Year on year, attendance at the annual Tibetan Democracy Day celebrations has been dwindling. Jangchup Wangmo questions if Tibetans have stopped caring about their independence, or if there are underlying reasons for the disappointing turnouts.

Celebrated in Dharamsala, the heart of the Tibetan exiled community, Tibetan Democracy day or ‘mangtso duechen’ is supposed to be a grand event. In the past, Tibetans have used this opportunity to declare to the world that its decentralization of power and creation of a supposedly democratic people was a conscious choice, without violence or conflict. But this year’s celebration makes it quite clear the Tibetan people no longer have faith in the Tibetan leadership (CTA; Central Tibetan Administration). The courtyard of the Tsuglakhang temple complex, instead of being packed full of Tibetans celebrating their leadership, was mostly deserted with only less than 200 attendees. And most of them were the elderly or school children, who likely only attended since they were made to by their guardians. This ridiculously low turnout speaks volumes about how the Tibetans reject their own leadership.

The courtyard of the Tsuglakhang temple complex, where Tibetan Democracy day was celebrated. Waning support for the Tibetan leadership led to an embarrassingly low turnout.

  1. Tibetans did not attend their own leadership’s celebration because they realize that their leadership is corrupt, inadequate and selfish. From allegations of murder, violence, and financial mismanagement, the CTA is plagued by despicable revelation after revelation, unmasking their façade of a benevolent leadership. In fact out of the 130,000 Tibetans in exile, only 60,000 voted in the 2016 general elections. That is less than half the population. This decline in support therefore is not sudden, but a long time coming.
  2. The CTA use their people’s suffering to line their own pockets. They use the tragic cases of self-immolations to pander for funding from all over the world. The CTA take no firm measures to stop the practice. And the fact remains, the Tibetan people are getting so desperate for a solution that cases of such loss of life are on the increase. While the CTA continue to ‘venerate’ the poor souls, Tibetans themselves are sick and tired of the leadership making them into martyrs. They do nothing but glorify the dead for their own ends.
  3. While the CTA continue to get rich off the plight of the Tibetans, their people languish in the day-to-day fight to survive. Members of the Kashag and even Sikyong Lobsang Sangay himself have numerous cars or properties all over the world. Ordinary Tibetans on the other hand struggle selling sweaters from Ludhiana on the streets with no hopes of a better future, despite the promise of a beneficial leadership.
  4. The CTA dress up a political system that continues a backward theocracy as a democratic system. The CTA uses illegal means to solidify their own standing, such as gaining foreign nationality, but at the same time takes measures to prevent their own people from doing the same according to Indian or international law and being free of their refugee status.
  5. The CTA promote a community based on division and segregation rather than a unified Tibetan people. They use religion to divide and conquer. The CTA recognizes a Panchen Lama different to the one accepted in Tibet, they suppress the practice of Dorje Shugden, and they even stay quiet over forced religious conversion.
  6. The CTA cannot even decide which overall path to follow in regards to their own country. His Holiness the Dalai Lama advocates the middle-way approach (umaylam) in the hopes of realistically regaining some form of control over Tibet by the Tibetans. However, whole sections of the Tibetan parliament hold conferences to progress the full independence (rangzen) agenda in direct defiance of their own government’s policy.

The signs and their causes are clear to see. The CTA is dying a slow and painful death. Not only is the world turning their backs on the CTA, even their own people reject them now. The turn out to the celebration was shameful and foreign dignitaries who attended caught a first-hand glimpse of just how low an opinion the Tibetan people have towards their own leadership these days. Tibetans are not happy and this is publically embarrassing for the CTA. The Tibetans are tired of the CTA. They are tired of policies that divide people, destroy unity, are fraught with double standards and do nothing for the Tibetan people. The CTA is losing control and it will not be long before they are completely obsolete.

Left: Sikyong Lobsang Sangay hoisting the Tibetan flag in 2011. Right: Kalon for Department of Religion and Culture, Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok, hoisting the flag in 2017. There was a marked lack of attendance during the event. Even Sikyong Lobsang Sangay was off gallivanting in another country, he did not even make the effort to attend such an important event which he would normally officiate.


Official commemoration of 57th Tibetan Democracy
day marred by low public turnout

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  1. Camillia

    September 5, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Good to see Tibetans in exile begun to take baby steps towards making their dissatisfaction known to their leadership. More drastic and keen actions should be taken by the people to demand for better welfare and basic human rights, in a peaceful manner. Withdrawing support to the leadership is a good way. Creating international awareness of the poor conditions due to the lack of leadership is another way. It is important to bring this awareness to the world because some western or rich donor still generously give but the fund ended up in the CTA’s personal pocket.

  2. SabrinaS

    September 5, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Glad to learn that finally Tibetans In Exile are showing their disapproval of the present governing body CTA by their non-attendance of Tibetan Democracy day or ‘mangtso duechen’. I don’t think that people should approve of a Government that could so blatantly live off the pains and sufferings of their citizens. Keeping their citizens in “refugee” status, playing up the self-immolation victims or pawning the Dalai Lama off to gain sympathy but basically to stretch out their capabilities of getting more gullible sponsors to donate. The “poor me” syndrome that CTA adopts are no longer attractive to their past supporters and sponsorship amount had been cut down drastically. After all, CTA’s arch enemy….China is surpassing in trade and political clout internationally. Who dares to insult by being friendly with CTA or the Dalai Lama when it means loss of millions/billions of trade agreements??

    Seeing the change of winds in the political scene had probably worried the Tibetans in exile, especially those who are still in “refugee’ or “stateless” status. What will their future be when CTA keeps preventing them from progressing? In sharp contrast, members of CTA, including Sikyong Lobsang Sangay lives in luxury and should CTA fall apart, need not worry where their next meal will be or meals for years to come as well. Their families are all well taken care off using funds meant for the welfare of their citizens. This would be the main reason why they oppose the Dalai Lama’s middle way approach towards return to Tibet. The middle way would have meant dissolution of CTA and all the easy monies from sponsors. Buddha Shakyamuni had lead the way to beg as practice of lessening our ego but CTA as professional beggars pride themselves in the different ways they are able to beg…… Time for the people to think deeper to make the right move and choice in a more caring Government body.

  3. Dondrup Shugden

    September 7, 2017 at 3:00 am

    Thank you, Ashok Rao for for clearly pointing out how the Tibetan in exile had been taken advantage of by inept governance.

    The Tibetans remain stateless and for now unaccepted by many countries to be being neutralised. It is truly a sad state of affairs.

    With the stale story of being victim of China and the cause which CTA stands for being less and less creditable, CTA is not only diminishing the status of its people but also that of the Dalai Lama. It is saddening to see that the world’s most respected Monk not being given due accord.

    In a bitter sweet manner, it is good that Tibetans boycotted the celebration of Tibetan Democracy Day (mangtso duechen). Is the sikyong, Lobsang Sangya also doing same. Is he also of the opinion that whatever he means to the Tibetans is no longer of importance.

    It is good that the Tibetans demonstrate their disappointment in CTA in such a peaceful manner.

  4. Anonymous

    September 7, 2017 at 3:15 am

    It is time Tibetans establish a domicile of their own be it India, China or other countries. It is obviously apparent CTA is not going to lead the way nor look after them as CTA is self serving. It is a matter of time where no one or nation will entertain their selfish ways. Neither Tibetans will support CTA due to obvious reasons.

    Bye bye CTA, your time is running out.

  5. Doreen Park

    September 9, 2017 at 9:21 am

    The poor turnout of Tibetan people for the celebration of Tibetan Democracy Day is a clear sign to the world that the Tibetan people no longer have faith in their Leadership, who have played them out again and again. Attendees number less than 200 and were mostly the elderly and young children. The Tibetan people are now realising that the corrupt and selfish Tibetan Leadership have never really been interested in the Tibetan cause and in their future.

    Instead of using all the money in donations from foreign sponsors all these years for promoting the Tibetan cause and for the welfare and improvement of the economic level of the Tibetans in exile, the Leadership has been lining their pockets and securing their own futures, with foreign citizenships! On top of that , the poor Tibetans in exile have not secured citizenship of their host country India, being thwarted from this by the Tibetan leadership themselves for their own selfish reasons. They remain stateless and this will be to their detriment, when India decides to take back the land given to these Tibetan on humane grounds, when they first landed there as refugees.How can the Tibetan Leadership allow these poor Tibetans to remain as refugees?

    The worst cut of all, is that of silently encouraging the self-immolations for the cause of Tibetan’s independence, while doing nothing to negotiate for this to happen and also not telling the Tibetans that Tibet is now an unalienable part of China, as recognized by most major foreign powers. On top of it, they are leveraging on the sympathy of potential donors for these self-immolations, and collecting donations from them for their own self-serving ends.

    So Tibetan who are still stateless must now take firm steps to secure their citizenship to legitimise their continued stay in their host country, India. Other countries are turning them away because they no longer recognise them as Tibetans as Tibet is not recognised as an independent entity. Since foreign nations have mostly officially pronounced Tibet as part of China, they no longer recognise Tibet as an independent nation.

    Hence, Tibetans in exile in India should become Indian citizens, if they wish to continue staying there (permanently), as they had been doing for the past 60 years.

  6. Elibuchen

    September 10, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Lessons are usually hard, and not easy to accept. Yet this feels like an Arab Spring all over, the people of Tibet in exile are no longer sheep to be fooled and misled by the CTA.

    I echo the words said by Dondrup Shugden it is high time the Tibetans look for a better state and existence, stay in India or head back to China. China seems like a much better option, many Tibetan in China have benefitted from China’s economic policies and business opportunities not everything is doom and gloom.

    I also do not hear that the Americans are giving budget to CTA, with all the Hurricanes hitting stateside. What next for CTA?

  7. christine victor

    September 10, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Surprise ! Surprise! All the while I only read how obedient that the Tibetan was when come to obey their leadership. This news of purposely boycott their leaders was a surprise to me.

    Seem the Tibetans are really disappointed with their leader who are trying to destroy their culture more than China. Why did I say so, by having Dorje Shugden’s ban, the CTA not only divide and rule, they are actually destroying the Buddhism, corrupt the lineages which is in the culture of Tibetan . Not only that, the CTA wanted their people to stay as refugees status so that their pockets could be full all the time.

    I hope CTA will stop being so cruel to their own people.

  8. Alexander Rein

    September 12, 2017 at 6:53 am

    CTA took 60 years to do everything for themselves, the citizen took 6 years to abandon their leader who does not support them at all.

    Honestly, if I have money, I would leave this leadership long ago, if Im capable, I would also have abandon this leadership, even if Im not able to do much, I would also turn my back around CTA, why? How can a support system be one sided? How can we only spent our whole life sacrificing ourselves just to feed their greed and desire? Tibetans trusted their leaders 100%, some even 120%, but look at what has CTA done? Beside using their sacrificing to cheat more money, they even took the citizen’s life to get more and more and more and more money, their mind has nothing else but only money and money. For a country leader, instead of giving to their citizen, they took everything from them, their money, their possession, their lives, etc… They will never stop taking until the citizen wake up and stop giving.

    Hoping CTA to stop all these act is already a fantasy, it will never happened, because all these years, their greed has grown so much that they can no longer stop it already, so the only way to stop all these now is for the CTA to step down totally or they become just obsolete.

  9. karma Lodro

    September 12, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    We Karma Kagyu school of Buddhism never criticize Dorje Shugden. There are two Karmapa candidate and both do not criticize Dorje Shugden. The previous Karmapa 16th also never criticize Dorje Shugden. Karma Kagyu and Gelug can have harmony between each other. Spirituality is about harmony.

  10. Karma Lodro

    September 12, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Freedom to all and all deities should be allowed to practice. Freedom of religion is a necessity for harmony in society!

  11. Jing Jing

    September 13, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Through how Tibetan were being brought up in a Buddhist culture, they have this faithful and joyful personality. To matter how hard the life was when they were escaped from Tibet, and those left behind and stayed, they continue to trust their leadership although they have nothing. Also because they have nothing, they were united, happy and having strong faith in their spiritual HHDL.

    Although Tibetan was poor, but everybody was harmony until the Dorje Shugden ban started 20 years ago. The ban broke the bond among all Tibetans. Many chose to believe CTA about the ban not that they understand why there’s a ban but their trust and faithfulness to follow what their leadership said. Tibetan sacrifice so much and putting so much hope on their leadership.

    Now, Tibetan realised how unreliable the CTA is. How much support given to CTA but nothing happen. They also found out that they have been cheated and used for the CTA benefits. Tibetan will have to stay poor in order to get sympathy from western country to get money.

    Tibetan should wake up by now and fight for their own right.

  12. Bambi

    September 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    I wonder why Lobsang Sangay did not attend the event. Supposedly such a good day to celebrate but he is not even there. And the best part is that he is not even in the country. The head of the supposedly government does not even encourage nor motivate his own people. Whatever it is, he could have planned his outing after or before the event.

    The other question is, what happened to the younger generation of Tibetans who did not turn up for the event? Well, thank goodness for the internet. Perhaps, they are catching up and learning about what their government is doing. After many years of empty promises, of course people will get impatient. And there are so many things happening and talks about CTA keeping the ‘donations’ for themselves.
    Why don’t they request for a change for the whole governing system? A new change, new faces, new ‘promises’ and new hopes. The current people in CTA are definitely not doing much for their own people. I believe some of the reasons why CTA people are always out of the country, is to perhaps secure more ‘donations’, make better connections for themselves to leave, definitely not to help Free Tibet.

  13. Belinda Mae

    September 13, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    This Tibetan Democracy Day celebration is a very good example to show to the CTA that the Tibetans are giving up hope on them because they have not done much for the welfare of the Tibetans. The CTA can also do nothing to stop the self-immolations from recurring. Why in the world would the Tibetans still want such lousy and useless self-claimed government? Better if they make their own decisions on what they want to do with their lives and future rather than being the puppet to CTA.

  14. samayakeeper

    September 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    What democracy? Tibetans living in exile in Dharamsala know they have been hoodwinked into believing so but out of fear for their own safety have remained silent over the years. Just look at how badly and unfairly those Tibetans were badly treated when they refused to stop Dorje Shugden practice. But not anymore, thanks to more educated Tibetan children and adults speaking out. These people are disgusted with the CTA and the result was this dismal turnout for the Tibetan Democracy day.

    Next action: vote out all the lazy, useless, corrupted ministers in the CTA who are milking so much money given from kind benefactors that were meant for the betterment of the Tibetan people.

  15. vajra-NMD

    September 13, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    2017, The Tibetans are getting smarter, and not trusted their ” Bad Government = CTA ” who’s kept cheating them. And even Tibetan people’s are not attend their own leadership’s celebration.

    What’s Lobsang Sangay ( CTA ) wanted to do in future? Keep cheating theirs own peoples? Continue their corruption? Still keep the ban of Dorje Shugden practice?

  16. Tenzin K

    September 13, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    It’s also surprise that Sikyong Lobsang Sangay not attedning this important event. In such event aren’t Lobsang Sangay which is the President of the Central Tibetan Administration should motivate their people? It’s a democracy day where CTA should take this opportunity to encourage their people through this difficult time?

    The poor turnout during this Tibetan Democracy day really speaks a lot. Seems like Tibetan already realised that what is not right and giving sign to the Tibetan leadership. There is no way CTA can always take advantage of their people especially the educated one because the reality of what their people experienced is the fact. How long more the Tibetan in exile have to live in such condition? Why discrimination of difference belief being the reason for Tibetan leadership failure to keep their promises to the Tibetan? Why CTA not addressing the real issue and work it out to protect their people?

    At one hand it’s sad to see this situation but at the other hand it’s a wake up call to CTA to stop using their people, stop discriminating their people and start truthfully to take care of their people but after 60 years I’m not sure if this could really make any different to CTA.

  17. Brian Little

    September 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Maybe the Tibetans in Exile no longer see it a point of attending this Democracy Day as it brings no point for one to attend. Simply because there are basically no democracy in existence in Tibetan Exile world anymore. Just look how they treat people who deemed to be going against them? Dorje Shugden saga is one good example. What surprises me the most is that even Lobsang Sangay did not bother to turn up for this important event that he is supposed to be “selling” to the financial backers and sponsoring countries. If he himself didn’t bother to turn up and by the way I googled and found out that the crowd wasn’t really encouraging too previous times. Is this the end of CTA or this is just one clear sign indicating CTA’s time is up or at least Lobsang Sangays time is up.

  18. Geraldine Sarie

    September 13, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    This is obviously tells the failing of leadership. Too much evidence of CTA act of ignorance and taking much granted from Tibetan people even on sacrificing their lives. The cause of CTA craze power maniac, shuts down humanity, mankind and freedom of the whole Tibetan. Moreover, the exploring of new revolution that people is educated, understand and RESPECT code of conduct especially in their spiritual path. It’s too bad CTA is neither in this. If not, there won’t be “Tibetan in exile”.

  19. Richard LakTam

    September 13, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    At last! Tibetans in Dharamsala finally wake up! Democracy? What Democracy is CTA practicing by banning Dorje Shugden without logic and reasons, by segregating Lukar Jam because of saying his friend should live 103 years, by supporting self immolation just because want to use it as a sympathy card to get money from the west??? What democracy are they practicing that the Sikyong and other Parliament member can get property and PR in other countries, while the people are suffering as a refugees here? What democracy are they practicing that’s no human rights, no religious freedom, no freedom of speech??? HUH?? So, what democracy day to celebrate when there’s no democracy at all???
    The funniest part is, LOBSANG SANGAY! The SIKYONG!! Didn’t even bother to be there supporting the important day! LOL! Busy finding money from the other country??? Whatever it is, I think Lobsang Sangay, being born in a Buddhist “country” clearly know what Karma is. (Maybe he doesn’t know or doesn’t bother at all) So, is this the KARMA of CTA? Good bye soon CTA.

  20. Tianni

    September 13, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    You can’t fool your people all the way. After 60 years leading the Tibetan people in Exile, what does the results brought by Tibetan Leadership? Tibetan people in Exile still suffer. More and more Tibetan people in Exile realised that the only way for their next generation to have a better living is to apply for western or Indian citizenship. Currently, it becomes more difficult for them because more and more countries rejected them. Many countries already accepted Tibet is part of China and Tibetan people in exile should be going back to their own country. Due to this, the CTA can’t influence the world anymore and is going to be powerless and more difficult to survive, with this hope that CTA can understand the current situation and do something to help their own peoples.

  21. snowlion

    September 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    VERY GOOD PIECE by Ashok. Yes… so what happened to Mr. President? Where on this planet do you ever see a PRESIDENT of a nation NOT AROUND during their own Democratic event, plus it is an event called “Tibetan Democracy day” that shows the world that its decentralization of power and creation of a supposedly democratic. So what on earth happened to the President of democracy?

    He apparently decided to ditch his own people and for what? Perhaps in search of $$$$ to make him and his ministers wealthy and safe when they cannot exploit the Dalai Lama’s name anymore in the very near future. CTA’s days are numbered and they are living in fear each day as their time is running short, without the Dalai Lama, who on earth knows Tibet and who is this Lobsang dude? What is so great about him? How has he impacted the world? Zero.

  22. Tenzin Sangye

    September 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Year of hoping and dreaming for Tibetan through CTA to independent finally they has realise. It took generation and painful experience to see through how CTA use tibetan sympethy to raise money for west. The corrupted exile government raise the money and not their tibet refugee. This is total unaceppteble and surpress their tibetan human right, religion practice. It time CTA have to pray their price by cheating and lying to their own people over 60 year.

  23. Vajra10

    September 13, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    CTA could easily “treat” their people selectively by only focusing on inviting only 1000 people to attend the celebration to ensure the event is crowded.. But why with this result? Does the CTA stopped to care about it or another way round that the Tibetans are really rejecting the CTA?

    I think this is a good start for all Tibetans to gain real freedom and escape from the CTA

  24. Pema

    September 13, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Again the CTA obviously has not much to do with democracy as the Tibetans don’t feel compelled to celebrate it. The image that the CTA wants to show to the world, especially the West, has not much to do with reality.

    This leadership of fear and suppression against everyone, who does not follow the CTA, does stand alone and the Tibetans don’t respect them as it seems. Why not organise new elections as the current leadership has no support from their people?

  25. We Love Tibet

    September 14, 2017 at 6:27 am

    We love Tibet and we want her free. But the Tibetan government in exile is segregating our people due to religion. Here in Germany today September 13, 2017 Tibetans are protesting against the Dalai Lama. Quite a few videos here:

  26. sunita

    September 15, 2017 at 2:08 am

    It will be interesting to see what the next election would be like ??
    There’s so much more information out there for people to read and learn. Also with the technology of today, one can gauge and compare what they are going through compared to their neighbours.
    Also when the CTA keeps bad mouthing China and also creating controversies with other groups, Tibetans can gauge the real actual situation through their digital platforms. They are not so naive anymore to just listen and believe entirely the talks of political leaders. This applies to all nations throughout the world.
    People can read up, watch videos, experience it themselves, compare and deduce if a government or leader is really there for its people !!

  27. Badrapa

    September 15, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Check out this video as it contains the Dalai Lama’s own words issuing the ban.

    Here is a clear video of His Holiness the Dalai Lama asking the monasteries to expel monks that practice Dorje Shugden. Click here to watch:

  28. Chokyi USA

    September 23, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Hello everyone, specially to our CTA Taxi union president Lobsang Sangay and his beneficiary Kashag members and followers,
    I am Chokyi I worked in Exile government 15 years. When Lobsang Sangay came to Dharamsala leadership I researched 2 years through what I have seen and what I listened from him personally. Lobsang have no personal skill and capability to solve the issues of Tibetans in India. He have only a paper degree from Harvard that’s called R….R….R, which means big talk in Tibetan. I feel so much pity on those uneducated Tibetans who set themselves on fire and burned their bodies. Each self-immolation brought a huge benefit to CTA financially. After every self-immolation Lobsang Sangay and his Kashag members have tour programs under the name of Tibetan political issues to introduce to western countries. Mostly, they travel first/business class. But, once they reached destination Lobsang Sangay asked donations to CTA. This is Sangay’s no 1 capability to ask donors in the name of self- immolation. So, I have known much better what Sangay real doing. That’s why I resigned from my post and living independently in US now. Here I humble request to all ordinary Tibetan people in exile. Plz go to apply for western or Indian citizenship as soon as possible. This is only way how you and your children survive a better life. Don’t listen CTA leaders big talks. Becos, when you don’t have money to pay your children’s school fees. CTA can’t help you. When your father got serious sickness CTA can’t help you. When your mother died CTA can’t help you. But, CTA will use you for donations in name of seeking help for Tibetans. That donations they will corrupt at the end. Therefore, do something for yourself. Don’t let others use you. This is real experience that I got from CTA in 15 years working from down to earth. Don’t waste your life in CTA’s misuses.

  29. Sofia

    September 24, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Even the leader Lobsang Sangay did not attend the Tibetan Democracy Day celebration! What does it indicate? That there is no hope for Tibetan’s democracy? What the CTA has been doing for the past 60 years did not really do any good to the general Tibetan people, only the rich become richer and people who is sitting is their so-called government benefitted. They enjoyed the privilege of receiving education overseas, living a comfortable and wealthy life in US or Europe, travelling with proper documents issued by the America or Europe while the general Tibetans are denied to obtain the citizenship offered by Indian government. What kind of welfare are CTA giving to Tibetan people? No wonder so little people are attending the celebration.

    The longer CTA is leading the Tibetan, the more people see how weak and useless they are. They are only capable of using a Buddha deity to create disharmony among the Tibetans, to distract them from seeing how incapable CTA is, so that the leadership can continue to benefit from the sufferings of the Tibetan people.

    Time to wake up! What has CTA done for the Tibetans, the commoners? Time to fight for your right to get a proper document. CTA only uses the Tibetans for their personal gain.

  30. Anonymous

    September 25, 2017 at 5:19 am

  31. Chokey, Mundgod

    September 25, 2017 at 5:38 am

    ​Who wants to celebrate mangtso duechen with CTA and Sikyong Lobsang Sangay 🤣🤣 ?? As we can see NOBODY!!

    What a deception! All they do is putting money into their own pockets and the Tibetans can suffer – noone cares about the Refugees from Tibet! It is only about money!
    Why support such a so-called government? The Dalai Lama has to put up with them yet they do not follow Dalai Lama’s wishes for the Middle Way for Tibet!

  32. Rabten

    September 25, 2017 at 10:35 am

    why cta no unite all people to fight for middle way? already so much problem still want to press down dorje shugden people!! tibetan will lose if not united.😠😠

  33. Ryan Tashi

    September 25, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Why would people bother to attend? Tibetan community in exile is no longer democratic or has never been democratic. CTA is so corrupt and did nothing for Tibetans, don’t even mention about regaining Tibet. So Tibetans will believe in CTA.

  34. Tenpa

    September 25, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Majority of Tibetan will not take part on this Tibetan Democracy day. They already realised that CTA will only give empty promises. CTA imposed sagregation with Dorje Shugden ban. This way division how to unite Tibetan and make them strong? You don’t kill your own army to go for battle…. You gather your army to make a great batalion to fight for your right! What CTA doing now is killing their people and their dream.

  35. Amber Sonam

    September 25, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Tibetans rejecting the Tibetan Leadership are a direct reflection of how much respect they have for their leadership. It is too difficult to respect a leadership like the CTA because they have not served the Tibetan people since the 5th Dalai Lama time. So it makes logical sense that the Tibetans still look upon His Holiness the Dalai Lama and do not regard the kashag equivalent, which is impossible anyway, in terms of wisdom, compassion and care in others.

    CTA continues to fail even after more than 3 centuries and this shows how Tibetans in power behave. Sad but true.

  36. jamyang

    September 25, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    fake leader fake democracy.. why support cta leader?? 😠
    real democracy is freedom to speak. not ban😠

  37. tenzin

    September 25, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    money and power game 💰💰 No real democracy. if you dont listen you are anti Dalai Lama.

  38. Ryan Tashi

    September 26, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Honest question: who would want to come and support a governing body that is corrupt and not doing what they are set up to do?

    Honest answer: that is why nobody want to come and support democratic day when CTA IS NOT DEMOCRATIC.

  39. Padma Dondrup

    September 26, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    It is almost 60 years already, we see no independence of Tibet. Not even an autonomy status. CTA cannot even hold talks with China. Pathetic! What kind of government or Administration is CTA whose interest is merely enforcing the ban on Dorje Shugden for its own selfish needs?

    Tibetan Dorje Shugden followers had suffered enough! There is no welfare, no progress, no freedom, no human rights nor democracy! CTA must be dissolved and a new government formed. Tibetans need a government for the people who work for Tibetans interests.

  40. The Patriot

    September 28, 2017 at 7:28 am

    The corrupt ministers in the CTA must go. Kick them out of office before they milk more Tibetans of money meant for their welfare.

  41. Ryan Tashi

    September 28, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Imagine where did all those money went. What did they do with the money? CTA is very good at concealing their faults and make others as scapegoats for their failure to reclaim Tibet. If only these countries supporting CTA with money finds out.😂

  42. J.Ushri

    September 29, 2017 at 10:32 am

    The fact that CTA is openly discriminating Dorje Shugden practitioners is anything but democratic. Kinda meaningless to celebrate Tibetan Democracy day or ‘mangtso duechen’ when Tibetans who practise Dorje Shugden can’t even exercise their freedom of religion. No wonder even Tibetans are boycotting that meaningless celebration. Just look at the poor show.

  43. Yonden

    September 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    The more I see CTA these days the more I can understand why Tibetans don’t support CTA anymore. This CTA is no longer needed because they dont do anything for the Tibetans!

  44. Kunsang from Switzerland

    September 30, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Very sad the only REAL leader the Tibetans produced in the last 60 years is Dalai Lama. Dalai Lama is 82 and how many more years can he ‘lead’ his people in exile and never getting his country back?

    Dalai Lama’s policy for Tibet in making friends with western powers and criticizing China is not working out. How do we know? It has been 60 years since Tibetans have been refugees and they still remain ‘refugees’ depending on handouts and free aid and free money. Pathetic.

    Losang Sangye is a big degree holder and his degree is not worth the paper it’s printed on.. He can do nothing and has done nothing except become ‘close’ friend with Sharling Dhardon. Their ‘closeness’ is the talk of all Dharamsala.

    Losang Sangye and any ‘leader’ will not have real power but simply the puppets of the all powerful god king Dalai Lama who is the real power behind the throne.

  45. Tokyo Dalai Lama watcher

    September 30, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    If it was not for Buddhism, no one would listen to the Dalai Lama!! The Dalai Lama gives the Kalacakra, gives self help speeches, sermons, prayers, rituals and wears the maroon dress to vast crowds. The maroon dress he wears is really a good marketing method although it is not meant to be. All these Buddhist events is what gathers the crowd to Dalai Lama. If you look at the Dalai Lama himself, besides being a smiley, shrewd and intelligent person, what does he have to attract people? Removing all from him that is Buddhist, what does the Dalai Lama have that is different than any other groups or deposed leaders that the world does not listen to. Dalai Lama owes all this to Buddhism. Therefore he should make harmony within the Buddhist community. How he is segregating certain sects with his rhetoric is dangerous. He is expelling people here clearly due to only a difference in religion: I was personally shocked to see this. I have met some Tibetan government leaders in Tokyo and privately they told me, they were also shocked that the Dalai Lama would say this and none of them dare advise him otherwise. They felt after Dalai Lama’s expulsion of people and in such a angry manner, it will not bode well in the future within Tibetan Buddhism which is the basis of his power. You can see in the video how angry the Dalai Lama seems to be. The Tibetan government persons in Japan also mentioned that the Dalai Lama listened to his oracle Nechung’s advice to ban this sect within Buddhism. Dalai Lama relies heavily on this Nechung god taking trance (oracle) for all his moves. Nechung is even summoned in the Dalai Lama’s private quarters to give prophecies:-

    It bewilders his followers why Dalai Lama relies so heavily on Nechung when he is suppose to be an avatar of a god Avalokita himself. Nechung is invited to most of his public events to do his dance and prophecies. Many Tibetans such as MP Tenpa Yarphel are not happy and speaking up finally: and . The over-reliance on Nechung demeans the Dalai Lama they feel and makes their government backwards. No modern governments consult gods and oracles for every move and if they do, they should not show this publicly. This is not a case of transparency but the Dalai Lama has not trained good advisers skilled in world politics by his side obviously to advise him and uses a god instead. Till now Nechung after 60 years has not proven correct. Nechung has not secured Tibet back. It was in fact in 2012 that Nechung told his monk Dorje Dalai Lama will go back to Tibet very soon, but it has not happened. Dorje is so ecstatic of this Nechung prophecy: . The prophecy proved to be wrong again by Nechung unfortunately for Dorje and the rest of the hopefuls.

    Losang Sangay is too busy with Sharling Dhardon and this is well known among the Tibetans. Without the Dalai Lama backing him up or promoting him, he is nothing and no one will listen to him. That is why everyone in the ‘Tibetan government’ are careful not to offend or displease the Dalai Lama who is the real power behind the throne. If you displease the king, you will be removed from the limelight and that means no more access to money, perks and foreigners who will give you money. Losang Sangay has made zero progress with talks with China since he ‘took office’. Whatever office that is. This shows his priority is not the Tibetans inside and outside of Tibet but to fill his own pockets before the King passes. Basically milk the cow while he can. Sad but that is the situation!

    I posted this ‘pictograph’ here of Sharling and Lobsang floating on the internet when you google. Interesting. I guess the Tibetans are not happy with Lobsang Sangay and Sharling who is really outspoken to her own detriment!

  46. Tsering Gonkatsang

    September 30, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Member of Parliament Tenpa Yarphel is a hero. He is speaking up for free speech and freedom of expression. He is exercising his rights, he is standing up for logical democracy which is the only way forward and not having to contact spirits like Nechung via oracles to make decisions that impact people’s lives. But look how people speak about him in the comments, so rude and nasty. It really represents the Dalai Lama badly as they are supporting Dalai Lama beings so rude:

    They say we need to believe in Nechung and follow what he says. But in 2009 Nechung said the Dalai Lama would go back to Tibet and that everyone would be happy. A monk from Nechung Monastery is the one that told everyone about this: But Nechung was wrong. It has been eight years and this has not happened. The Dalai Lama did not return to Tibet. Nechung being consulted by Tibetan government in exile is backwards. No governments do this in the civilized world.

    When people like Tenpa Yarphel speak up and are real patriots of the Tibetan people, they are attacked by other people. In fact people even protest like this man who shaves his hair: People like these are actually protesting against Tenpa Yarphel’s democratic rights and freedom of speech. Tibetans by criticizing Tenpa Yarphel shows they are far from democracy. Besides many of the other Kagyu leaders such as Drigung Chetsang Rinpoche, Drukchen Rinpoche, Karmapa Thaye Dorje all did not say anything against Tenpa Yarphel that represents the Kagyus.

    Dalai Lama had said that is his minister of cabinet in the government. Even though it is clear that Nechung is unreliable and a spirit, the Dalai Lama continues to rely heavily on Nechung and other oracles who take trance of spirits. He invites Nechung to all his events and allow him to take trance in centre stage always. In fact the Dalai Lama even calls the oracles to his own private bedroom:

    These practices show how Tibetan government is run.

  47. Richard LakTam

    October 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    It’s obvious that Tibetan don’t support and don’t trust their leader anymore. Why? A leader, a Sikyong who has been giving empty promise to his people for the past 60 years. A leader who does’t care about his people, but only care about the money going in his pocket. A leader who has been keeping quiet when his people killing themselves. He not only didn’t stop it from continue going on, he praise them, but making statue of the suicider and put them in memorial. Why is he keeping quiet? It is because he can use them as victim card to get more money from the west. Yes, the person is LOBSANG SANGAY. The Sikyong of Central Tibetan Administration. The so called Prime Minister, the leader of Tibetan in Exile. He didn’t even turn up for democracy day! Why? It is because he doesn’t believe and doesn’t practice DEMOCRACY! To him, there is no DEMOCRACY. Why? It is because he do whatever he wants. He take all the money that’s suppose to help Tibetan in Exile into his own pocket. He ban Dorje Shugden with illogical nonsense, although Dalai Lama said we can practice Dorje Shugden. He doesn’t listen to other countries opinion to have conversation to China, but to condemn China in front of other countries. So, what DEMOCRACY is he practicing? You better come down LOBSANG SANGAY, you’re not qualified to be the Sikyong of Tibetan in Exile!

  48. Sharling Tara

    October 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    The Dalai Lama is so old and he can pass anytime. Beijing is waiting for that. Beijing has full control of Tibet and nothing to fear. Dalai Lama and his government negotiates with Beijing or not does not matter. It’s a small matter in fact. Tibet will never have another King so powerful like Dalai Lama and so influential.

    Actually if Lobsang Sangye was smart, he would do his best to negotiate with China for a better deal for autonomy for Tibet while Dalai Lama is alive. With Dalai Lama alive, he will have more weight and backing. So why doesn’t Lobsang Sangye do so? The reason why Lobsang Sangye does not work hard to negotiate with China is because he does not care about the people. If the Dalai Lama dies, he is rich with big houses and he just moves on. He is in his position for the perks and wealth and US Passport which he has now. So why should he worry?


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  49. Swiss Tibetan Rangzen

    October 1, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Sharling Dhardon is rich and carries expensive hand bags while her ‘refugee’ Tibetans sell sweaters on the hot Indian streets.

  50. Swiss Tibetan Rangzen

    October 1, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Sharling Dhardon and Lobsang Sangay are always together. Very close. They launched the book against Dorje Shugden practice together. Together they can authorized the spending of thousands of US dollars for commissioning a book against Dorje Shugden to further isolate and segregate the Tibetans who continue with their faith in Dorje Shugden. They do this to please the Dalai Lama so their money-making posts will be secure. They only want money.

    After the launching of the book against Dorje Shugden practitioners, they went down to Delhi to be at an expensive hotel and delicious five star dinner to enjoy their victory together.😘

  51. Tenzin Palljor

    October 1, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    These three MPs from Dharamsala is well known to get money from China to be part of Tibetan exile government and make trouble for Tibetans. They pretend to be close to Dalai Lama but they are close to China. They are in all Parliament meetings. There are many more like them in Dharamsala stirring trouble.

  52. Phayul commentator

    October 2, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Ms. Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar is an MP of the CTA and she should immediatly resign and give honor to the disonorable CTA or Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala. She is an elected official. She should not fight with the tourists and spectators. If she is going to post things about Tibet, she has accept there will be people who do not accept what she is posting and be ready for opposition but not using violence. If the spectator gets violent, then Ms. Lhagyari should immediately go to the police and run from the scene. The police station is very nearby. Do not stand around and have violent interaction with people walking by. It does not look good as an MP of the Tibetan government in exile under the Dalai Lama. MP Ms. Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar is a disgrace and should resign.👎


  53. celia

    October 9, 2017 at 9:46 am

    After years of broken promises and no tangible improvements in their social and economic welfare to date, can you really blame Tibetans for losing faith in and rejecting CTA?

    All that money pouring in meant for the welfare of Tibetans yet the living conditions of Tibetans, especially in settlements, clearly have not changed for the better. Destitution, poverty and lack of sustainability are rampant yet the leaders of CTA are living it up luxuriously especially when overseas.

    In fact, it is surprising that it has taken Tibetans so long to begin to act out against CTA. Hopefully, it will translate to them demanding more accountability from CTA.

  54. Joo Won

    October 11, 2017 at 10:54 am

    We people usually quite supportive of their leaders if their leaders do their works, responsible and accountable. However, what happened during Tibetan Democracy day or ‘mangtso duechen’ is quite obvious as a sign the Tibetans not as keen as previously to support CTA.

    People normally quite forgiving especially at the time of stay united within ourselves to fight for a common cause. However for so many years not able to get some significant progress on going back to Tibet, or at least have some dialogue comes out with fruitful results with Beijing; is difficult not to feel disheartening and disappointed.

    Do Tibetans have a future, a better one if we continue to rely on the government now?

  55. Jamyang Delhi

    October 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Dalai Lama does not want independence for Tibet, that’s for sure.

    Rangzen-fighting Tibetans are going against the Dalai Lama. They are hardcore separatists and most likely taking Chinese money to create schism. The attached Times of India article is very clear what the Dalai Lama wants. Rangzen Tibetans and activists are 100% against Dalai Lama and Tibetan nation.

  56. Tashi Delhi

    October 11, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Dalai Lama does not want independence for Tibet but autonomy. All Rangzen-fighting Tibetans are going against the Dalai Lama. They are hardcore separatists and most likely taking Chinese money to create schism. See the attached Times of India article, is very clear what the Dalai Lama wants. Rangzen Tibetans and activists are 100% against Dalai Lama and Tibetan nation.

  57. Bylakuppe C

    October 11, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    See this comment on the Youtube video how ungrateful, greedy and nasty Tibetans really are. The Indians are angry and have a right to be angry after hosting the Tibetans for 60 years. Yet instead of being grateful, they lash back. Even calling the Indian students “COMMUNIST CHINA PAID DOGS” and other vulgarities. Very racist.

    Anything Tibetans don’t like, they call you a China spy or China money eating agent. Even the Indian nationals now are berated as China dogs. No wonder Indians are protesting for Tibetans to go back! This is happening while the Dalai Lama is alive for after he passes, it will completely degenerate and the Indians will take action and expel the ungrateful refugees.

  58. Tenzin Peljor

    October 12, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Tibetans use India. Everyone can see clearly the Tibetans don’t respect India and are very racist. Indians are tired of this and want the Tibetans out now. Big protests in the hundreds are happening in Arunachal Pradesh state of India demanding Tibetans go back to Tibet. The people there are tired of the Tibetans and do not welcome them anymore.

    Why are the Tibetans still refugees after 60 years,? If they can go western country, they will go because India is NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE USERS. They put India down. They only stay in India if they cannot go to another country. They never get Indian citizenship because they want foreign citizenship. Shame. In India, they never pay taxes. They never join army to defend India. They never build hospitals, half way houses, orphanages or get money from foreign aid to help India. They never build anything for Indians and we have so many poor Indians in India. Look at the foreigner Mother Teresa how much she did for India and she did so much for Indians in Calcutta but Tibetans do nothing. Not a charitable race. Their Dalai Lama never set up orphanages, schools, soup kitchens for the poor or set up scholarship for Indians. He lived in India for 60 years and give nothing back but take and use Indian land. The Tibetans lived in India for 60 years but they contribute nothing to India. Only complain and Indians are now going to speak up. The SUMAA students said the protests against Tibetans are only beginning and there will be more.

    After 60 years how can they still be refugees. They are not genuine refugees. They call themselves refugees and not get Indian passport so their Tibetan ‘government’ in Dharamsala can continue to market them to western countries and Japan to give them money. To get free money. Tibetan leaders love free money. Tibetans have big houses, nice cars and can travel to other countries. The Dalai Lama temples in Dharamsala have gold idols and gold paintings and live in very high luxury. Tibetan leaders already get money in the US billions in aid and yet they never improve. The Tibetans always say they have no opportunities in India. Why they say that? Because they are saying they are too good for India.

    They say they want autonomy with China but they fly the Tibetan flag on Indian soil. If they want autonomy, they should fly the Chinese flag and show China government they are serious to sit and talk. They are always lying. They protest against China on Indian soil making problems between India and China. India is not responsible for Tibetans. Tibetans should not make China India’s enemy. Don’t be selfish. China is not India’s problem. Tibetans should solve the problems themselves.

    Tibetan leaders only want money, money and more free things. They always make segregation among their people due to regional differences and religion. Look how they supress the Dorje Shugden religion and their own Dorje Shugden Tibetans cannot join in their schools or Dalai Lama’s talks and ceremonies. They treat the Dorje Shugden people like the low castes in India. Their Tibetan people cannot stand up on their own become something because their leaders want everything for free. When they go to western countries, they lose their culture, religion and language and pay a heavy price. Their children become more like the adopted country’s culture and people. Their ‘government’ in Dharamsala block them from getting Indian citizenship so they can continue using their fake refugee status to get money from the west. When India is so generous to give them citizenship, their own Tibetan minister in Dharamsala block this.

    Now Indians had enough and want Tibetans to get out and go home!

    SUMAA students heavily protest Part 1

    SUMAA students heavily protest Part 2

    Indians and Indian tribal people want Tibetans to go back to Tibet:

    Hundreds of Indians want Tibetans out of India. Protests are vowed to continue:

    Indian SUMAA leaders demanding state government to revoke refugee privileges for Tibetans

    And alternative videos:

    SUMAA students heavily protest

    Indians and Indian tribal people want Tibetans to go back to Tibet:

    Hundreds want Tibetans out of India. Protests are vowed to continue:

    Heavy protest in the hundreds by Indians for Tibetans to get out of India

  59. Lovett

    October 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Within the Tibetan communities in India, there is no free speech and how Tibetans insult each other and would even insult foreigners by calling them Chinese agents just because you speak up and this is suppose to silence you. All of this began with the Tibetan CTA. Nonetheless, there are a handful of Tibetans who had enough and they dare to speak the truth and in this case, Tenpa Yarphel speaks against Nechung and veiled statements about the Shugden ban –
    And then there are people who would oppose his view by shaving his head. Very silly.

  60. Michaela Smith

    October 16, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Real refugees vs. Tibetan ‘refugee’. Should developed countries continue to help Tibetans, the most prosperous ‘refugees’ on earth?

  61. Lhakpa

    October 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Chokyong Nechung is wrong! Nechung in this video said that Dalai Lama is going back to China and that was five years ago? What happened? Why are we even listening to him ever again. He always make mistakes. 😱


  62. Lobsang Sangay

    October 17, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Let’s face it… there is NO REAL FREEDOM of SPEECH for us Tibetans living under the ruling of the CTA and Dalai Lama. The Tibetan communities in India all sufer this fate and we live in lies and deception of a FAKE DEMOCRACY.

    Just watch how Tibetans insult and backstab each other and would even dare insult people they do not know, calling them Chinese dogs/Chinese spies is the only thing they can say and the label they give you the moment you dare to speak up. This is done to shut you up and to indicate to other Tibetans to attack you because they make you sound like you are a traitor and this is how they get all to turn against you. This is how the Tibetan CTA deals with people they feel threatened. All because of power and position.

    However, there are a few brave Tibetans who basically had enough of their deception and begin to speak up, to tell the truth. A good example is Tenpa Yarphel who bravely stood up and talked about Nechung and the inconsistency and FAILED prophesies… also the ridiculous heavy reliance on him for everything. Where on earth do you ever see any government relying on “mystical Gods” to help them make state decisions? Even if they did, they would not dare tell anyone because this is 2017 not the medieval times. Just watch –

    Then you have the small-minded, sheep like followers, shaving their hair – like WOW big deal, to protest against Tenpa Yarphel. Lololol

  63. Jamyang

    October 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Question to Tibetan exile government, Central Tibetan Administration – CTA: Hey this Geshe Dorje interprets Nechung’s prophecy saying the Dalai Lama will go back to Tibet five years ago, but look, Dalai Lama still cannot go back. Watch…

    Not only that, there is still NO sign of even creating a good relationship for a chance to go back! So we are all stuck and still nowhere near going back to Tibet. So why on earth are we still listening to this spirit Nechung who always makes mistakes and give wrong prophecies? Nechung even killed the 13th Dalai Lama by giving him the wrong medicine. So WHY are we still listening to him for? Why are we Buddhist following what a spirit says? If we can follow Nechung spirit so why condemn Dogyal? This is weird and wrong!

  64. Pema Schneider

    October 19, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Lobsang Sangay at the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Tibetan Settlement Office, Dharamsala:

    Losang Sangay said recently (October, 2017) in Dharamsala that Tibetans have two enemies: the outer and inner enemy. The outer enemies are the Chinese government and Dorje Shugden people. The inner enemy is the people who speak against about our Tibetan affairs like regional differences and religious differences. (He didn’t say this directly but he means people like Tenpa Yarphel who spoke up in the Parliament) He said out of the two enemies, the worse one is inner enemies.

    Now the Tibetans have started a new Facebook page specifically against Tenpa Yarphel. Tibetans are protesting against him:

    And, there is a video of Tibetans with Tenpa Yarphel’s name written on the paper against him and asking him to resign:

  65. Matteo

    October 19, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a a dedicated advocate for the principles of democracy. In September this year, Tibetans in India celebrates the 57th anniversary of the establishment of the democratic path in the running of the Tibetan people’s political system. Sadly, it’s all lip service.

    Look at the recent incident of MP Tenpa Yarphel speaking up. Tenpa Yarphel has the right to speak and express his opinion, especially because he is a representative of the people, a Member of Parliament. He was criticised for issueing irresponsible statements, watch this video here:

    What is absurd is that there are even people protesting against his opinion, and shaving their hair in protest:

    Tenpa Yarphel was accused of being sectarian, but the reality is that because of Nechung, Dorje Shugden practitioners were segregated, discriminated and ostracised from the Tibetan community in general all around the world. I think this MP is sick of seeing the separation and found the courage to speak up for the unity of the Tibetan people in exile. What do you think?

  66. Lukar Jam supporter

    October 19, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Nechung oracle is not reliable. Many times proven wrong.

    He didn’t help when british in tibet in 1904. he gave wrong medicine to 13th dalai lama which caused His holiness’s death. he said in the past Tibetans going back to Tibet. In 2009, this Geshe Dorje read out what Nechung oracle said. How many years passed, negotiation talk never resume after Lobsang Sangay become Sikyong. Why we still believe Nechung?

  67. Tashi, Delhi

    October 20, 2017 at 9:22 am

    What is the CTA for a club? Going around pretending to be a democracy and only because of HH Dalai Lama they can make some foreign people believe it but it seems that karma is coming back.

    The CTA is suppressing their own people and having a good life with the money originally meant for the Tibetan people. On top, their elections are a farce!

    Listen here to Tenpa Yarphel who questions about the reliance of the Tibetan Government to Nechung, an oracle, which is understandable already but on top Nechung’s predictions seem to create more problems than anything else…

    What happens to Tenpa Yarphel now that he speaks up? Tibetans have started a Facebook page against Tenpa Yarphel and protest against him: They even ask Tenpa Yarphel to resign:

    So much for the “Democracy” in the Tibetan Government!!

  68. ashrao

    October 29, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Unfortunately, the dream of Tibetan democracy is nothing but that. Look at this brave Tenpa Yarphel speaking up against the spirit Nechung ( He brings up a good point, the Tibetans rely more on a spirit than they do on democratic principles and their own intelligence and care for their own people.

    But these Tibetans themselves are so enamored with the spirit that they protest against Tenpa Yarphel, lame protests, but protests nonetheless, like this man who cut off his hair ( I really don’t understand how this is a protest, but each to their own I guess.

    Personally, I don’t really think much of the Tibetans who follow their lame government. I’ve seen first-hand just how much the average Tibetan suffers under their current leadership and this just goes to show that their government is ineffective and schismatic. But one thing about this whole situation is somewhat promising, there is a silver lining, and that is the point was raised by a Tibetan MP within their parliament. He wouldn’t have done so if other people in the Tibetan community did not feel the same way. It is time for Tibetan to free themselves of a superstitious, money-grabbing, self-serving, and impotent government.

  69. Dawa Lhamo

    October 29, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Tibetan government are useless, they rely on Nechung

    Any you know what, their supporters even cut their hair off because they don’t agree with MP. This guy funny.

    What this going to change?

  70. ashrao

    October 29, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    The Tibetan government keep relying on Nechung for everything, though all his predictions and advice cause more damage than harm. Is it even wise to follow his advice, I mean he was wrong about His Holiness the Dalai Lama returning to Tibet in five years

    That was in 2009, we are now in 2017, which was 8 years ago. Is his advice really trust worthy? I wonder why the Tibetan government even continue to listen to him. Perhaps they get something out of it?

  71. Tashi Gonkatsang

    October 29, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    This ashrao posted this video:

    What he said is true. I couldn’t believe it at first, because I never heard my parents or relatives tell much such things before. But when I asked my uncle who is a monk, he told me it is true. He said that Nechung gave bad advice and has continued to give bad advice. My uncle said that even many of the monks and high lamas don’t even believe in anything Nechung says. Better to say no rather than listening to his advice from now on. My parents were shocked. They used to go and see Nechung oracle when they were in India, but luckily I was able to move them to the USA. Now we better off. I can’t believe that the government still listen to the Nechung.

  72. Hi I'm Lobsang Sangye I'm a liar

    October 29, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    It’s quite refreshing to have someone from the parliament speaking up and raising questions about the unjustness that’s been happening within its own “government”. Tenpa Yarphel is extremely brave to speak up like that, Tibetans HAVE TO WATCH IT! 👍

    1. Tibetan shaves off his hair in protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel 2017 Sept

    2. Tibetan Parliament member representing Kagyu School Ven. Tenpa Yarphel speaks against Nechung

    Then of course, we have some intelligent individuals such as Geshe Dorje himself, who just wants attention, talks big but does nothing else 🙄 :

  73. TseringD, Delhi

    October 29, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Nechung is ZUMA 👎 before I m think he is one of d best when I m watch dis video By Geshe Dorjee la but now I m think is not d truth n he is lie to Tibet people we r not back to Tibet yt Chithue Tenpa Yarphel la tq for talk about truth of Nechung . I m watch to this video many time la n after I hear you talk I m not belief to Nechung

  74. Why CTA Why

    October 30, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Watch when Geshe Dorje interprets Nechung’s prophecies!

    After the Nechung oracle takes trance, his answers are interpreted and explained by Geshe Dorje, a Buddhist master from the Nechung Monastery.

    The video from 2009 proves that Nechung is wrong again! Why rely on Nechung when all his prophecies are wrong?? Someone with a hidden agenda maybe?!!

  75. Michaela Smith

    October 30, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Only the CTA relies on the Nechung and made the spirit who gave so many false advice so much privilleges

  76. Namdrol

    October 30, 2017 at 7:54 am

    MP Tenpa Yarphel is very brave to questioned the validity and accuracy of the spirit Nechung who the Dalai Lama always consulted, apparently Nechung has been giving highly inaccurate prophecies, but people still keep using him because Dalai Lama keeps using him and nobody dare to say otherwise, although Nechung is full of mistake, no wonder Tibetans did not get back their country even after 60 years:

    Look at this guy’s way of protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel and you know why the Tibetans will never get back their country:

  77. Amber Sonam

    October 30, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Bravo to MP Tenpa Yarphel who is brave enough to speak up! CTA sure has a lot of dodgy business going on even it’s own MP cannot keep quiet anymore. Watch what is being said here

    Yet, those in denial continue to support the corruptions within the CTA by shaving off his hair in protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel

    He is also supported by Geshe Dorje himself who is riding on the Nechung issue giving no concrete proof as usual

  78. Michaela Smith

    October 30, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I would like to share with you about this courageous Tibetan parliament MP who is speaking up against Nechung. He received a lot of backlash due to his bravery, but I hope it won’t deter him to speak up in the future. There are many people who actually agree with him

    1. Tibetan Parliament member representing Kagyu School, speak up about Nechung

    2. Tibetan shaves off his hair in protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel 2017 Sept

  79. Manjushree

    October 30, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Tibetans know what their leadership is up to with more exposure on what they’ve done, therefore more and more are speaking up. As more and more countries reject Tibetans, it is a sign that their administration is failing, so who else to blame than the CTA.

  80. Utsang Victory

    November 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Sikyong did it again, creating trouble in Dharamsala!

    Dharamshala Tibetan Settlement Officer appeals for peace
    By Lobsang Wangyal
    McLEOD GANJ, India, 14 November 2017

    Sensing the momentum gathering around a mass demonstration in Dharamshala against Kashag’s continuous silence over its decision to sack Penpa Tsering as the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in North America, the Tibetan Settlement Officer in Dharamshala has issued an appeal to the people to maintain peace and harmony.

    Calls for a demonstration were made after the Kashag (Cabinet of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) ) refused to divulge details of the reason for expelling Representative Penpa Tsering.

    Kashag issued an announcement about the termination of Penpa Tsering’s duties through their website on 7 November, stating that he will end his duty on 30 November, and the current CTA Education Minister Ngodup Tsering will replace him.

    The Kashag stated “dereliction of duty” as the reason, and said that three warnings had been served, but that Penpa Tsering didn’t show any improvement in his conduct.

    The actual nature of the warnings was also not clear when the officiating President of the CTA convened a press conference on 9 November.

    Penpa Tsering on the other hand denied any wrongdoing.

    Settlement Officer Dawa Rinchen said in his appeal message that since Dharamshala being the seat of the Dalai Lama and of the Central Tibetan Administration, he urged people to respect the sanctity of the place.

    Speaking to Tibet Sun, Rinchen said that he envisaged a demonstration on the 27th of this month, but couldn’t have any estimate of its size.

    The 27th came to be the date for demonstration after an activist in NYC suggested it through his article published on Tibet Sun.

    He said, ”There’s so much talk and discussion about the issue and preparations for the protest. Many people are seen registering and others giving donations towards this event.”

    President of CTA Lobsang Sangay, who is on a European tour, spoke on 13 November about the issue in Norway, but he also refused to give details as to why Penpa Tsering was suspended.

    He said that it is the prerogative of the Kashag to appoint and terminate representatives and staff members of CTA. Kashag is not required to explain the reasons for their termination.

    Some Tibetans in the United States are saying they would stop paying the annual tax to CTA (record maintained through the “Green Book”), and people in New York are calling for a boycott of an event in New York on 10 December, the Tibetan Rally for Peace and Non-violence, which is to be attended by CTA President Lobsang Sangay and Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile Khenpo Sonam Tenphel. It is to be held at United Nations Plaza, led by North American Chithues and is organised by North American Tibetan Associations.

    However, Penpa Tsering has appealed in a video message to people in New York City and nearby areas to attend the event.



    Tibetan unity in peril: Call for massive street protest in Dharamshala
    By Mila Rangzen
    NEW YORK CITY, US, 11 November 2017

    Like most Tibetans, including those who voted for Sikyong Lobsang Sangay in the 2016 election, I am shocked by what Sikyong Lobsang Sangay did to former speaker Penpa Tsering — the Dalai Lama’s Chief Representative posted in Washington DC. He fired Penpa Tsering a few days ago for no reason other than political revenge.

    Penpa Tsering was Lobsang Sangay’s opponent in the 2016 Sikyong election, and a tough one at that. Penpa Tsering is the only Tibetan statesman who can stand up to Lobsang Sangay and speak the truth to his face for the good of our cause and our community as a whole.

    Stand up he did, in and outside the Parliament. With humility but firmly. Roughly twenty-eight thousand Tibetans in our small exile community voted for him.

    Recognizing Penpa Tsering’s capability, experience, and integrity, the Dalai Lama’s private office recommended Penpa Tsering as the right man for the Representative job. Sikyong had no choice but to relent. Also, to appear to be burying the election grudge and the regional hatchet, that was the best bet he had. No need to point out that Lobsang Sangay is a Khampa man and Penpa Tsering is an Amdo/U-Tsang man. Track the source of the conflict. It will help the reader understand the Tibetan domestic politics. To turn a blind eye because it makes you feel uncomfortable is, in fact, an endorsement for negative regionalism to continue.

    When the media asked for elaboration on why Sikyong fired him, the response from him and his subordinates was shocking. Sikyong, laughing sarcastically, avoided the question by telling the media to talk to the Cabinet Secretary. The secretary simply said Sikyong fired him because it is in his power to do so according to the exile charter. No specific reason was given.

    The Deputy Sikyong Youthok Karma Gelek responded, at an only 10-minute-long press conference, by saying that Sikyong had served three warning notices to Penpa Tsering to mend his ways in the past one year and that he was not respecting Sikyong. When pressed for what precisely wrong did Penpa Tsering do, Youthok became overbearing and left.

    CTA, where is the transparency?

    The Dalai Lama publicly rebuked both the candidates in Dharamshala in April 2016 for stirring regional tensions among the Tibetan community during the election. Both the candidates publicly apologized. And so, we believed the matter got settled there and then. Sangay even delivered tons of speeches on the importance of Tibetan unity.

    But to our dismay, Lobsang Sangay proved us wrong. The man is still in the election campaign mode despite being in office again for almost two years. This firing on unfounded grounds is an attempt to tarnish the image and reputation of Penpa Tsering. How vindictive can Sikyong get? This is absolutely unacceptable, and it also goes against the very teaching of the Dalai Lama.

    Penpa Tsering said on Voice of America that he was served only one warning notice, and that too without any explanation. Sikyong also denied Penpa Tsering his right to explain his position. Sangay revealed his actual colours. Also, the removal of Penpa Tsering from the office is a slap in Dalai Lama’s face, and a kick to the rear of the twenty-eight thousand Amdos and U-Tsangs who voted for him.

    What can we do now?
    When we think an issue is this important, we are left with no choice but a massive protest. Protesting can help raise public awareness and prevent a cheap political vendetta that can ruin the Tibetan unity thus far achieved.

    I call for the Tibetans to come out in thousands at Gangkyi on 27 November 2017 at 10 am sharp, and do the following.

    Picket by holding up large signs at the Cabinet building and demand detailed explanation for the firing of Penpa Tsering. Gather first at McLeod Ganj and march to Gangkyi, demanding the reinstatement of Penpa Tsering to the office. Hold a vigil at night in memory of Penpa Tsering’s dedication and service to our community. Do sit-ins at the Cabinet building lobby until the demand is met. Resist threats and violence with resolute non-violent action. Be the peace warriors!

    Organise a core group of U-Tsang Association and Amdo Association if the Cholsum Association fails to do so. Assign roles to members pertaining to media coverage, permits, equipment, safety, transport, signs, and placards.

    Gather as many people as you can to help out on the day. Remember to contact them the night before to remind them about the protest. Put the word out through emails, posters and flyers, local media, social media, word of mouth, and any other way you can.

    Organise speakers for they can inspire and educate the Tibetan public, but keep the speeches short and powerful.

    Thunder into the streets! Pound sense into the head of Sikyong! Lead by example, not by ego!


  81. Amdo Shapale

    November 17, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Growing public anger as Kashag reluctant to give clear statement on NA Rep. row
    [Thursday, November 16, 2017 21:19]
    By Tenzin Dharpo

    DHARAMSHALA, Nov. 16: Following the announcement to relieve North America CTA mission representative and former Speaker Penpa Tsering from his position on Nov. 7, there has been a general sense of dissatisfaction among sections of the community with some even suggesting protests and boycott of events where President Sangay is scheduled to attend.

    While the Kashag asserts that the issue was handled as per the binding rules and with rightful authority, the handling of the situation, many say, has rolled back on President Sangay’s campaign claims of transparency and unity. An official announcement and a press briefing by Kashag have not mentioned a clear reason for Penpa’s ousting other than vague reference to dereliction in his role there and hints at insubordination.

    Officiating President Ven. Karma Gelek Yuthok told the media last week that the Kashag need not give a clarification over the transfer or firing of any staff and that the issue is an “internal matter”.

    The growing impasse between the public and Kashag’s (cabinet) reluctance to give a clear explanation over the cause of Penpa’s ousting has escalated over the last week. A New York based individual going by the name of Mila Rangzen has called for a non-violent mass protest at the end of the month here in Dharamshala, prompting the settlement officer here to issue a public appeal, urging peace and order in the community.

    Dharamshala settlement officer Dawa Rinchen told Phayul, “While I have no knowledge of when and how many people are going to hold a protest, my prerogative is to avoid any incidents here in Dharamshala where His Holiness the Dalai Lama resides where the CTA is based and subsequently where the eyes of the international community is transfixed on. Hence I appealed the public to maintain peace here.”

    Sporadic posts and videos on social media sites such as Facebook and WeChat expressed dissatisfaction over the handling of the situation calling for a transparent approach to the matter by President Sangay led Kashag. A Tibetan nitezen Tsering Chomphel wrote on Facebook, “I personally think transparency is the first rung of so called democracy ladder. In today’s world, we cannot and should not trust any individual or group blindly. If PT is innocent this time, he needs to speak out. It’s not about PT or Kashag. It’s about peoples trust. People will surely lose trust and interest in our politics if things are not made clear this time.”

    Tsering Samdup, a Tibetan sweater seller, said that it would be inappropriate if the Kashag issues a clarification simply because some section of the community demands it. “The concerned individual here is Penpa Tsering and if he denies Kashag’s decision and seeks clarification then Kashag might be obliged to give one. Otherwise, there is no need to clarify.”

    Another nitezen opined that three advisory letter/directives were enough caution by the Kashag. Tenzin Kunkyab wrote, “He got fired after three written warning (three yellow cards) after that they pulled red card, I don’t see any wrong with that unless PT himself have some explanation.” Penpa Tsering however claimed he only received one letter prior to his termination letter and has maintained he is not at fault.

    Some people have even called for more dramatic action to boycott the ‘Solidarity with Tibet rally for peace and non-violence’ on 10th December in New York where President Sangay is scheduled to attend. Penpa Tsering, the outgoing representative urged Tibetans in North America to participate in the event with the broader sense of the Tibetan issue at mind and not divisive politics.

    Meanwhile the Tibetan President who is currently on an official visit to northern Europe indicated that the Kashag might not budge and give a clear-cut answer on the issue. He said that Penpa Tsering has accepted the Kashag’s decision to remove him from the Washington office and his cabinet’s decision to remove and appoint liaison officers abruptly, is neither unprecedented nor illegal.

    The NA office remains the most crucial position in the hierarchy of outposts of the Tibetan polity. The new man in that seat, Education minister Ngodup Tsering today said he has gotten the blessing of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his new role in Washington.



    Citing Fatigue, Dalai Lama Appoints Personal Emissaries

    November 16, 2017 12:29 PM
    Yeshi Dorje


    The Dalai Lama says he has appointed emissaries to attend international engagements or speak on his behalf indefinitely.

    Citing increasing physical fatigue, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader made the comments while meeting with a group of international youth leaders brought to Dharmsala, India, by the Washington-based Institute of Peace.

    “I’m 82 years old, and since last year [my] feeling of tiredness has been much increased,” he told the group during video-recorded meetings last week.

    Because he may not be able to maintain a regular international travel schedule, he said, the president of Tibet’s current government-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, along with prominent Buddhist scholar and former prime minister in exile, Samdong Rinpoche, would act as his official emissaries.

    These “trusted friends, they know my thinking,” he said. “Our work, continuously, should be more active [and internationally engaged], so in these two persons,” he said, pointing to Lobsang and Samdong, “I have full trust.”

    Looking to the dialogue moderator, USIP President Nancy Lindborg, the Dalai Lama said: “If your side … or your government’s side” has concerns, “then these two persons, either one, can participate as my representative or my personal emissary.”

    Penpa Tsering, representative for the Office of Tibet in Washington, which represents the Tibetan government-in-exile, downplayed the significance of the Dalai Lama’s statement.

    “I think this was more of a general statement,” he told VOA. “His holiness is sometimes too tired to travel, and his April visit to the United States has been suspended indefinitely, but he will continue to travel in India, and Europe is only a seven hour flight.”

    Adding that Lobsang’s presidential term is limited to five years, and the fact that Samdong has long served as a kind of unofficial deputy to the Dalai Lama, he said the November 6 comments do not represent a major diversion or change in Dharmsala’s official representation on the world stage.

    Symbol of Tibet

    However, Carole McGranahan, a University of Colorado anthropologist and historian of Tibet, says although prioritizing the Dalai Lama’s health requires a reduction in his international travel schedule, his physical absence from global engagements cannot be substituted via proxy.

    “So much of the goodwill and attention Tibet receives in the world is due to his holiness, and specifically due to his personal interactions with world leaders and with the large audiences he draws around the world. His deep wisdom, his humor and charisma, his serious attention to pressing world issues, and, of course, his model of compassion and leadership, make a deep impression on people,” she told VOA’s Tibetan Service via email.

    “For so much of the world, the Dalai Lama is the symbol of Tibet. Will his trusted emissaries be able to achieve the same effects? Of course not, as no one can truly stand in for the Dalai Lama,” she wrote. “They will be able to represent him, but no one can embody the message of Tibet as he does. His holiness’s stepping back from international travel will signal a new era of Tibetan diplomacy in the world.”

    Robert Barnett, director of the Modern Tibet Studies Program at Columbia University, says the decision may be a signal to Beijing.

    “Of course, there’s always the possibility that this move is intended as a post-19th Party Congress signal to Beijing of increased openness to a resumption of talks, or possibly even a response to a request from there,” he said. “It certainly should make Zhang Yijiong happier,” he added, referring to Communist Party’s Tibet working group chief, who told reporters on the sidelines of a party congress that there could be no excuses to meeting the Dalai Lama.

    “Except that it seems unlikely that warhorses of that type can ever be appeased,” Barnett said.

    In the United States, a California-based Tibetan monk named Tenzin Dhonden, who chairs the non-profit Friends of the Dalai Lama and was secretary of the Dalai Lama Trust, a charitable organization chaired by the Dalai Lama, has acted as a gatekeeper between the Dalai Lama and American philanthropists, scholars, celebrities and donors.

    Late last month, Dhonden, who falsely named himself Personal Emissary of Peace for the Dalai Lama in 2005, was suspended from the trust over corruption allegations.

    This story originated in VOA’s Tibetan Service. Pete Cobus contributed original reporting.


  82. Ngawang Wangchuk

    November 17, 2017 at 10:32 am

    China knows how welcome President Trump…

    But the CTA high officials are busy with other things

  83. Ngodup Tsering

    November 18, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Big problem in Tibetan community now because of Sikyong. Penpa Tsering sacked without proper explanations. Tibetans around the world are unhappy with this because it makes Tibetans and the Dalai Lama look very bad. See this shared on WeChat by many people.

  84. Ngodup Tsering

    November 29, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    The Dalai Lama said that he cannot change his religion to enter into the Hindu temple. He wants to visit the Hindu temple, but he cannot change his religion. Only those of Hindu faith can enter this temple. He tried to enter by saying indirectly make an exception. But the Hindu priest said no. Even for the Dalai Lama, a big celebrity, the rules cannot be changed. It would have been nice if the priest did change the rules because the temple is to be visited by all and blessings are for everyone.

    Similarly, Dorje Shugden people cannot change their religion so they cannot enter the Dalai Lama’s temple. So the situation is exactly the same. It would be nice if the Dalai Lama himself can change his rules too.

    Ngodup Tsering

    Dalai: Why Puri temple doors shut for non-Hindus?
    Minati Singha| TNN | Updated: Nov 22, 2017, 02:35 IST
    BHUBANESWAR: Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Tuesday questioned the practice of not allowing non-Hindus inside the Puri Jagannath Temple premises while criticising the Christian missionaries for trying to convert people of other faiths.
    “During my last visit to Odisha in 2010, I wished to go to the Jagannath Temple in Puri. I have a practice of visiting holy places wherever I go. I go to local places of worship like churches, gurdwaras, Hindu temples, Buddhist temples and mosques. I have made pilgrimages to Jerusalem (the holy city of the Jewish), the Syrian Christian Church and the Muslim sacred rock,” the Dalai Lama told TOI in an interview on Tuesday. He was responding to a question on the state’s unique Jagannath culture.
    The Dalai Lama, who is here on a two-day visit, said he cannot change his religion to enter the Jagannath Temple. “When I wanted to enter the Jagannath Temple in Puri, they said only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. So, in order to make a pilgrimage to the Jagannath Temple, I have to become a Hindu, which is very difficult,” said the Nobel laureate.
    The Dalai Lama also questioned conversions by Christian missionaries. “I never say Buddhism is the best religion. I never try to promote it in non-Buddhist countries and in Christian countries like Europe and America. I admire Christian brothers and sisters but don’t like it when they try to convert people. Being secular, like India, is a very practical and wonderful approach,” he said.
    Reacting to the Dalai Lama’s comment, Jagannath Temple priests said not allowing non-Hindus inside t is an age-old tradition. “Non-Hindus have not been allowed into the temple for centuries and the rule cannot be changed,” said Ramkrushna Das Mohapatra, president of the Daita Pati Nijog (an association of priests).

  85. Ngodup Tsering

    November 29, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Picture caption:

    Sign in Sarnath that barred Shugden practitioners from a Gelug Monastery

    What the Dalai Lama said:

    “When I wanted to enter the Jagannath Temple in Puri, they said only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. So, in order to make a pilgrimage to the Jagannath Temple, I have to become a Hindu, which is very difficult,” said the Dalai Lama ~ ya we knew that long ago

  86. Ngodup Tsering

    November 29, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Picture caption:

    A Gelug monastery in Sarnath bans Shugden practitioners from their monastery and teachings

    What the Dalai Lama said:

    “When I wanted to enter the Jagannath Temple in Puri, they said only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. So, in order to make a pilgrimage to the Jagannath Temple, I have to become a Hindu, which is very difficult,” said the Dalai Lama ~ ya we knew that long ago”

  87. Tsering

    March 3, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist.

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