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Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi Organizes Buddha Jayanti Celebration

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:52
The Central University of Tibetan Studies, Varanasi organized the Buddha Jayanti Celebration 2017 (popularly known as Buddha Purnima) under the auspices of Ministry of Culture, Government of India in New Delhi on May 10, 2017. The function was held at the NDMC Convention Center, Parliament Street, New Delhi, where the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javdekar was the chief guest. The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju, and Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma were the special guests at the celebratory function. The Ambassador of Bhutan, Mr. Namgyal and the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kasur Ngodup Dongchung were also present as guests of the function. The Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Tibetan Studies, Professor Geshe Ngawang Samten presented a lecture on "The Words of Buddha" and said, "The ancient Indian definition of Education is not dissemination of information but transformation of personality". On the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti Celebration 2017, the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, felicitated Professor S.R. Bhatt, an eminent scholar of Buddhism who has made immense contribution to the preservation and promotion of Buddhism.  

Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi Organizes Buddha Jayanti Celebration

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:52
The Central University of Tibetan Studies, Varanasi organized the Buddha Jayanti Celebration 2017 (popularly known as Buddha Purnima) under the auspices of Ministry of Culture, Government of India in New Delhi on May 10, 2017. The function was held at the NDMC Convention Center, Parliament Street, New Delhi, where the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javdekar was the chief guest. The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju, and Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma were the special guests at the celebratory function. The Ambassador of Bhutan, Mr. Namgyal and the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kasur Ngodup Dongchung were also present as guests of the function. The Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Tibetan Studies, Professor Geshe Ngawang Samten presented a lecture on "The Words of Buddha" and said, "The ancient Indian definition of Education is not dissemination of information but transformation of personality". On the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti Celebration 2017, the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, felicitated Professor S.R. Bhatt, an eminent scholar of Buddhism who has made immense contribution to the preservation and promotion of Buddhism.  

US Reps, Dalai Lama Take Aim at China Sore Spot Tibet

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:41
As President Donald Trump appears to be warming to China, a bipartisan group from the U.S. House of Representatives took aim Wednesday at one of Beijing's sore spots: Tibet. Rep. Nancy Pelosi accused China of using economic leverage to crush Tibetan calls for autonomy. During a meeting with Tibetans and the Dalai Lama at his main temple in the Indian hill town of Dharmsala, she urged the community not to give up. ``You will not be silenced,'' said Pelosi, a California Democrat. ``The brutal tactics of the Chinese government to erase race, culture and language of Tibetan people challenges the conscience of the world. We will meet that challenge.'' The visit by Pelosi and seven other U.S. representatives is likely to irritate Beijing, which considers the Dalai Lama to be a dangerous separatist. China says the Himalayan region has been part of the country for more than seven centuries. Many Tibetans insist they were essentially independent for most of that time and have protested what they regard as China's heavy-handed rule. In many cases, China has offered aid packages to foreign governments on the condition they support China's position on issues such as Tibet and Taiwan, the self-governing island that Beijing has pledged to take control of, by force if necessary. Mongolia said in December that it would no longer allow visits by the Dalai Lama after a recent trip by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader led China to suspend talks on a major loan. ``China uses its economic leverage to silence the voices of friends of Tibet,'' Pelosi said. ``But if we don't speak out against repression in Tibet and the rest of China because of China's economic power, we lose all moral authority to talk about human rights anywhere else in the world.'' The Dalai Lama said, meanwhile, that Tibetans do not need weapons in their struggle for autonomy, and again prescribed a path of nonviolence and compassion. While the Dalai Lama has devolved political power to an elected government, he is still widely revered by Tibetans as their most influential leader. The timing of the U.S. congressional visit may also irk Trump, who just weeks ago boasted of enjoying cozy conversations and chocolate cake with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump's Florida resort. During Xi's official visit last month, Beijing also approved a raft of patent applications for Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter.   President Trump's rhetoric on China has warmed considerably since the U.S. presidential campaign, when he repeatedly called the Asian giant a currency manipulator and an economic adversary of the United States. On Tuesday, Pelosi and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a Republican from Wisconsin, posed for photos holding up a Tibetan soccer jersey. And earlier in the week, the group visited Nepal, where the government has been criticized for not allowing Tibetans to protest in front of the Chinese Embassy. Pelosi said the delegation, in talks with Nepalese officials, had raised the issue of ``the wellbeing of the thousands of Tibetans who have been living in Nepal for decades as well as the rights of other minorities,'' according to a statement. 

US Reps, Dalai Lama Take Aim at China Sore Spot Tibet

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 10:41
As President Donald Trump appears to be warming to China, a bipartisan group from the U.S. House of Representatives took aim Wednesday at one of Beijing's sore spots: Tibet. Rep. Nancy Pelosi accused China of using economic leverage to crush Tibetan calls for autonomy. During a meeting with Tibetans and the Dalai Lama at his main temple in the Indian hill town of Dharmsala, she urged the community not to give up. ``You will not be silenced,'' said Pelosi, a California Democrat. ``The brutal tactics of the Chinese government to erase race, culture and language of Tibetan people challenges the conscience of the world. We will meet that challenge.'' The visit by Pelosi and seven other U.S. representatives is likely to irritate Beijing, which considers the Dalai Lama to be a dangerous separatist. China says the Himalayan region has been part of the country for more than seven centuries. Many Tibetans insist they were essentially independent for most of that time and have protested what they regard as China's heavy-handed rule. In many cases, China has offered aid packages to foreign governments on the condition they support China's position on issues such as Tibet and Taiwan, the self-governing island that Beijing has pledged to take control of, by force if necessary. Mongolia said in December that it would no longer allow visits by the Dalai Lama after a recent trip by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader led China to suspend talks on a major loan. ``China uses its economic leverage to silence the voices of friends of Tibet,'' Pelosi said. ``But if we don't speak out against repression in Tibet and the rest of China because of China's economic power, we lose all moral authority to talk about human rights anywhere else in the world.'' The Dalai Lama said, meanwhile, that Tibetans do not need weapons in their struggle for autonomy, and again prescribed a path of nonviolence and compassion. While the Dalai Lama has devolved political power to an elected government, he is still widely revered by Tibetans as their most influential leader. The timing of the U.S. congressional visit may also irk Trump, who just weeks ago boasted of enjoying cozy conversations and chocolate cake with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump's Florida resort. During Xi's official visit last month, Beijing also approved a raft of patent applications for Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter.   President Trump's rhetoric on China has warmed considerably since the U.S. presidential campaign, when he repeatedly called the Asian giant a currency manipulator and an economic adversary of the United States. On Tuesday, Pelosi and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a Republican from Wisconsin, posed for photos holding up a Tibetan soccer jersey. And earlier in the week, the group visited Nepal, where the government has been criticized for not allowing Tibetans to protest in front of the Chinese Embassy. Pelosi said the delegation, in talks with Nepalese officials, had raised the issue of ``the wellbeing of the thousands of Tibetans who have been living in Nepal for decades as well as the rights of other minorities,'' according to a statement. 

U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits Dalai Lama in Dharamsala

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:48
A United States Congressional delegation headed by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi visited Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama at his headquarters in Dharamsala, North India on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The bi-partisan group is scheduled to meet with leaders of the Exile Tibetan Administration and other civic leaders from the Tibetan community. Other Members of Congress joining the bipartisan delegation on the trip are: Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Committee; Energy and Commerce Committee - Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Appropriations Committee, - Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Ways and Means Committee; Small Business Committee - Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Financial Services Committee, - Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Vice Ranking Member, Budget Committee; Judiciary Committee.  

U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits Dalai Lama in Dharamsala

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:48
A United States Congressional delegation headed by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi visited Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama at his headquarters in Dharamsala, North India on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. The bi-partisan group is scheduled to meet with leaders of the Exile Tibetan Administration and other civic leaders from the Tibetan community. Other Members of Congress joining the bipartisan delegation on the trip are: Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Committee; Energy and Commerce Committee - Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Appropriations Committee, - Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Ways and Means Committee; Small Business Committee - Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Financial Services Committee, - Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Vice Ranking Member, Budget Committee; Judiciary Committee.  

Dalai Lama's Widely Acclaimed Book Becomes Available in Tibetan

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:05
Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama's widely acclaimed book, 'Freedom in Exile', an autobiography's translation into Tibetan was released on May 3, 2017. Samdhong Rinpoche, Former Minister (tibetan:kalon tripa) of the Central Tibetan Administration and the chief guest at the book launch said, "His Holiness's two autobiographies, 'My Land and My people' and 'Freedom in Exile' are the two most important books out of the hundreds of books on the Dalai Lama." Tenzin Sherab, a staff at the private office of the Dalai Lama speaks to VOA's Dharamsala reporter on the reasons behind this translation. 'Freedom in Exile', published in the year 1991, was first translated into Tibetan by the New Delhi based Tibet House. Full report below:  

Dalai Lama's Widely Acclaimed Book Becomes Available in Tibetan

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:05
Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama's widely acclaimed book, 'Freedom in Exile', an autobiography's translation into Tibetan was released on May 3, 2017. Samdhong Rinpoche, Former Minister (tibetan:kalon tripa) of the Central Tibetan Administration and the chief guest at the book launch said, "His Holiness's two autobiographies, 'My Land and My people' and 'Freedom in Exile' are the two most important books out of the hundreds of books on the Dalai Lama." Tenzin Sherab, a staff at the private office of the Dalai Lama speaks to VOA's Dharamsala reporter on the reasons behind this translation. 'Freedom in Exile', published in the year 1991, was first translated into Tibetan by the New Delhi based Tibet House. Full report below:  

Tibetan Man Self-Immolates In Amdo Bora

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 06:10
VOA Tibetan has confirmed that a young Tibetan male carried out a self-immolation in Bora, a town in the Tibetan region of Gansu Province yesterday, May 2, 2017. Sources confirming the protest say that the person was taken away within minutes and that even as of tonight, more than 24 hours after the incidence, most people in Bora are unaware that a self-immolation took place. The identity of the man and whether he had stated any reasons for his act is unknown at present.

Tibetan Man Self-Immolates In Amdo Bora

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 06:10
VOA Tibetan has confirmed that a young Tibetan male carried out a self-immolation in Bora, a town in the Tibetan region of Gansu Province yesterday, May 2, 2017. Sources confirming the protest say that the person was taken away within minutes and that even as of tonight, more than 24 hours after the incidence, most people in Bora are unaware that a self-immolation took place. The identity of the man and whether he had stated any reasons for his act is unknown at present.

Tibetan Man Self-Immolates In Amdo Bora On May 2, 2017

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 05:56
A young Tibetan male carried out a self-immolation in Bora, a town in the Tibetan region of Gansu Province yesterday, May 2, 2017. Sources confirming the protest say that the person was taken away within minutes and that even as of tonight, more than 24 hours after the incidence, most people in Bora are unaware that a self-immolation took place. The identity of the man and whether he had stated any reasons for his act is unknown at present.

Political Leader of Exile Tibetan Administration Visits Australia and New Zealand

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:48
Dr. Lobsang Sangay, political head of the Tibetan Administration in Exile, attended the 9th Festival of Tibet in Brisbane, Australia on 28th April, 2017 where he met with the friends of Tibet and local Tibetans. On May 3, 2017, Sangay arrived in the city of Dunedin on the second leg of his New Zealand tour. Mr. Sangay addressed a gathering of Tibetans and students of University of Otago and spoke on “Tibet in 21st Century: Political, Environmental and Cultural Challenges.”

Political Leader of Exile Tibetan Administration Visits Australia and New Zealand

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:48
Dr. Lobsang Sangay, political head of the Tibetan Administration in Exile, attended the 9th Festival of Tibet in Brisbane, Australia on 28th April, 2017 where he met with the friends of Tibet and local Tibetans. On May 3, 2017, Sangay arrived in the city of Dunedin on the second leg of his New Zealand tour. Mr. Sangay addressed a gathering of Tibetans and students of University of Otago and spoke on “Tibet in 21st Century: Political, Environmental and Cultural Challenges.”

Tibetan Man Released after Eight Years in Poor Health

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 09:01
​ Listen to Tsering Kyi's report on Jampal, a Tibetan man from Amdo Machu who was swept up along with thousands of others in the sweeping arrests that took place following the 2008 protests across Tibet. Jampal was recently released on May 1, 8 years into a 13 year sentence that he had received. The reasons for his early release is not clear but many speculations point to his poor physical condition.  

Tibetan Man Released after Eight Years in Poor Health

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 09:01
Listen to Tsering Kyi's report on Jampal, a Tibetan man from Amdo Machu who was swept up along with thousands of others in the sweeping arrests that took place following the 2008 protests across Tibet. Jampal was recently released on May 1, 8 years into a 13 year sentence that he had received. The reasons for his early release is not clear but many speculations point to his poor physical condition.  

California Based Tibetan Starts 'Tibetan Kids Book Project'

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:53
With the increasing number of Tibetans settling in the west, Tibetan children are facing numerous challenges in learning their mother tongue in a foreign land and environment. This rings especially true for those who were born and brought up in the west, compared to the ones who have immigrated from Tibet and Tibetan refugee settlements in India and Nepal. Seeing this challenge, California based Tibetan Dhundup Tsering started the 'Tibetan Kids Book Project' that aims to teach Tibetan language to young Tibetans through easy to understand language and pictures. Tsering has published 5 kids books, Tibetan alphabet flash cards, and Tibetan Blackboard which are all available for sale on Amazon.com and in his own website: http://www.tibetanbabybooks.com/ On this week’s Table Talk, reporter Rinzin discusses the project and its benefit for the Tibetan kids living in the west.

California Based Tibetan Starts 'Tibetan Kids Book Project'

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:53
With the increasing number of Tibetans settling in the west, Tibetan children are facing numerous challenges in learning their mother tongue in a foreign land and environment. This rings especially true for those who were born and brought up in the west, compared to the ones who have immigrated from Tibet and Tibetan refugee settlements in India and Nepal. Seeing this challenge, California based Tibetan Dhundup Tsering started the 'Tibetan Kids Book Project' that aims to teach Tibetan language to young Tibetans through easy to understand language and pictures. Tsering has published 5 kids books, Tibetan alphabet flash cards, and Tibetan Blackboard which are all available for sale on Amazon.com and in his own website: http://www.tibetanbabybooks.com/ On this week’s Table Talk, reporter Rinzin discusses the project and its benefit for the Tibetan kids living in the west.

Professor ML Sondhi Memorial Trust Honors Dalai Lama With 2016 International Politics Award

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 15:31
Professor ML Sondhi Memorial Trust honored Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama with the Professor M L Sondhi Prize for International Politics 2016 at a function held at India International Center, New Delhi, India in the evening of April 27, 2017. Former Cabinet Minister of the Government of India, Dr. Arun Shourie was the chief guest at the event.  The Professor ML Sondhi Prize for International Politics was instituted by the ML Sondhi Memorial Trust and the ML Sondhi Institute of Asia-Pacific Affairs in 2006. The prize is given annually for an outstanding contribution, relevant to India, to the theory or practice of international politics. The Dalai Lama becomes the seventh recipient of the award.

Tibetan Doctor Rearrested in Kanlho County

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 19:35
According to information circulating the net, a Tibetan doctor who is the director of Maru monastery hospital in Kanlho County in Qinghia province in China was rearrested on February 27, 2017. Khedrup, 47 was first arrested last year for writing articles defending freedom of religion and ethnic minority rights. The Tibetan doctor was also accused of spreading audios of Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama’s public talk within the community.  The local authorities have yet to provide a reason for his second time arrest. 

Tibetan Journalist Releases Documentary on his Father’s Escape from Tibet

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:40
A Tibetan Canadian multimedia journalist produced a documentary that was aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Coorporation Radio on April 18, 2017.  The documentary titled, ‘The night my father escaped Tibet’ was produced by Rignam Wangkhang on his father’s escape from Tibet, which was well received by listeners across Canada.  The project was based on the half-finished biography that his father left behind after his demise a few years back. It chronicled the challenges faced by his father Tsering Dorjee Wangkhang during his escape from Tibet in 1958 at the age of 13 with his family members. “My family has suffered so much. Tibetans inside Tibet and around the world have suffered even more. But this documentary is not a story of sadness, it is a story of resilience-because we have survived, endured, and thrived," Rignam tells VOA. 

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