welcome him to their country, despite overwhelming pressure not to do so. His Holiness repeated his disappointment at being unable to come to Botswana at this time.

In his letter to Dr. Susan Bauer-Wu His Holiness wrote, “I was very much looking forward to visiting Botswana and participating in the Mind & Life Conference centered on discussions of Ubuntu, which is very similar to my fundamental belief that we are all interdependent and therefore need to conduct ourselves with a sense of universal responsibility. Despite my absence, I urge all of you to continue with the conference, to hold valuable discussions and publish the results. Many of you are familiar with how I think and can share those ideas with others during the proceedings.”

His Holiness requested Dr. Susan to offer apologies on his behalf to her fellow organisers, as well as all the panelists. His Holiness expressed his happiness and joy to know that the conference will remain as scheduled.

 

Massive Earthquake Hits Eastern Tibet

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 20:48

Chinese paramilitary police in Jiuzhaigou in China’s southwestern Sichuan province on 9 August  2017, the day after an 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the region. (Xinhua)

DHARAMSHALA: A massive earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale hit the scenic Zhitsa-Degu County in Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (incorporated into China’s Sichuan province) in eastern Tibet late in the night of 8 August 2017. The epicenter of the quake was reportedly 284 kilometres (176 miles) north of the provincial capital Chengdu and struck at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to US geological services.

Chinese authorities confirm at least 19 people have died and more than 200 people injured in the earthquake. However it’s not clear how many of them are Tibetans, Chinese and visiting tourists. It is feared that the number of casualties would increase dramatically as the debris and rubble is cleared.

Jiuzhaigou County known is Tibetan as གཟི་རྩ་སྡེ་དགུ་རྫོང་ is a picturesque hill area popular with both Chinese and international tourists for its large number of lake groups, waterfalls and rich variety of endangered flora and fauna. The area was awarded the status of UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1997 and was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

President Dr Lobsang Sangay Arrives in Melbourne on Final Leg of Tour

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 14:54

Members of Tibetan community in Melbourne welcomes President Dr Lobsang Sangay, Central Tibetan Administration, 11 August 2017.

Melbourne: President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay arrived in Melbourne today on the final leg of his three-city tour during which he will interact with Chinese intellectuals, democracy activists and scholars and meet members of Tibetan community in Melbourne.

The President was received at the Airport by members of the Victorian Tibetan community and Tibet supporters.

On the first day of his visit, President Dr Sangay gave an interview to ABC News. “What you see now is the same Confucius-based nationalist expansionist policy with all the neighboring countries. So I am here in Australia to remind the rest of the world, including Australia, that what happened to us could happen to you; in some sense its happening to you. Be careful,” the President said in his interview to ABC News.

He will meet members of the Victoria Tibetan community and attend a dinner hosted by the community later today.

On 12 August, he will participate in an interactive session with Chinese intellectuals, democracy activists and scholars. In the afternoon of the same day, he will meet with members of Tibetan community at Collingwood town hall before flying back to Delhi.

On 13 August, Dr Sangay will conclude his thee-city tour of Australia and return to India.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay being interviewed by presenter Beverley O’Connor at ABC in Melbourne, 120 Southbank Boulevard.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay with presenter Beverley O’Connor at ABC in Melbourne, 120 Southbank Boulevard.

In Pictures: Highlights of CTA President’s Official Visit to Canberra

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 20:02

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay with Chinese friends at the Tibetan Chinese Friendship dinner at Tang Dynasty Restaurant, Kingston, 7 August 2017.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking at the National Press Club.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking at the National Press Club.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking at the National Press Club.

 

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking at the National Press Club.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking at the National Press Club.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay with Chris Ulmann, ABC Political Editor and moderator at NPC, 8 August 2017.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay with members of the Human Rights Sub-Committee at the House of Representatives, Canberra, 9 August 2017.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay with members of the Human Rights Sub-Committee at the House of Representatives, Canberra, 9 August 2017.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay with members of the Human Rights Sub-Committee at the House of Representatives, Canberra, 9 August 2017.

President of Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay with members of the Human Rights Sub-Committee at the House of Representatives, Canberra, 9 August 2017.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay with members of the Human Rights Sub-Committee at the House of Representatives, Canberra, 9 August 2017.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay presenting a souvenir to Leader of the Australian Green, Senator Richard Di Natale on 9 August 2017.

Meeting with Leader of the Australian Green, Senator Richard Di Natale on 9 August 2017.

Leader of the Australian Green, Senator Richard Di Natale on 9 August 2017.

President Dr Lobsang Sangay with Micheal Danby, Co-chair of All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, 9 August 2017.

Meeting with members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, Canberra, 9 August 2017.

Meeting with members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, Canberra, 9 August 2017.

President Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking on ‘The question of Tibet in International law, Chinese Constitution and domestic law’ at Australian National University (ANU), hosted by ANU College Associate Prof. Ales Bruce, 9 August 2017.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Explains the Art of Happiness at Siri Fort Auditorium, Delhi

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 19:47

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arriving at the auditorium to speak on ‘The Art of Happiness’ at Siri Fort, New Delhi. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

New Delhi: His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a talk on “The Art of Happiness’ at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi on 10 August 2017.

His Holiness said, “Mother’s love is important to the growth of child. It has an impact on the child throughout his/her life. From birth till death, love and affection are the key factors that determine a happy life.”

“Materialistic life talks more of power and money. It lacks the inner values such as respect for others and compassion. Self-centered attitude leads to competition, which in turn leads to fear, irritation and anger. Then, these destructive emotions turn into violence,” His Holiness noted.

His Holiness further talked about the 200 million people killed through violence in the 20th century. “21st century should avoid the violence and bloodshed of the 20th century. This can be done through action with vision. Existing modern education is inadequate to create a happy life as it focuses more on materialistic education rather than inner values,” His Holiness observed.

His Holiness mentioned that we must educate people to tackle destructive emotion such as anger. “We must go deeper into the root cause and try to treat from that. We have to look at the problem from different dimensions with a wider perspective. If we can do that, the intensity of irritation will reduce. Look from holistic view to tackle negative emotion,” His Holiness said.

Educationist and scientist have common idea to educate on secular ethics. Today inner value is highly essential. “We must try to demilitarise and bring dialogue to have more peaceful century.”

His Holiness further recounted how an 8th century Tibetan emperor invited Shanta Rakshita from India to introduce Nalanda University knowledge into Tibet. “This was the light that illuminated the whole of Tibet,” His Holiness noted.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama also gave a speech to Tibetan public before concluding the talk. He urged Tibetans to learn Tibetan language to study that ancient Indian knowledge, which is highly relevant to today’s world.

Vipan Chopra, President of Association of British Scholars and Neeraj Gulati, Founder of BM Anand Foundation organised the public talk and function.

– Report filed by Correspondent Tenzin Phende –

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking on the Art of Happiness at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

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Audience at the His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s talk on ‘The Art of Happiness’ at Siri fort Auditorium, New Delhi. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

Audience at the His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s talk on ‘The Art of Happiness’ at Siri fort Auditorium, New Delhi. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

 

President Lobsang Sangay leaves for Melbourne, Concludes Sydney-Canberra trip

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 17:31

President of Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay with Chair and members of the Human Rights Sub-Committee at the Australian Parliament, 9 August 2017.

Canberra: The President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay today left for Melbourne, the final leg of his tri-city official tour, after concluding his visit to Sydney and Canberra, Australia.

In Canberra, President Dr Sangay was hosted at the Australian parliament by the the Human Rights Sub-Committee Chaired by Hon Kevin Andrews MP and members including Dr Anne Aly, MP, Senator Dean Smith, Senator Claire Moore, MS Sharon Claydon, MP, Michael Danby, MP and Trent Zimmerman, MP.

During the meeting, President Dr Sangay briefed the committee on the ‘Environmental issues in Tibet, Genesis of self-immolation protest, Religious repression in the case of Larung Gar and Yachen Gar destruction, Forced nomadic resettlement project and CTA’s Middle way approach policy’.

“It was a pleasure to welcome to our Parliament the Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay yesterday,” Dean Smith tweeted on Wednesday.

President Dr Lobsang Sangay with Micheal Danby, member of the Australian House of Representatives at latter’s office.

The President also met with Chair and Co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary group for Tibet and leader of the Australian Green, Senator Richard Di Natale on 9 August.

A major highlight of President’s visit was the interactive and informal discussions with Chinese students, democracy activists and intellectuals on two various occasions: at University of Technology, Sydney and at Tibetan Chinese friendship dinner at Kingston.

President Dr Sangay with Chinese friends at the Tibetan Chinese Friendship dinner at Tang Dynasty Restaurant, Kingston, 7 August 2017.

“The meeting was aimed to bring the two communities closer through dialogue and understanding,” said Kelsang Gyaltsen Bawa, Chinese liaison officer at Tibet Information Office, Canberra.

On Tuesday, 8 August, President Dr Sangay was invited to speak at the National Press Club, Australia’s most recognized forum, an icon chosen for major statements and for initiating change.

President Dr Sangay speaking at the National Press Club.

Addressing eminent journalists and editors from leading Australian dailies and media houses, President Dr Sangay discussed how Tibet’s experiences with China will provide Australian leaders and world leaders an important insight into the rising superpower, China.

“We should not forget Tibet and the lessons that it gives us. We should never bow to pressure to silence the voice of dissidence in any country. The Press Club prides itself on being a forum of free speech, and it is in that spirit that today we welcome Dr Lobsang Sangay, the president of the Tibetan government-in-exile,” said Chris Ulmann, ABC Political Editor and moderator of the talk.

CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay during an interview on ‘Morning with Genevieve Jacobs’ at ABC Radio and TV interview at ABC Station.

President Dr Sangay’s visit also covered interviews with major Australian media company including the Fairfax and ‘Mornings with Genevieve Jacobs’ a Radio cum TV interview of ABC Canberra.

Speaking to Fairfax Media, Mr Sangay called for the Chinese government to embrace the ‘Middle Way’ approach, allowing Tibetan people to vote for their representatives in China.

Public talks, other meetings and visits

On 9 August, President Dr Lobsang Sangay gave a talk on ‘The question of Tibet in International law, Chinese Constitution and domestic law’ at Australian National University (ANU), hosted by ANU College Associate Prof. Ales Bruce.

President Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking on ‘The question of Tibet in International law, Chinese Constitution and domestic law’ at Australian National University (ANU), hosted by ANU College Associate Prof. Ales Bruce.

On 7 August, the President addressed members of Tibetan community in Nowra, Sydney.

On 6 August, President Dr Sangay visited the Rigney Kyitsel week end classes at Manly Mackellar Girls High School, and addressed Tibetan community in New South Wales.

On 5 August, Dr Sangay spoke at the Sydney Opera House on ‘Tibet in the 21st century – politically, environmentally, economically and cultural challenges’.

The president also held meeting with the International commission of Jurists (ICJ), presided over by John Dowd, the president of the ICJ Australia at Grace Hotel, Sydney and visited the Exodus Foundation of Rev Bill Crews.

President Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking at the Sydney Opera House.

 

 

 

 

President Dr Sangay Briefs Human Rights Sub-Committee on Ground Situation inside Tibet

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:40

President Dr Lobsang Sangay with members of the Human right Sub Committee in Canberra.

CANBERRA: President Dr Lobsang Sangay of the Central Tibetan Administration briefed the human Rights Sub Committee of the Australian Parliament on 9 August 2017.

In his briefing, President Dr Sangay spoke about the ground situation inside Tibet particularly with regard to the environmental issues facing Tibet, genesis of the wave of self-immolation protests inside Tibet, ongoing religious repression and the violation of basic human rights such as the destruction of Larung and Yachen gar in eastern Tibet by Chinese authorities.

Dr Sangay also spoke about the forced relocation of Tibetan pastoral nomads from high grasslands into concrete buildings, destroying not only their traditional lifestyles and but also the grasslands which they profess to be safeguarding. He demanded that China should make Tibetans the custodians of Tibetan environmental conservation.

“We are not against Chinese developmental projects in Tibet per se, but we propose that the real beneficiaries of any development must be Tibetans in Tibet. Any projects that China undertake must be environmentally sustainable, culturally sensitive and economically beneficially to local Tibetans.,” he said.

President Dr Sangay further spoke about the Middle Way Approach, the official policy of the Central Tibetan Administration to resolve the Tibet issue. He urged the world to support the resumption of dialogue between envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Chinese representatives and said that lasting solution to the China-Tibet issue can only come through dialogue.

The subcommittee is chaired by Hon Kevin Andrews MP. Other members of the committee include Dr Anne Aly, Senator Dean Smith, Senator Claire Moore, MS Sharon Claydon, Michael Danb, Trent Zimmerman and Sonya Fladun (INQUIRY SECRETARY).

President Dr Lobsang Sangay with members of human rights sub committee.

President Dr Sangay with members of Human rights Sub Committee

President Dr Sangay with members of Human rights Sub Committee.

President Dr Sangay with members of Human rights Sub Committee.

Dr Lobsang Sangay with members of Human rights Sub Committee.

 

CTA President Speaks on How Democracies can Survive China’s Growing Aggression at National Press Club of Australia

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:17

President Dr Lobsang Sangay at the National Press Club, Canberra.

CANBERRA: President Dr Lobsang Sangay of the Central Tibetan Administration was at the National Press Club of Australia based in Canberra on Tuesday, 8 August, to speak on the topic ‘‘Tibet and Australia: How Can Democracies Survive a Rising China’.

Eminent journalists and editors from leading Australian dailies and media houses attended the talk. Chris Uhlmann, a writer and a veteran Australian journalist known for his acerbic political observations, moderated the talk.

President Dr Lobsang Sangay, in his talk, spoke about how China occupied Tibet using tactics of carrot and stick to win the over the native population, and what Australia and the world can learn about China from it.

“To understand China, you have to understand the Tibet narrative. Without understanding the Tibet issue, you can never figure out China and their ideology,” Dr Sangay began.

“China came into Tibet with the promise of peace and prosperity. They built roads, bridges, and airports in the name of development. They even co-opted a few religious leaders and aristocratic families to influence the Tibetan public. But even after all this, China has not been able to win the Tibetan people’s loyalty,” he said.

“More than a million Tibetans died in Tibet as a result of China’s unjust policies. Some died as a direct result of military occupation, some died in famines caused China’s illogical economic policies, some died in labor camps, etc.,” he added.

“98% of Tibetan monasteries and nunneries were destroyed and 99% of monks and nuns were forcibly disrobed during the occupation. From the very beginning, Chinese government’s objective was to transform Tibet into China and Tibetans into Chinese. They wanted to eradicate the very foundation of Tibetan culture and civilization,” he said.

“What’s terrifying now is that we are seeing this Chinese tactic of power and intimidation unfold all over the world today, albeit under different trade and development initiatives,” he pointed out.

“China is one of Australia’s most important trading partners, making a strong relationship vital to Australia’s national interest. But there are growing concerns about covert Chinese actions taking place on Australian soil. Every government has an interest in promoting itself abroad to extend its soft power. However, their intimidation tactics to increase control and silence dissent is a threat to the democratic principles that Australia stands for,” he said.

“Therefore, as a Tibetan, I have to tell you what happened to Tibet in the early 1950s. However, it could be you tomorrow. What happened to us could easily happen to you. Given the discourse around the world, people are worried about China’s intentions. And rightly so,” he declared.

Chris Ulhman, in his introductory remarks, lauded China’s rapid economic rise in the last thirty years particularly its marvelous achievement of lifting millions of people out of poverty. However, he said true greatness of a nation is measured in how it treats its people rather than economic or military might.

“So we should not forget Tibet and the lessons that it gives us in our dealings with China,” he said.

This was Dr Sangay’s second visit to the National Press Club of Australia. His last visit to the club was in June 2012. At that time, he spoke about Tibetan democracy, the current situation in Tibet and the choices Australia must make in its relationship with China.

President Dr Sangay speaking at the National Press Club.

A member of the audience asking a question to President Dr Sangay.

In Pictures: CTA President Completes Engagements in Sydney

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:48

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking at the luncheon meeting with International commission of Jurists (ICJ) presided over by John Dowd, president of the ICJ Australia at Grace Hotel, Sydney, 5 August 2017.

President of  Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking at the luncheon meeting with International commission of Jurists (ICJ) presided over by John Dowd, president of the ICJ Australia at Grace Hotel, Sydney.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay at the Exodus Foundation of Rev Bill Crews, 5 August 2017.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking on ‘Tibet in the 21st century – politically, environmentally, economically and cultural challenges’ at the the Studio Hall, Sydney Opera House, 5 August 2017.

Representative of the Office of Tibet, Canberra delivering welcome remarks at President Dr Lobsang Sangay’s talk on ‘Tibet in the 21st century – politically, environmentally, economically and cultural challenges’ at Sydney Opera House, 5 August 2017.

The felicitation ceremony at President Dr Lobsang Sangay’s talk on ‘Tibet in the 21st century – politically, environmentally, economically and cultural challenges’ at the the Studio Hall, Sydney Opera House, 5 August 2017.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay before his interview at ABC Radio Station for morning live broadcast with Frank Kelly, 7 August 2017.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay being welcomed by members of Tibetan community in Nowra, Sydney, 7 August 2017.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay paying respect before a portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 7 August 2017.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay addressing members of Tibetan community in Nowra, Sydney, 7 August 2017.

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay with members of Tibetan community in Nowra, Sydney, 7 August 2017.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Speaks at Editors Guild of India

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 21:00

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at the Editor Guild of India today at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library auditorium, New Delhi. Photo/Tenzin Phende

New Delhi: His Holiness the Dalai Lama was invited as speaker at annual memorial lecture for late veteran Indian medium journalist Rajendra Mathur by Editor Guild of India today at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library auditorium, New Delhi.

Kalyani Shankar, treasurer of Editors Guild of India welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama followed by inaugural speech by Raj Chengappa, President of Editors Guild of India.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama during Rajendra Mathur memorial lecture narrated primarily on the democracy evolution that he took to reform Tibetan into modern fully functional democracy. He devolved his private long run political power to people. His Holiness said, “I retire fully from political authority in 2011 with elected leaders from people”.

“India is most populated democracy country in the world, but it is more stable compare to neighbouring country. Today India is the only country with diverse religion belief living together peacefully,“ His Holiness said.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at the Editor Guild of India today at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library auditorium, New Delhi. Photo/Tenzin Phende

His Holiness reminded that media people should inform and educate people on what is happening around, but it should be fact and truthful. Media should not be biased base on group, community and political party. It should work for the people.

His Holiness further talked about rich ancient Indian knowledge from Nalanda University and urge Indian to educate inner values from kindergarten level.

“Media always make negative news so sensational, it might lead to doom of human being at one point. Basic nature of human beings is compassionate. 7 billions humans are same in sense of mother’s love irrespective of believer or non-believer. So we must strive to work for the betterment of each other,” His Holiness noted.

He further said, “We must think whether current education system is adequate as many of problem arise from educated people these day.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at the Editor Guild of India today at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library auditorium, New Delhi. Photo/Tenzin Phende

“Adding to my previous three commitments, my fourth commitment is revival of ancient Indian knowledge of Nalanda University in India.  Chela has re-educate Indian guru of their rich knowledge,” he added

He addressed that India can combine modern education of physical needs with ancient Indian knowledge of inner values.

He said, “Ten thousand monks are keeping alive of ancient Indian knowledge with help of Pandit Nehru’s far sighted vision in Tibetan monasteries in south India. Universities in India should explore the knowledge of those monks”.

It was followed by question and answer session. Mr Prakash Dubey, General Secretary  of Editors Guild of India gave a vote of thanks at the end of lecture.

-filed by Correspondent Tenzin Phende-

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at the Editor Guild of India today at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library auditorium, New Delhi. Photo/Tenzin Phende

 

Study Tibetan to Understand Nalanda Tradition of Buddhism: His Holiness to Russian and Tibetan Buddhist Scholars

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 21:22

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Konstantin Anokhin on the final day of dialogue between Tibetan and Russian scholars in New Delhi. Photo/Tenzin Phende/ DIIR

New Delhi: His Holiness the Dalai Lama graced the conclusion of a five-day dialogue between Russian and Tibetan Buddhist Scholars on 8 August 2017 at Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.

Viktoria G. Lysenko from the Institute of Philosophy, Moscow, gave a presentation on “What kind of Philosophy can be a bridge between Science and Buddhism?” before His Holiness’ concluding remarks.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his concluding remarks urged Russian scientists to participate in future dialogue and conferences on Buddhism and science between western scholars and Tibetan Buddhist scholars. “Russian scholars have an immense knowledge of science. They should not distance themselves from other renowned scientists from the west and should participate in the future. we could learn a lot from each other,” His Holiness said.

“It is not good to differentiate based on cultural boundaries like Western and Asian. We must indulge in a feeling of oneness, which is one of my first commitment : the promotion of human values,” His Holiness noted.

His Holiness further enlightened the scientists and observers about Buddha’s scientific nature based on his sermons in which he has called for analysis and experimentation rather than blind faith.

His Holiness applauded the organisers for their noble objectives of creating harmonious societies and called for more such dialogues in the future to exchange ideas and have a thorough understanding of Buddhist philosophy to have fruitful consequences.

His Holiness further spoke about the importance of preserving the rich Tibetan language as most of the sacred texts of the Sanskrit tradition is preserved only in the Tibetan language. “It is only in the Tibetan language that the rich Buddhist culture from Nalanda University has retained its purity and quality. Therefore, if you want to study the Nalanda tradition of Buddhism, you should study Tibetan language,” His Holiness said.

– Report filed by Correspondent Tenzin Phende –

Honorary Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Telo Tulku Rinpoche addressing the final day of the dialogue between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Russian scholars at New Delhi. Photo/Tenzin Phende/ DIIR

Group photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Russian and Tibetan scholars. Photo/Tenzin Phende/ DIIR

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Russian and Tibetan scholars during the dialogue in New Delhi. Photo/ Tenzin Phende/ DIIR

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