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Bringing Tibetan and Chinese Communities Closer through dialogue and understanding, CTA President’s reaches out to Chinese in Australia
Canberra, August 07: Dr Lobsang Sangay, President of Central Tibetan Administration, arrived at Canberra to begin the second leg of his tri-city official tour of Australia on Monday following a series of hectic engagements in Sydney.
Members of Tibetan community in Canberra, a tiny population in the Capital, braved the chilling winter here to welcome the President who arrived late in the evening after a 6-hour journey from Sydney along with Mr Lhakpa Tsering Tshoko, the Representative and staff of Tibet Information Office and executive members and volunteers from Sydney Tibetan Association.
President Dr Sangay began his Canberra visit by attended a Tibetan-Chinese Friendship dinner hosted at Tang Dynasty Restaurant in Canberra. Around a dozen Chinese, comprising of intellectuals, activists and students attended the informal gathering with the Tibetans in the Capital.
Addressing the gathering in his opening remarks, Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen Bawa, the Chinese liaison officer at Tibet Information Office, Canberra, said the meeting aims to bring the two communities “closer through dialogue and understanding.”
The President of CTA Dr. Lobsang Sangay spoke on the prospect of bringing democracy to China.
The meeting with the members of the Chinese community is the second in his three days here in Australia.
On Sunday, Dr. Lobsang Sangay met Chinese intellectuals and democracy activists at University of Technology, Sydney. Dr. Sangay spoke of Tibet’s past, present and the way forward. Dr. Sangay also opined the prospect of bringing about democracy in China should be “seen as an exciting opportunity to bring change in China and the world.” More than a hundred Chinese attended the talk by the President.
Prior to arriving at Canberra, the President halted for a lunch stopover during the ride to meet and greet a small Tibetan community at Nowra, Sydney.
Addressing the gathering comprising of former political prisoners, Dr. Sangay reminded the need to continue to work for the Tibetan cause.
“Advocating for Tibetan cause by the Tibetans (here) carry greater weight and significance since you are the very people who suffered and saw the tragic situation under the China’s rule first hand,” Dr. Sangay said.
Beginning the day second of his Canberra visit early in the morning on Tuesday (today), Dr. Sangay gave an interview for ‘Mornings with Genevieve Jacobs’ a Radio cum TV interview of ABC Canberra.
– Report filed by TTV Correspondent Tenzin Wangchuk –
By Dr Lobsang Sangay – Published in The Guardian, 7 August 2017
Rising temperatures on the roof of the world make Tibet both a driver and amplifier of global warming. China’s unchecked mining and dam building has to be reigned in
Australia continues to battle a water crisis and the challenges facing the world’s driest inhabited continent, Tibet on the other hand is Asia’s water tower, its principal rainmaker and the largest source of fresh water, feeding over a billion lives in Asia including China.
At an average elevation of 4,000 meters above sea level and with an area of 2.5m sq km, Tibet is the world’s highest and largest plateau. It’s nearly two-third the size of the European continent. If Tibet were still a sovereign nation it would be the world’s tenth largest. It has the largest concentration of the world’s tallest mountains and is called the earth’s third pole because it has the largest reservoir of glacial ice after the two poles. Tibet is also a treasure trove of minerals, oil and natural gas reserves and a leading producer of lithium in China.
The Chinese scientists have over the years been proposing an increase in nature reserves across Tibet considering the fragile ecosystem on the plateau. In April this year China unveiled its grand plans on turning the entire stretch of Tibet into a national park.
The Chinese government has been declaring more and more national parks and nature reserves across Tibet in recent years, and this is a welcome gesture. The Chinese government must take into consideration the fragility and delicate nature of Tibet’s environment and reign in the factors that contribute to environmental crises in Tibet: rapid urbanisation, transfer of Chinese population into Tibet, unchecked mining on Tibet’s sacred mountains, and damming of Tibet’s rivers to facilitate hydro power projects.
In light of such robust projects, Tibetans are not only deprived of their traditional way of living, but are made peripheral beneficiaries of the projects.
The real beneficiaries are the Chinese officials who pocket their share of the gain, the Chinese companies and the Chinese employers benefitting from the economic opportunities.
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.
China’s rolling of its strategic and economic imperatives in Tibet has greater implications on the larger environmental consequences caused by climate change.
Today, the Chinese government’s flawed environmental and developmental policies have turned this resource-rich plateau and fragile ecosystem into a hub of its mining and dam building activities. This not only changes the water map of Asia for the worse but also contributes to an environmental crisis, which in turn contributes to climate change across Asia. The rising temperatures on the roof of the world make Tibet both a driver and amplifier of global warming.
2016 has been a year of natural disasters: a glacial avalanche in Aru in the Ngari region (Western Tibet), and mud floods and a landslide in Amdo (eastern Tibet). Between June and July 2017 alone, four distinct cases of floods were reported in Kham (south east region of Tibet). These are the cumulative effect of climate change.
More cases of natural disasters are imminent. The Chinese government must consider these impending threats and accordingly orient its urban development project towards mitigating the increasing threats posed by climate change.
China has escalated military control over Tibetan borders, expanded mining based on the rich resources of the Tibetan plateau in order to fuel China’s economic development and has dramatically expanded infrastructure with a strategic road and rail network. It seeks to raise the productivity of the industrial cities of Xi’an, Chongqing and Chengdu at the foot of the Tibetan plateau and to address the progressive scarcity of water resources in the North and North-East of China with water sourced in Tibet.
Tibet is facing two critical issues: Its political and environmental future. Of the two, the latter is a bigger issue given the implications for Asia and the rest of the world.
Tibet symbolises the three crises that confront Asia today; a natural resources crisis, an environmental and a climate crisis. These three are interlinked and potentially pose a threat to the ecological wellbeing and climate security not just of Asia but even of Europe, North America and Australia. According to leading scientists, the recent heat waves in Europe are linked to loss of ice on the Tibetan plateau. A team led by Hai Lin, an atmospheric scientist at Environment Canada in Quebec found that the greater snow-cover in Tibet, the warmer the winter in Canada.
Such formidable scenarios demand greater global attention and a forward-looking leadership to assuage the larger affects of an environmental crisis befalling Tibet. The world leaders must act prudently and not allow political constrains to dwarf redressal mechanism at institutional level to an impending global environmental crisis.
Veerabhadran Ramanathan from the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego has rightly said that “our understanding of global climate change would be incomplete without taking into consideration what’s happening to the Tibetan plateau.”
Tibet’s environment impinges on regional and global security. The global efforts to reign in China’s policies in Tibet underpinning an oversight of the importance of Tibet’s environment and sensitivity over its fragile ecosystem, must be robust. In the age of climate change the future of Asia and by extension that of our planet Earth hinges on the developments in Tibet, the roof of the world.
* Dr Lobsang Sangay is president of the Central Tibetan Administration
Short Sighted Chinese Leaders Using Methods of Fear to Instill instability : His Holiness Dalai Lama to Times Now
New Delhi, India –
His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke to Times Now editor Srinjoy Chowdhury for an exclusive interview on 6 August 2017.
His Holiness spoke about the relevance of ancient Indian wisdom in today’s troubled world and how a long term holistic view can resolve the problems that we face today in the world.
“The ancient wisdom I’m talking about,” His Holiness told him, “is mainly concerned with the emotions and their role in the mind. Then there is also the matter of logic, which allows us to analyse reality. These are relevant in today’s world because so many of our problems are due to our not having a long-term, holistic view.
“In this context violence is unhelpful. In fact I might say that violence goes against our basic human nature, which is to be compassionate.”
Speaking about the ongoing India-China stand off caused by the Doklam issue, His Holiness attributed this stalemate to the hard-liners in Beijing. “They say they want stability, yet the methods they employ give rise to fear. When there’s fear, there’s no trust and where there’s no trust how can you expect to create harmony or stability?”
With regard to His Holiness’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh earlier this year, he acknowledged two key factors—the great affection people there show him and the emotional link he feels for the place where he first entered India after escaping from Lhasa in 1959.
Pressed about China’s and India’s stand-off in Doklam, His Holiness remarked that China and India are both great and ancient nations. They have to live side by side. He noted that there have been Chinese troops on the Indian border since the so-called liberation of Tibet where there were none before. He stated that the only realistic approach is one that achieves mutual benefit. He suggested that easing arrangements for Chinese Buddhists to come to India on pilgrimage could be an appropriate confidence building measure.
Turning to domestic issues His Holiness expressed appreciation of Prime Minister Modi’s being as active as he is. He voiced approval of his having raised India’s profile in the international arena, since India is the world’s most populous democratic nation. When Chowdhury observed that His Holiness has known all the Prime Ministers of independent India, he recalled knowing Nehru well and having sought his advice on several occasions.
Challenged about his successor as Dalai Lama, His Holiness laughed and pointed out that this seemed to be something about which the Chinese government is more concerned than he is. He did, however, concede that he is considering reconvening meetings of Tibet’s spiritual leaders to discuss how to proceed.
When Chowdhury mentioned the oppression that continues to prevail in Tibet, particularly with regard to religion, His Holiness stated unequivocally,
“We are not seeking independence; we’ve made this clear since 1974. It can be to our benefit to remain with the People’s Republic of China, we need modernization. However, at the same time we have our own unique language and heritage—the Nalanda Tradition—that we have kept alive for more than 1000 years and which need to continue to preserve. Many Chinese now recognise that ours is a comprehensive, authentic Buddhist tradition.”
His Holiness added that since the Tibetan Plateau has a role in global climate change equivalent to the North and South Poles, it is also important that Tibetans be able to protect it.
Finally Chowdhury invited His Holiness to comment on prospects for the world in the next 10-20 years.
“Modern education is too one sided at present, it’s too materialistic.” His Holiness replied. “We need to be able to teach people how to cultivate peace of mind. India is the country that has the potential to successfully combine such modern education with understanding drawn from ancient knowledge of the workings of the mind and emotions. It’s a question of raising awareness.”
“So, you’re saying that ancient Indian values can help make the world a better, more peaceful place in the future?” Chowdhury enquired.
“Yes,” His Holiness replied, “one of my commitments now is the revival of ancient Indian wisdom in this country.”
Speaker Ven Khenpo Sonam Tenphel Congratulates Shri Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu, Vice-President elect of India
Dharamsala : Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Ven. Khenpo Sonam Tenphel wrote to Shri Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice-President elect of India to convey his congratulations on behalf of all the Tibetans.
In the letter, he wrote,”Since the occupation of Tibet by the Communist China in 1959, India, not only welcomed us but also offered displaced Tibetans, with every facility to lead a better life, especially education through establishment of Tibetan residential schools based on the principles of Tibetan culture.”
As the 14th Dalai Lama always says, “India and Tibet shares a guru-chela relationship”, for one of Tibet’s indispensable wealth is Buddhism from India. The people of Tibet and India have religious and cultural ties from centuries back and we hope India will continue to support the just cause of Tibet.”
“Your Excellency, to resolve every political isues in this 21st century, negotiation is a crucial and an essential mode to lead a peaceful solution for both the countries. Therefore,to resolve the worsening situations inside Tibet, the resumption of dialogue between the Chinese authorities and the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is of significance and we hope that it would eventuate under your leadership.”
He wished the newly Vice-President elect of India with “blessings, wisdom and compassion to lead India towards more success and prosperity ”
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee and former Union minister, Shri. Shri.Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu, was elected as the 13th Vice President of Inida after winning the election with 516 votes against 244 votes of Opposition nominee, Shri Gopal Krishna.
Shri.Shri.Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu would be sworn-in as the new Vice President of India on 11 August 2017.
– Report filed by Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat –
New Delhi: His Holiness the Dalai Lama attended the third day of the ongoing first Russian and Buddhist scholar dialogue at Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi on 7 August.
The five-day dialogue begins on 5 August 2017 at Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi with two day preliminary dialogue with 11 presenters from both Russian and Buddhist scholars.
Around 50 observers were present at the venue to witness the presentation by the scholars.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in introductory talk said, “Today’s world, we witness bloodshed within human which becomes so common news.
On one side, rich people enjoy the lavish life consuming more than what they need, on other side some people die out of malnutrition. We must think in sense of humanity. His Holiness addressed.
His Holiness said, “20th century is mainly of violence by looking at the events, now we must make 21st century as century of peace. We must negotiate the problem with dialogue. We must start concept of educating our younger with sense of oneness and humanity, keeping aside all differences base on religion, caste, creed, color, etc.”
Recounting three republic of Russia’s country Tuva, Buryat and Kalmykia His Holiness reminded these republic as traditionally Buddhist must do thorough research and do repay in Buddhism field.
Konstantin V. Anokhin, P.K Anokhin Institute of Normal Physiology, Moscow gave introduction of speakers from Russian research schools and traditions in the field of biology, neurophysiology, psychology, linguistic and philosophy to His Holiness.
Konstatin V. Anokhin presented talk on topic “Unity of Mind-Brain: Holistic Approaches from the Russian Neuroscience of Higher Brain functions”. “Non-Disjunctive Approach follows it to Consciousness and Emotion: a Culture –Specific View by Yuri I. Alexandrov from Institute of Psychology.
The Tibet Museum of Department of Information and International Relations showcased exhibition titled “Remembering Ngawang Dorjee” Tibetan emissary to Russia. The exhibition also covers political and cultural relations between Tibet and Russia.
-filed by Correspondent Tenzin Phende-
DHARAMSHALA: President of Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay today congratulated Shri Venkaiah Naidu, the new Vice President-elect of India.
“I on behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration heartily congratulate you for being elected as the new Vice President of India,” President Dr Lobsang Sangay said.
“The vice president of India is also the chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Therefore, your role is significant because the Rajya Sabha is increasingly asserting its authority in law-making particularly in the last three years of Indian politics,” he added.
“As a veteran politician with longstanding experience of public life, I am confident that you will act as an important determinant of India’s democratic functioning to address appropriate checks and balance, and set a benchmark for non-partisan conduct, adding prestige to the constitutional role of Vice President,” he added.
“We wish you the very best in your new role as the vice-president of India and trust that you will use your good offices to sustain India’s long standing support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan people and to aimicably resolve the issue of Tibet through the Middle Way Approach,” he said.
Senior BJP leader and former Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu was on Saturday elected the 15th Vice-President of India. His election comes a day after the BJP became the single-largest party in the Rajya Sabha, over which he will now preside as its ex-officio chairperson.
New Delhi: A photo exhibition chronicling the life of Ngawang Lobsang Dorjee (Agvan Dorjiev in Russian) was showcased at the ongoing ‘Dialogues between Russian and Buddhist Scholars’ at Taj Hotel, New Delhi on August 7 and 8, 2017. The exhibition titled, ‘Remembering Ngawang Lobsang Dorjee’ with rare photographs and textual description highlights the numerous contributions of Ngawang Dorjee in the annals of Tibetan history.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, while attending the conference, graced the photo exhibition on August 7, 2017 and looked attentively through the photo exhibits guided by Mr. Tashi Phuntsok, the Director of Tibet Museum.
The two-day photo exhibition held on the sidelines of ‘Dialogues between Russian and Buddhist Scholars’ was a joint collaboration between The Tibet Museum of the Department of Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration and The Office of Tibet, Moscow, Russisa.
Participants of the conference, consisting of Russian Scientists, Buddhist scholars, Monks and observers viewed the photo exhibits and a Russian observer at the conference after having gone through the exhibition expressed his astonishment at learning that Tibet and Russia shared such unique political and cultural relationship and that he was ignorant of it prior to witnessing the photo exhibition on Ngawang Dorjee.
Ngawang Lobsang Dorjee, also called Agvan Dorjiev (1854–1938), was a Russian-born monk of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, referred by his scholarly title as Tsenyi Khempo. He was one of the seven dialectical instructors or Tsanzhabs to the great 13th Dalai Lama and was pivotal in building communications between Lhasa and the Russian Czar. He is also remembered for building the Buddhist temple of St. Petersburg in 1909 with major financial contribution from the 13th Dalai Lama and also for signing the Tibet-Mongolia Treaty in 1913.
-Report filed by the Tibet Museum-
New Delhi, India – His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to Shri Venkaiah Naidu to congratulate him on his election as the Vice President of India.
In his letter he declared, “I have a deep affection for this country with its rich civilization and longstanding traditions of tolerance, karuna and ahimsa. Despite her huge population and the multiplicity of languages, religions and culture that flourish here, India remains remarkably stable—a model to the world of how religious traditions can live side by side in mutual respect. Wherever I go I take pride in citing India as a living example of unity in diversity. This is because of the value placed here on democracy, the rule of law, freedom of expression and freedom of the media. India must succeed because so many other nations look to her for leadership and inspiration.
“This year marks the 58th year of our life in exile. Thanks to the generosity and hospitality of the Government and people of India, more than 130,000 Tibetans have made India their home. It is natural that we too take pride in the progress India has made in sustaining prosperity and development while holding fast to its democratic principles.”
His Holiness recalled being pleased to have met the Vice President elect briefly in February this year at the National Women’s Parliament 2017 in Vijayawada. He expressed confidence that Shri Venkaiah Naidu’s years of experience in public life will serve him well as he takes up the important constitutional role of Vice President. He concluded by wishing him every success in tackling whatever challenges lie ahead.
Former Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu was elected as the 13th Vice President of India after comfortably defeating Opposition candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi in the Vice-Presidential election on Saturday, 5 August 2017.
MUNDGOD: Honorable Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok of Department of Religion and Culture, CTA attended the enthronement ceremony of 104th Gaden Tri Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche yesterday, 4 August 2017.
The function was held in the early morning around 6:00 am at Gaden Lachi. It began with a recitation of auspicious sutras by the Sharpa Choeje Rinpoche, abbots, ex abbots and monks of the monasteries. Kyabje Tri Rinpoche addressed the gathering and gave a short teaching during the ceremony. The second function was held around 10:00 am at Gaden Tri Thok Khang, the seat of Gaden Tri Rinpoche, DoegulingTibetan Settlement, Mundgod.
The ceremony was attended by Health Kalon, Former Kalon Gyari Dolma, Chief Representative of Bangalore and representatives of the monasteries and organizations.
Today, a long life prayer was offered to Kyabje Gaden Tri Rinpoche by Gelug tradition at Gaden Tri Thok Khang.
The tradition of the Gaden Tripas (the throne holders of the Geluk tradition) began with the great master Tsongkhapa (1357 – 1419). Before passing away, Tsongkhapa passed the leadership of the newly established Geluk tradition to Gyaltsab Je (1364-1432), who then passed it on to Khedrub Je (1385-1438). Since then the precious legacy established by Tsongkhapa has continued till today. Kaybje Jesun Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche was appointed by H.H. the Dalai Lama as the 104th Gaden Tripa on 24 June 2017.
The Gaden Tri Rinpoche is the supreme spiritual head of the Gelug tradition.
– Report filed by Department of religion and Culture –
Dharamsala: According to reliable sources in Tibet, Jampa Choegyal, 30, from Drakyab County, Chamdo in South-Eastern Tibet was arbitrarily detained and interrogated on charges of establishing contacts with his relative in India.
Jampa was accused of communicating with his relative earlier this month. It is reported that Jampa was summoned during a prayer festival, where large numbers of local Tibetans have gathered, in Drakyab Chuwar monastery, in Nhor Township. While in detention it is also reported that he was subjected to beatings.
It is further reported that he was transferred to a facility in Drakyab County. While in custody he was subjected to series of interrogation relating to the nature of his relation with his relative Ngawang Jampa, a Tibetan based in India who in the eyes of the Chinese authorities is a member of the “Dalai Clique.”
The authorities have, reportedly, confiscated his mobile phone and searched information, contact number and photo, to corroborate his communication with Ngawang Jampa, with to no avail.
“It does come as a surprise that the Chinese authorities see a Tibetan in Tibet communicating with his relative in India as a threat to state security and an act of espionage. This attests to larger state of fear and intimidation prevalent across Tibet,” said Kalden Tsomo, Head of EU, UN and Human Rights Desk, DIIR.
-Report filed by EU, UN and Human Rights Desk-
Will the Chinese adage ‘death by a thousand small cuts’ succeed in the case of His Holiness the Dalai Lama?
By Jamphel Shonu*
The most important event in recent times featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama was his commencement speech at the University of California San Diego. As usual, China objected to the event. However, this time the mantle of the protests were carried by a section of Chinese students from the University who cited “diversity” and “inclusion” as the basis for their protests.
As absurd as it may seem to protest the presence of a Nobel laureate and a global icon of peace in a school of learning, these protests – yet again – helped garner more publicity to the event. According to the University, 25,000 commencement tickets available for sale were sold within just two hours. Once again, the law of unintended consequences seems to apply here as it did with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh in April this year. China’s protests only seem to help build the towering stature of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his visits rather than obscuring it, as is China’s intention.
However one thing we should be wary of is the possibility of a sinister twist to these relentless assertions of pressure from the Chinese government. These protests not only employ strategic and tactical measures but also seem wickedly clever as they unfold slowly, steadily and stealthily, unsparing of every event featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is reminiscent of the old Chinese adage ‘death by a thousand small cuts’. Such protracted efforts by the Chinese government do engender the normalization of protests against His Holiness thus making opposition or resentment against these protests much harder needless to mention expression of outrage against it has become stale and rancid.
Moreover, there is another reason why the protests by Chinese students at UCSC represent a new benchmark in deployment of Chinese government tactics. As more and more Chinese students enroll in American and European universities, they bring with them the watchful eyes and the propaganda rhetoric of the Chinese government. These find easy execution through the umpteen numbers of the Chinese Students and Scholars Associations. It is also leading to an increased interference of Chinese propaganda and politics in University campuses across the world thus causing a travesty of academic freedom.
Amid such a scenario, outright opposition, objection or confrontational measures seem like a foolhardy measure. The only solution that could have a lasting impact would be building bridges based on trust, dialogue and reconciliatory methods with these students. These are the basic tents of the principles of the Middle Way Approach. His Holiness’ wise advice tell us ‘differences are inevitable even within families, but these are embraced because ultimately it is what is shared that matters.’
Academia is one unique place that takes pioneering efforts in championing the cause of diversity and inclusion. Such opposition from students who parrot official communist party lines is reminiscent of the underlying intolerance and the knack for intimidation that was seen during the Cultural Revolution era.
Moreover, it is noteworthy that the key theme of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s keynote address at the USCD commencement ceremony was on compassion. It was His Holiness who said ‘the oppressor needs compassion more than the oppressed.’ It is the potential of the innate human self that His Holiness emphasises, not the sins of the past or economics of making money.
I am sure if the protesting Chinese students had the wisdom and the goodwill to listen to His Holiness, an attitudinal shift is inevitable. By not listening to him, they have deprived themselves of a lifetime opportunity to see and hear the wise words of the world’s greatest champion of peace and compassion. But as the saying goes, there is always a next time and that you should be the author of your story, I am hopeful that the Chinese students will tread the right path based on reason and rationale and not premised on false propaganda and become victims of brainwashing. I am also hopeful that such a day will come beckoning us.
The famous Chinese adage ‘death by a thousand small cuts’ may have succeeded for other cases but in the case of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, it never did and will never succeed.
*The article first appeared in the May-June issue of Tibetan Bulletin, the official bimonthly English magazine of Central Tibetan Administration. Jamphel Shonu is the editor of Tibetan Bulletin.
Delhi: Since the departure of the delegation representing the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, spearheaded by Deputy Speaker Ven Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok and parliamentarian Ven Tenpa Yarphel on 30 July 2017 till now, they have met with Indian parliamentarians concurring with the monsoon session and discussed the urgent situation inside Tibet and entreated in garnering more support for the overall cause of Tibet till now.
From 31 July 2017 to 2 August 2017, complying with recess period of the ongoing monsoon parliamentary proceeding, the delegation were able to meet with 18 members of the six political parties of India, which the delegations haven’t had the opportunity to meet before. They illuminated the members on the pandemic urgent situation inside Tibet especially the escalating numbers of self-immolation both inside and outside Tibet since 2009. They also elucidated on the establishment of parliamentarian forums for Tibet in about 30 countries ever since the foundation of All Party Indian Parliamentarian Forum for Tibet in 1970 and the accomplishment of holding six conventions by the World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet so far. They solicited the presence of the parliamentarians on the upcoming conclave of the All Party Parliamentarian Forum for Tibet verbally and in written.
The parliamentarians said that they keep regular tabs on the issues of Tibet due to its significance on India. They also commented on how the Chinese government not only oppresses Tibet but also intimidate India by engaging in altercation with its borders, which makes the understanding and awareness on Tibet and its issues indispensable to them. They remarked that they were more enlightened on the issues of Tibet by the delegation’s visit and assured that they will raise the issues of Tibet in the parliamentary proceedings as well as during meetings among the various political parties of India.
The program to meet the Indian parliamentarians and to hold the meeting with All Party Indian Parliamentarians Forum for Tibet at Delhi by the delegation from 31 July 2017 to 10 August is currently ongoing.
– Report filed by Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat –
CTA President Discourages Self-immolation Protest, Urges Tibetans to Contribute Substantially to the Cause
Dharamshala: The President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay today discouraged self immolation protests and urged Tibetans to pursue more powerful means by honing one’s educational, professional and personal competency to substantially contribute to the Tibetan cause.
“While we understand the intention behind the act of self-immolation, we must remember that the life of every Tibetan is precious and that we must be alive to fight for our cause. In a free country, we have the freedom to embark on all possible methods to contribute substantially to advancing our cause. The life of every six million Tibetan is precious and every life lost is a huge loss for us and for our cause,” said the concerned President.
President Dr Lobsang Sangay was speaking to the press at the prayer service for Passang Dhondup, who succumbed to his burns after self-immolating on Saturday, 29 July 2017.
President further said Kashag is considering not to attend prayer meetings in the future for self immolation protests in exile.
Speaking to the press today, CTA President said, “As a Tibetan and a Buddhist, we are here to offer prayers for the deceased, but the Kashag has consistently and categorically discouraged self-immolation, especially in exile where Tibetans have the complete freedom to pursue any meaningful means that would contribute to the Tibetan cause.
“While we understand the plight of Tibetans inside Tibet and the situation under which they have to resort to such actions, Tibetans in exile have the freedom to participate in protests in any form one chooses to do. We have had other cases of self immolation in exile; parents of the self-immolators have voiced the same concern and have urged the youth to pursue more powerful means such as education.
“We therefore discourage all Tibetans, especially the youth in exile from resorting to such drastic actions and urge them to pursue more powerful means to substantially contribute to the Tibetan cause.” the President said.
Passang Dhondup’s body was cremated this morning following the prayer service at Lhagyalri.
Representatives of Central Tibetan Administration including members of the Kashag and members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile attended the prayer service as a mark of solidarity with Passang Dhondup’s family and friends. The prayer service and the funeral were organized by Norbulingka Institute.
Passang Dhondup, 48, was a wood painter at Norbulingka Institute. Originally from Gyaltse in Shigatse Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Region, Passang arrived in India in 1991 and had worked from 2012 as a wood painter at Norbulingka institute.
Despite the CTA’s repeated appeals to Tibetans not to resort to drastic measures such as self-immolation as a means of protest against Chinese rule, 149 Tibetans inside Tibet and 10 Tibetans in exile have set themselves on fire.
DHARAMSHALA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani, on 1 August to express sadness at the loss of life and devastation of property that has occurred as a result of severe monsoon flooding in parts of Gujarat.
“I understand that everything is being done to rescue those affected and that relief efforts are underway,” he wrote. “I would like to express my deep condolences to you, the families who have lost loved ones and others affected by some of the worst flooding in more than a century,” His Holiness wrote.
“As a mark of my sympathy, I would like to make a donation from the Dalai Lama Trust towards the relief and rescue efforts.”
Severe monsoon flooding has killed at least 213 people and displaced many more in Gujarat, according to media reports. Meteorologists have said the rainfall in Gujarat, close to the heaviest in 112 years, was the result of low-pressure systems developing simultaneously over the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian sea.
DHARAMSHALA: CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay is scheduled to leave for Australia from 05 – 13 August 2017. He will leave for Delhi on 2 August and will be in the city till 4 August for official engagements.
He will fly to Australia on 4 August where he will visit the cities of Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. During the visit, he will give a series of public talks, attend meetings, meet members of the Tibetan community, and give media interviews.
In Sydney on 5 August, President Dr Sangay will attend a luncheon meeting with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and give a talk addressing the political, environmental, cultural and economic challenges facing Tibet in a talk titled ‘Tibet in the 21st Century’ at Sydney Opera House in the evening at 06:00 pm.
On 6 August, President will participate in an interactive session with Chinese nationals on the topic ‘The Future of Tibet in light of the current situation in Tibet’ in the morning and meet the Tibetan community of New South Wales in the afternoon.
From Sydney, President will visit Nowra city on 7 August where he will give a series of media interviews and meet members of Nowra Tibetan community before attending a Tibetan –Chinese friendship dinner at Tang Dynasty restaurant.
From Nowra, he will leave for Canberra on 8 August. President Sangay will give a talk at the national press club, Barton on ‘Tibet and Australia: How can democracies survive a rising China?’
On 9 August, President Dr Sangay will give a talk at Finkle thetare on ‘The question of Tibet in International law, Chinese Constitution and domestic law.’
From Canberra, President will visit Melbourne on 10 August. In Melbourne, he will meet members of the Victoria Tibetan community and attend a dinner hosted by the community. On 11 August, he will give an interview to ABC radio followed by a public talk at Fitzroy town hall.
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.
He will return to Dharamshala on 13 August.
LEH: Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called on His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the final day of his three-day teachings on ‘A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ at Shiwatsel palace in Ladakh yesterday, 30 July 2017.
Arriving at the teaching ground, she addressed the gathering and said: “I am honoured to be here.”
“We the people of Jammu & Kashmir, as well as the people of Ladakh, are happy that you come here and shower your blessings on us. I wish you the best of health so you may continue to visit us. You bring peace wherever you go. I’ve been touched to know of your remarks distinguishing Muslims from terrorists and reaffirming Islam as a religion of peace. If conditions prevailed I would like to invite you to bring your soothing blessings to the people of the Kashmir Valley too—thank you,” she said.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in his response, praised India’s religious harmony and called for developing a deeper sense of oneness of humanity to resolve ongoing tensions in the world.
“Religious harmony has long flourished here in this country. India should set an example by showing the world that religious traditions can live side by side in mutual respect. I do my best to tell people about this wherever I go. That’s all I have to say. I’ve been to Nubra and Zanskar, as well as my time here in Leh and everything has gone very well. I’d like to thank you all.”
His Holiness the Dalai Lama yesterday concluded a three-day teaching on ‘A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of life’ followed by a White Tara Long-Life Empowerment at Shiwatsel palace in Leh, Ladakh.
Over 60,000 devotees attended the teaching organised by Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) from 27 – 30 July.
“Mind has a relation to the brain, but its nature is an experience of knowing—of clarity and awareness,” His Holiness continued. “The fundamental cause of the omniscient wisdom of a Buddha is the mind of clarity and awareness we each have within us. This is revealed as we eliminate the obstacles to knowledge. It is this luminous state of mind, referred to as Buddha-nature, that continues all the way to Buddhahood.
“In our normal waking state, we are diverted by sensory consciousnesses related to our sense organs. When we die, the heart stops and with it the circulation of blood, so the brain dies too. However, there are cases of people who remain in meditative absorption, whose bodies, despite this clinical death, remain fresh. There are neuroscientists investigating this phenomenon. We say the subtle mind is still in the body. The coarse mind has ceased, but the subtle mind remains, not dependent on the body, but still there. It is this subtle mind that goes from one life to the next. It’s the fundamental cause of Buddhahood that we access when we meditate on the emptiness of the mind itself.”
“I’ll stop here for this year,” His Holiness said. “If my health is strong and I come again next year, we’ll continue from here.”
Representative Tashi Phuntsok, Office of Tibet, Brussels, visited Drukpa Pluroy in Brittany, north-east France, at the invitation of Drupon Ngawang, Spiritual Director of the Centre. Drupon Ngawang is also the European Representative of His Eminence Gyalwang Drukpa.
The visit to the Centre is both renewal as well as re-connection with Drupon Ngawang and the Centre. During his earlier posting in Paris, Representative Phuntsok had visited the Centre twice. In 2005 he had visited it to prepare the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to inaugurate the Centre’s Hall. More importantly both of them enjoy close and warm friendship.
It may be recalled that the actual inauguration of the Hall took place in 2008. Along with this Centre, interestingly His Holiness inaugurated the Assembly Halls of Yontenling in Huy, Belgium, Lerabling in Lodev and Dakshang Kague in Normandy in France, during the same visit.
Representative Phuntsok was received at the train station by Drupon Ngawang and President Joel and Treasurer Rene of the Centre. While meeting with the residents of the Centre (many he had met in his earlier visits), Representative Phuntsok recounted immense life-long dedication shown by Drupon for the Centre. He expressed his warmest appreciation for his hard work that had created a reputable Centre of peace and spirituality in the region.
The Centre has also joined in French-wide initiative to promote and advocate for towns with villages in Tibet. Pluroy, the local town of the Centre, has adopted Tsari, a holy and pilgrimage site in south-east Tibet, as its sister village.
With this the Representative has visited most of the Buddhist Centres in Belgium and France more than once. In the last year he has paid respects at Gepheling, Dakpo Rinpoche’s centre and Kagyu Dzong and Lama Gyurmey, in France. Met with Lama Zuepa and Lama Tashi Nyima at Yontenling and its affiliate Centres in Brussels and Antwerp. Close at Brussels he has met with Carlo Luyckx, Director of Kagyu Dzong, several times, as close friend of the office.
The current visit to the Drukpa Centre comes subsequent to his visit to Paris where he had attended the birthday celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Upper House of France, Senate.
– Report filed by Office of Tibet, Brussels –
New Delhi: On Wednesday this week, while addressing the Indian students at Hansraj College, the President of Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay pointed to the ongoing incursion at Dokhlam as a symptom of China’s expansionist foreign policy and fully supported the position of the Indian government in the current standoff.
Emphasizing that China poses as India’s number one challenge, Dr Sangay said a reality students face is that China poses as number one challenge to India, as stated by former defense Minister George Fernandes and recently by former defence Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in the Parliament.
Dr Sangay decried China’s nationalistic design wihich is increasingly becoming apparent; with the South China Sea, East China Sea, Scarborough Island and, increasing border incursions across the MacMohan line and now at Dokhlam. He said the Dokhlam situation is consistent with a troubling pattern of Chinese policy of trying to alter the basic facts on the ground.
“You are going to face a complex world. The current global trend is witnessing ultra-nationalism and extremism on the rise and internationalism and liberalism on the decline,” affirmed Dr. Sangay.
Dr Sangay on Wednesday was conferred with the prestigious “Mahatma Hansraj Gaurav Samman’ by his alma mater Hanrsaj College, University of Delhi. The theme of the honor underpinned his contribution to the Tibetan freedom struggle and in recognition of his accomplishments as an illustrious alumnus of Hansraj College.
Speaking to Republic TV on the sidelines of the Hansraj event on the current Doklham standoff, Dr Sangay recalled the ‘five-finger’ analogy strategized by Mao Zedong.
“In early 1950’s the then Chairman of People’s Republic of China termed Tibet as China’s right hand palm whereas Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh are its five fingers. Therefore, China’s flexing of its military muscle is a manifestation of its decades old strategy to encircle and weaken India,” said Dr Sangay.
Dr Sangay further cautioned India to stay alert on this matter. “I always tell India and the world to take heed of the Tibet narrative. We have been telling India for the last 50 years that what happened to us (Tibet) could happen to you.”
“One has to understand Tibet to understand China. What is happening in Dokhlam now, happened to Tibet in 1959 (referring to the illegal Chinese occupation of Tibet),” affirmed Dr Sangay.
The standoff between the Chinese and Indian armies of the two countries began in mid June this year and has been officially one of the longest between both countries since the 1962 war. According to the Indian media, the Indian defense establishment is opposed to China’s attempts to construct a road on the Doklam plateau on the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction.
The Dokhlam plateau is Bhutanese territory but China, which calls it Donglang, regularly sends People’s Liberation Army patrols to the area to lay claims over it. At the request of Bhutan, India came to Bhutan’s defence.