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Top image caption: Lama Tenzin Dhonden, pictured here at a party with a friend, is alleged to have had sexual relations with a wealthy heiress.

Dalai Lama’s emissary in sex, cult scandal

One year ago, news broke of one of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s personal and close associates being implicated in a financial scandal. Nepali authorities found Phachok Rinpoche to be involved in money laundering, raising funds supposedly intended for victims of the Nepal earthquake but never actually channeling those funds to the supposed recipients. It was not the first time that the Tibetan leadership have been caught and accused of financial mismanagement and embezzlement.

However, what many may not be aware of is that years before this latest scandal, another one of the Dalai Lama’s associates was involved in an equally salacious (if not more so) affair in the United States. And what is worse is, he implicated and risked the Dalai Lama’s reputation in his misdeeds.

The story is a long and complex one but the basic points are these:

  • The Dalai Lama’s personal peace emissary, one Lama Tenzin Dhonden, was in the US and wanted to find a way to bring His Holiness the Dalai Lama over and boost his profile
  • He connected with two wealthy sisters who were disciples of a man, one Keith Raniere, who has been accused of running a cult. It is said he had already received US$150mil in contributions from them
  • Lama Tenzin, an ordained monk, is alleged to have engaged in sexual relations with one of the sisters. They were said to have been caught ‘canoodling’ in a hot tub
  • It is said that the sisters then used their connections with him to invite the Dalai Lama to participate an event that would help validate their teacher’s credentials
  • They enticed, incentivized and basically bribed the Tibetan leadership into this deal with a US$1mil contribution to the CTA
  • Their teacher, Mr Raniere, is so controversial that even his own alma mater did not want to be associated with him. They refused to host the event although it would involve the Dalai Lama. Any venue around the world would fall over themselves to host the Dalai Lama, but this place did not. This should already have set off alarm bells among the Dalai Lama’s advisors but still, they chose to ignore this and press on with the event. What reason would they have, other than because they had gained financially from it and could not bear to lose the donation?

Lama Tenzin with the mother of the heiress he is alleged to have had sexual relations with

As a Tibetan, what is worrisome for me is that:

  1. It was very clear these were the wrong group to associate with. Still, Lama Tenzin was allowed to propose this event to the Dalai Lama and have His Holiness’ name associated with this controversial group, all in the name of money
  2. This is not the first time the CTA have abused the Dalai Lama and his name, and sold out his personage out for money, although US$1mil is a very low sum for someone of such importance. What is worse is that they sold the Dalai Lama out to a group who were so controversial, even their teacher’s own alma mater declined to be associated with him
  3. It is clear that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is receiving very bad advice that is being provided by people who have ulterior motives and are clearly motivated by self-benefit and gain
  4. This is no different to the 5th Dalai Lama who was surrounded by people who saw it fit to murder a lama they felt rivaled their own teacher in popularity and importance i.e. Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen who arose as the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden
  5. So it is conceivable that the Dorje Shugden ban also arose as the result of incorrect advice, just like how the 5th Dalai Lama was initially given incorrect information about how Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen died. The Dalai Lama got the wrong information about Dorje Shugden and his adherents, and implemented the illegal and unfair ban due to bad advice

To me, this is a case of history repeating itself but it does not surprise me. People with negative intent and desires for self-gain will always gravitate towards the very top of the government, especially when all of the influence and power is held by a small handful of people.

For this reason I worry for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and for the future of Tibet. When our leaders are given the wrong information and it leads them to make bad decisions, many millions of Tibetans suffer. Some may even say that this is a plot of the Chinese leadership, to introduce such negative thoughts to the Dalai Lama’s decision-making process by ushering ill-informed and self-motivated advisors and ministers towards His Holiness.

Otherwise, what other reason could Lama Tenzin have for associating the Dalai Lama with such a notorious and controversial figure as Keith Raniere?

When you read the three articles below, you will see very clearly that the Dalai Lama was tricked and taken advantage of, and pushed to risk his reputation all in the name of money. Having such advisors around His Holiness therefore is very dangerous for Tibet’s future, and for the welfare of the Tibetan people, and it is something the Tibetan community must wake up to soon and demand for change.

 

FrankReport.com on Lama Tenzin Dhonden

Click to enlarge. (Source: https://frankreport.com/2016/02/13/should-lama-tenzin-be-defrocked-is-dalai-lama-to-blamed-for-endorsing-keith-while-tenzin-was-sleeping-with-sara-bronfman/)

 

ArtVoice.com on Lama Tenzin Dhonden

Click to enlarge. (Source: http://artvoice.com/2017/03/01/memory-lane-raniere-bronfmans-lama-tenzin-dalai-lama/#.WbvWKtMjH_R)

 

VanityFair.com on Lama Tenzin Dhonden

Click to enlarge. (Source: https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2010/11/bronfman-201011)

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74 Comments

  1. Namgyal Tselha

    September 16, 2017 at 10:33 am

  2. Namgyal Tselha

    September 16, 2017 at 10:34 am

    😕

  3. Anonymous

    September 16, 2017 at 11:17 am

  4. Namgyal Tselha

    September 16, 2017 at 11:18 am

    😕very bad

  5. Tenzin Palljor

    September 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    🤑 This Dalai Lama’s right hand man can get alot of money. Amazing what happened is all over the mainstream news and Dalai Lama and cronies are silent about it.

  6. Elibuchen

    September 16, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    The actions of Lama Tenzin Dhonden, no one knows the actual intentions apart from him. However for him to expose the Dalai Lama to a cult leader like Raniere is like Dalai lama’s links to the AUM cult leader Asahara all over again.

    I can’t it is the incompetence of Lama Tenzin or its just that there is vested interest by Lama Tenzin, but if there was no misconduct in any way shape or form, lama Tenzin should clarify his stance once and for all. Tibetans in exile have so much to deal with, and many of them are struggling so much, this is an unwelcome reminder of the frailties of the human condition.

  7. Follow the money

    September 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    He is very much behind a “Foundation” called “Friends of the Dalai Lama” which has a .org
    which tells you nothing much.

    I’ve done research on this and have not found any audited financial report by this organization although US regulations require them to do so.

    Perhaps donors should demand it for accountability sakes.

  8. Carole McQuirrelle

    September 16, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    It is very disturbing to see monks from the Dalai Lama monastery or organization acting like this. Makes people regret getting involved. 😖😣☹️

  9. Dondrup Shugden

    September 17, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Disgusting is a mild word to describe the activities of Lama Tenzin Dhonden, a celibate Buddhist monk and close associate of the Dalai Lama.

    To have defiled the pure and holy status of the Dalai Lama for fun and money. Total no integrity.

    Have the members of elite class of CTA been doing the same? From current results how Tibetans are rejected for neutralisation in other countries and the non approval for the Dalai Lama to visit some countries, it is apparent that such poor conduct is on record.

    This article brings to our knowledge how elite members of the 5th Dalai Lama too misinformed His Holiness over an erudite master, Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen. History is repeating itself during the reign of the 14th Dalai Lama and the Ban on the worship of Dorje Shugden who arose from Tulku Drakpa Gyaltsen’s murder.

    Let there be awakening of the facts and HH the 14th Dalai Lama lifts the Ban.

  10. Camillia

    September 18, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Truly alarming! Imagine, the God King of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is surrounded by advisors and important assistants who are ill-minded and shallow in thoughts! And yet His Holiness knowingly or unknowingly allowed misdeeds to happen underneath his nose. Being exposed to a cult leader like Keith Raniere is secondary. The worst part is His Holiness breeds money laundering (by Phachok RInpoche) and endorses sexual misconduct (by Lama Tenzin), which is in direct violation of basic Buddhist tenets. It sets a long-lasting example to the hardliners and supporters.

    At this degeneration time and age, sincere Buddhist practitioners will need a breath of fresh air, where a more vibrant, eloquent descendant of reliable and unbroken lineage, will be able to, through his teaching, expel ignorance, misconduct and restore Vinaya among monks and lay practitioners!

  11. christine victor

    September 21, 2017 at 7:30 am

    H.H Dalai Lama is the symbolic of Tibet and also Buddhism. It is very heartsick to see the CTA are using Dalai Lama to get more fund. Worse the fund is neither for the benefit of Tibetan refugee nor Free Tibet. The CTA for over 50 years was just hang out in India taking fund and used H.H Dalai Lama to get their refugees status be more “official” to get more fund. All they do, is bullied not only H.H Dalai Lama but also own Tibetan refugees by making the Dorje Shugden’s ban so that the Refugees is not unite. And whoever listen and follow the CTA, they could get the privilege to enjoy and travel. Did the CTA really want to back to Tibet? Did they really work for the benefit of their own people or for their own enjoyment.

    I hope people who believe in Dorje Shugden’s ban should open their eyes to see the truth and not be the crime partner of CTA to bullied own Buddhist.
    😠

  12. Sarah West

    September 21, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Oh Lord Dorje Shugden how the world has degenerated! What a shame the Dalai Lama’s close associate has ruined Chenrezig’s reputation and standing.

    Lama Tenzin Dhonden will surely need Lord Dorje Shugden as his protector.

  13. Lhamo Dolma

    September 21, 2017 at 10:07 am

    This devious monk is also involved in a corruption scandal. It was discovered that he stole money from the Dalai Lama Scholarship Trust, of which he is the secretary. A group of Tibetan students in England have suffered badly due to his refusal to pay up the scholarship money they won.
    He also has a charity called Seeds of Compassion from which he steals money into his own pocket.

  14. Carrie

    September 24, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Apparently this Lama Tenzin got His Holiness the Dalai Lama hooked up with another strange guy who invited him to Los Angeles and now this guy is accused of not paying the venue. Why does Lama Tenzin keep connecting the Dalai Lama to all these people and how come no one stops him from risking the Dalai Lama’s reputation like this? What does someone have to do in Dharamsala to be reprminanded and removed from a position of power? You guys saw how Lobsang Sangye and Penpa Tsering fought with each other during the elections? The New York Times called it mudslinging and it turned the Tibetan government into a laughing stock because NO democratic government acts that way. What happened after that? Penpa gets REWARDED with a lucrative post in the US where he’s free to make connections with rich people who pity him because he’s Tibetan.

    I think I get it now. If you work in the Tibetan government and you behave badly, you’ll make money and you’ll be rewarded. Some kind of democracy.

  15. SabrinaS

    September 24, 2017 at 10:53 am

    This is so sad to learn that such people are serving such an attained Master as the Dalai Lama. Lama Tenzin Dhonden is only one of the many of the same who are serving the Dalai Lama. It just goes to show that those nearest to the Guru may not be as pure as one think. From this article we can see what kinds of people gathered around the Dalai Lama. So it will not be surprising they would use every way possible to milk Dalai Lama’s prestige and holy image for their own gain. In order to accomplish that, they would also have to maintain a facade to trick the public into believing in them.

    CTA is very adapt at this game, especially proven by the millions, billions of sponsorship monies received over their years as “refugees”. But really when one look at CTA, which one of them is still a refugee? Well, only the common people whom CTA suppress to keep them in refugee status to command sponsorship are the real refugees. Imagine all the monies and how much actually went towards helping the people elevate themselves into self sustenance?

    And on top of that to seemingly encourage “martyrs” in suicides of desperation. Who is the cause of this desperation? When you examine deeper, it is CTA’s fault as they had not returned Tibet to their people as promised. Instead they blamed China, they blamed Dorje Shugden and everyone else except themselves. From the recent Rangzen forum in Paris, it is obvious that CTA is against the Dalai Lama and his advise to pursue autonomy of Tibet. CTA is the villain of the Tibetans. Now world leaders recognise Tibet as a province of China and no longer interested in the flight of Tibetans In Exile nor their grouses of China. CTA simply has nothing to offer any longer. They had exhausted the honour of the Dalai Lama in their corrupt schemes. The common Tibetans-In-Exile lose as they remain stateless and undecided if they should continue believing in CTA or to take their livelihood into their own hands. Will the Dalai Lama be able to return to Tibet in this lifetime? How sad that the great monastic institute of attained Masters should be brought to this level by ill advises of greedy immoral personages. Well, the loses of Dharamsala had become the gains of the world as the great Dorje Shugden Lamas were forced to move to safety in other countries and from there Dharma grew and spread.

  16. Anonymous

    September 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm

  17. Amber Sonam

    September 24, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) really has cunning ways to garner monetary reward for themselves to the extend of camouflaging that under the sacred robes. Amazing how the Tibetan Leadership has not changed since the 5th Dalai Lama time until today – still corrupted, greedy, cunning and unethical.

    Tibet is such a small country and so small in population, yet they split into three fractions among those in kashag. There is a group who is anti-Dalai Lama such as Tibetan MP Juchen Konchok and friends who attended the rangzen meeting in Paris that oppose the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way, those who are in for there for perks, and a handful who wish to remain status quo. If you wonder why the Tibetans lost their country, you should know why now.

    In addition, all three groups wish to have Lobsang Sangay, the current Sikyong (President) to be expelled apparently he is the main culprit for the failure of the Tibetan Leadership and the sum he has corrupted for his own use is far greater than Tenpa Tsering, Dolma Gyari, Togyal Tsering etc. It is also a well known fact that Lobsang Sangay has been sharing his fortune with Dhardon Sharling who he finds comfortable relationship with. They are the new CTA sweethearts.

    As long as the leaders abuse their power and rights, they will not be united. Without unity, Tibetans will not fight their common enemy together and to work towards getting autonomy within the Chinese rule, there will be no hope for them to return to Tibet ever.

  18. sandum

    September 24, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Andybody is interested in finding out Dalai Lama’s mistresses?
    Someday, the world will be shocked to know how many….👍

  19. Rinchen from Chowgan

    September 25, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Such a shame to put HH into such a position! The Dalai Lama is surrounded by people who give him a bad reputation and do not follow his wishes.
    Same for Rangzen people who go against HH work for Umaylam. I will not support Rangzen anymore, who are members of the Tibetan Government in Exile, as they put HH in such bad light and do nothing for the Tibetans.😠😠😠

  20. Yuri Georgiou

    September 26, 2017 at 12:24 am

    CTA abuse the Dalai Lama for money and their own ends. You won’t get Tibet back that way. Respect the Dalai Lama and all other Tibetans and you will have harmony to get Tibet back. If politicians do things like this, the Tibetan government will not get Tibet back.

  21. Yuri Georgiou

    September 26, 2017 at 12:30 am

    CTA abuses the Dalai Lama for money and their own ends. You won’t get Tibet back that way. Respect the Dalai Lama and all other Tibetans and you will have harmony to get Tibet back. If politicians do things like this, the Tibetan government will not get Tibet back.

  22. Linda

    September 26, 2017 at 6:04 am

    How can someone uses His Holiness name to make money? This is very bad. His Holiness is a Nobel prize winner, He is full of compassion but his closest people is making use of him to get money, I am so disappointed.😡

  23. Sangpo

    September 26, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Though i’m a dorje shugden practitioner that is also suffering from the ban of my dear protector, I actually start to “symphatize” His Holiness Dalai Lama. Surrounded HH are all good-for-nothing (i guess this description is too mild and polite, but mind you, i have smth more evil to describe CTA but i do respect this website, so i rather not use foul language). They are using up their good karma everyday by committing negative karma to their fellow tibetans. What good karma they have? For being able to be so close to HH. Poor HH has to bear the negative reputation and be the bad guy, HH is a Buddha, please treat him and serve him like a Buddha, please don’t use HH for money laundry, self-serving and don’t stain HH’s name, pls. very bad karma. Tibetans believe in karma, no?

    Lama Tenzin dhonden, you’re a big shame to the sanghas and ur fellow tibetans, and HH. Pray to the Buddha not the money and woman. Shame!

  24. Pema Y

    September 26, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Shame Shame Shame!

    Lama Tenzin Dhonden please disassociate yourself with His Holiness. We do not want people like you to stain His holiness’ name. We practise pure dharma. People like you are not fit to wear the monk’s robe. 👎

  25. IRS

    September 28, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Those who have donated or contributed to Lama Tenzin’s
    “Friends of the Dalai Lama Foundation” take note –
    this foundation has filed IRS Form 990-N in 2014, 2015, 2016.

    In all three years, declared income is less than USD50,000.

  26. Wangchuk

    September 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    As a Tibet, I very shame of CTA very corrupt. CTA must stop use Dalai Lama name make money for self.😠😠😠

  27. Badrapa

    September 28, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    The Dorje Shugden ban is nothing but trouble to everyone including the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan CTA in terms of reputation and unity of the Tibetan people and of course Dorje Shugden practitioners as well. This is not to mention a distaste for the Chinese leaders looking in from atheist China. Therefore, it is high time to remove the ban and reform things.

  28. Chokey Lhamo

    September 29, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Shamdey. Lama Tenzin is shameless and not monk. How come our kalon and chitthue are not protect to Dalai Lama and Lama Tenzin can ask to Dalai Lama to come to USA. Lama Tenzin need to do shakpa confession and join back to dratsang and stop to run around in US

  29. Kunsang from Switzerland

    September 30, 2017 at 12:47 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.

  30. Tokyo Dalai Lama watcher

    September 30, 2017 at 1:03 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTgYWidYw3U&t=6s 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: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x62ocw1

    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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIP-vLuTnpw and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB_ISn6eY0Y&t=1688s . 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIDZLzXIgW8 . 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!

  31. Tsering Gonkatsang

    September 30, 2017 at 3:23 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if2dFMKIr_8

    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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIDZLzXIgW8. 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M30NL4hG8oA. 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: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x62ocw1.

    These practices show how Tibetan government is run.

  32. Sharling Tara

    October 1, 2017 at 2:31 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?

    😖

  33. Swiss Tibetan Rangzen

    October 1, 2017 at 3:04 pm

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

  34. Swiss Tibetan Rangzen

    October 1, 2017 at 3:06 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.

  35. Swiss Tibetan Rangzen

    October 1, 2017 at 3:12 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.😘

  36. Tenzin Palljor

    October 1, 2017 at 6:40 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. Watch how they behave to know the truth.

  37. Phayul commentator

    October 2, 2017 at 2:59 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.👎

    👎🙏☹️😣👎🙏

  38. Lhasang from Switzerland

    October 2, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Tibetan PM Ms. Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar is a disgrace fighting with the public. She should resign from her position. She represents our CTA government very badly.

    It is well known she is a Chinese agent and has been collecting money from China for many years. 🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳

  39. Amy

    October 8, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Such bad karma being created. Selling his connection to the Dalai Lama. Politics have no place in the spiritual world. And, yet, these people are scheming and plotting for personal gain; being paid to ‘legitimize’ a doubtful cult by bringing the Dalai Lama in. Shame!

  40. Ngawang

    October 9, 2017 at 6:56 am

    The Dalai Lama is surrounded by a big batch of people that are either politicians hunger for money or power. They are using the Dalai Lama’s name and influence to make their fortune, at the cost of Dalai Lama’s reputation, Tibetans’ welfare and Tibet cause.

    As long as you are having Tibetan leaders and people around the Dalai Lama who are corrupted, no Tibetan will going to go back to Tibet even after another 50 years are given. Unless, CTA who is the main culprit to all these corrupted culture is get rid of.

  41. Tashi Delhi

    October 11, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Dalai Lama does not want independence for Tibet but autonomy and all 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.

  42. Bylakuppe C

    October 11, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    See this comment on the Youtube video how ungrateful, greedy and nasty Tibetans 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.

  43. Tenzin Peljor

    October 12, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Tibetans use India. Everyone can see clearly the Tibetans don’t respect India and are very racist. Indians are finally saying no to 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. After 60 years, why are the Tibetans still refugees? 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
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTyAvVQpn7g

    SUMAA students heavily protest Part 2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_RmtPpfvNA

    Indians and Indian tribal people want Tibetans to go back to Tibet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaCQ7qvjEYQ

    Hundreds of Indians want Tibetans out of India. Protests are vowed to continue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=0oUTdHWxpkg

    Indian SUMAA leaders demanding state government to revoke refugee privileges for Tibetans
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnJozme8PCw

    And alternative videos:

    SUMAA students heavily protest
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRqCkcc4hfg

    Indians and Indian tribal people want Tibetans to go back to Tibet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdjuR-Y10NM

    Hundreds want Tibetans out of India. Protests are vowed to continue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTRbetGn4To

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

  44. Lovett

    October 14, 2017 at 3:55 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 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuKOjcpLH8A
    And then there are people who would oppose his view by shaving his head. Very silly.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M30NL4hG8oA

  45. Michaela Smith

    October 16, 2017 at 3:16 pm

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

  46. Lhakpa

    October 17, 2017 at 12:00 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. 😱

    🌎 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIDZLzXIgW8

  47. Lobsang Sangay

    October 17, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    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 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuKOjcpLH8A

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


  48. Jamyang

    October 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Looks like not only His Holiness emissary are getting into trouble…

    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… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIDZLzXIgW8

    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!

  49. Pema Schneider

    October 19, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Lobsang Sangay at the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Tibetan Settlement Office, Dharamsala: https://youtu.be/eInTi-E9na8

    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: http://bit.ly/2ysowTH

    And there is a video of Tibetans with Tenpa Yarphel’s name on the paper against him and asking him to resign: http://bit.ly/2zAH2af

  50. Matteo

    October 19, 2017 at 12:47 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuKOjcpLH8A

    What is absurd is that there are even people protesting against his opinion, and shaving their hair in protest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M30NL4hG8oA

    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.

  51. Lukar Jam supporter

    October 19, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Nechung oracle is not reliable. There is many proof in the past.

    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?

  52. Tashi, Delhi

    October 20, 2017 at 9:18 am

    What is the CTA for a club? Going around pretending to be a democracy and only because of HH the 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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuKOjcpLH8A

    What happens to Tenpa Yarphel now that he speaks up? Tibetans have started a Facebook page against Tenpa Yarphel and protest against him: http://bit.ly/2ysowTH. They even ask Tenpa Yarphel to resign: http://bit.ly/2zAH2af

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

  53. Dondrup Shugden

    October 29, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Lama Tenzin Dhonden is NOT the only member of the ELITE Cult who cheated the Tibetan refugees.

    Many more cheaters in CTA.

  54. ashrao

    October 29, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Unfortunately, the dream of Tibetan democracy is nothing but that. Look at this brave Tenpa Yarphel speaking up against the spirit Nechung (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuKOjcpLH8A). 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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M30NL4hG8oA). 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.

  55. Dawa Lhamo

    October 29, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Tibetan government are useless, they rely on Nechung https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuKOjcpLH8A

    Any you know what, their supporters even cut their hair off because they don’t agree with MP. This guy funny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M30NL4hG8oA

    What this going to change?

  56. ashrao

    October 29, 2017 at 12:29 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIDZLzXIgW8

    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?

  57. Tashi Gonkatsang

    October 29, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    This ashrao posted this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIDZLzXIgW8

    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.

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

    October 29, 2017 at 4:31 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
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M30NL4hG8oA

    2. Tibetan Parliament member representing Kagyu School Ven. Tenpa Yarphel speaks against Nechung
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if2dFMKIr_8

    Then of course, we have some intelligent individuals such as Geshe Dorje himself, who just wants attention, talks big but does nothing else 🙄 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIDZLzXIgW8

  59. Why CTA Why

    October 30, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Watch when Geshe Dorje interprets Nechung’s prophecies! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIDZLzXIgW8

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

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

  60. Michaela Smith

    October 30, 2017 at 7:20 am

    When will the Tibetan government in exile come to their senses? Nechung’s advices are unreliable !!!

  61. 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuKOjcpLH8A

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

  62. Amber Sonam

    October 30, 2017 at 8:18 am

    MP Tenpa Yarphel 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if2dFMKIr_8

    Yet, those in denial continue to support the corruptions within the CTA by shaving off his hair in protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M30NL4hG8oA

    He is also supported by Geshe Dorje himself who is riding on the Nechung issue giving no concrete proof as usual https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIDZLzXIgW8

  63. Michaela Smith

    October 30, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I would like to share with you about this courageous Tibetan parliament MP member 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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if2dFMKIr_8

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

  64. Utsang Victory

    November 14, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    See what Sikyong did this time!

    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.

    Source: https://www.tibetsun.com/news/2017/11/14/dharamshala-tibetan-settlement-officer-appeals-for-peace

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    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!

    Source: https://www.tibetsun.com/opinions/2017/11/11/tibetan-unity-in-peril-call-for-massive-street-protest-in-dharamshala

  65. Amdo Shapale

    November 17, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Sikyong did it again and now more trouble!

    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.

    Source: http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=39805&article=Growing+public+anger+as+Kashag+reluctant+to+give+clear+statement+on+NA+Rep.+row

    _____________________________________________________

    Citing Fatigue, Dalai Lama Appoints Personal Emissaries

    November 16, 2017 12:29 PM
    Yeshi Dorje

    WASHINGTON —

    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.

    Source: https://www.voanews.com/a/dalai-lama-appoints-personal-emissaries/4118315.html

  66. Ngawang Wangchuk

    November 17, 2017 at 10:29 am

    China knows how welcome President Trump…

    https://youtu.be/Na3lcejmqZ4

    The CTA…

  67. Ngodup Tsering

    November 18, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    There is a big problem because of Sikyong. Penpa Tsering sacked and reasons given was not really fair. Tibetans around the world are unhappy with this because it makes Tibetans and the Dalai Lama look very bad. See this that is shared on WeChat.

  68. Tsering

    November 23, 2017 at 9:31 am

    “Bottom line is STF! Follow the Chota Supreme Leader! Follow him blindly!”

    ——

    MY HEART ADVICE TO MY DEAR U-TSANG PEOPLE PART II
    NOVEMBER 22, 2017 (WILD JEPA)

    This is Tibetan domestic politics, not Tibet-China politics. So, keep the debate in context.

    Their modus operandi in silencing us is this:

    (1) Your criticism will create division within our community along regional lines. But when Khampas do it, either people claim it as their fundamental rights, or they will just ignore it. Shugden activists (99% are Khampas) talked shit about the Dalai Lama and CTA on youtube for years, and nobody lifted even a finger. Why this double standard? Why is it wrong for a non-Khampa Tibetan— who has not sold his soul to the Chinese— to blow a whistle?

    (2) This “division” will upset the Dalai Lama, and he will not live long. If something happens to him, then you are responsible. Don’t do it near the CTA and HH. You are a Shugden follower.

    (3) Such criticism will make our enemy glad and our brethren sad. Why are we doing this to ourselves?

    (4) We are an exile community and not an independent country so don’t copy the West. Shame on you!

    (5) If you want to criticize, do so to the Chinese. When you do, they tell you to do the Middle Way, not the Rangzen way!

    (6) Your freedom of speech hurts our unity. Stop comparing our society to others because we are refugees.

    (7) Your freedom of thought is disturbing the minds of our people and the peace in our community.

    (8) Your freedom of expression is a bad example to the Tibetan youth.

    (9) Freedom of speech has limits. Why are you doing the work of Chinese–our enemy? You are one brainwashed idiot.

    (10) You are hurting the Tibetan cause.

    (11) You are anti-Dalai Lama, anti-CTA, anti-Tibetan, anti-Gaden Phodrang, un-Tibetan, un-Buddhist, CCP agent

    (12) If you want to protest, then go to the Chinese embassy.

    (13) One scare tactic they use quite successfully is “The ghosts of regionalism from the 60s up to 90s will revisit our small community and the Dalai Lama will be upset.

    Bottom line is STF! Follow the Chota Supreme Leader! Follow him blindly!

    Their objective is to create fear, guilt, and shame in you, so you get paralyzed even to react, and that’s when they gain total control over you with ease. Our job is not to behave slavishly. No response can be more fitting than this! Their deflection tactic for criticism will fail!

    Anytime you criticize a Utsang leader, Khampas will tell you ” You are an honest upfront brave man!” But when you criticize a Khampa leader they will tell you,” I thought you were brave and honest, but you are not! You are rude! You are regional!

    Dear U-Tsangs, I understand it is not easy for you to come out of your deep slumber. For centuries, we practiced pacifism after having been inspired by Buddhism. But the price we pay for pacifism and meekness is the erosion of our pride, courage, unity, and determination. It is psychologically harmful to our children. No more nyamchung crap!

    Sing this new prayer with the same Tsemay younten tune, and you will get the message.

    Tsemay younten gyatsoe pel nga shing

    Nyamchung go la dho tar shak sha rey

    Jigten dodhang dhinday yin na

    Dhue nam yang khur thuppa mindhuk !

    When my nine-year-old son Gyakhab Rangzen asked me one day out of the blue “Daddy, why are our U-Tsang people so meek? “

    At first, I was taken aback at his observation. Regaining my composure, I told him “Son, we are not cowards. We had a central government, and so we abandoned tribalism for unity long ago. We are used to peace for long, and hence we forgot the art of war. And to protect our skin, we now do become selfish not realizing that it is harder to break a dozen arrows than one. Remember, we U-Tsangs once unified the whole of Tibet and conquered distant lands through war. We were warriors once. History is the witness. We can be warriors again”.

    He hugged me with his chest puffed up with pride and confidence. I will never forget that day because I was the happiest daddy and he was the proudest son in the whole world, and we both are hardcore U-Tsangs.

    Yes, in pacifism, we become rats. And when the rats get disoriented with fear they will attack the victim, not the perpetrator because it is safe and comfortable. We allow Khampas to use U-Tsangs to attack our own. Remember Yapchen Passang Tsewang attacked our hero Dawa Tsering with false allegations. Who can forget it?

    Tenpa Yarphel and his ilk bullied him for fifteen years over the Yongling school despite losing the battle legally many times. They also brought up false murder allegations against Penpa Tsering to bring him down to ensure the victory of their root guru Lobsang Sangay. What U-Tsang attacked Khampas so mercilessly with such hate and jealousy raging in their eyes in the past six decades? None.

    We respected them for their courage, straightforwardness, decisiveness, resoluteness and the help they render to their tribe. But what have we got back? Nothing but negative regionalism, intimidation, hatred, jealousy, bullying, exploitation, discrimination, insults, death threats, and assaults. Nothing but attacks after attacks!

    Now we begin to witness our patience has both depth and limit. Always remember, when a Khampa hurls outrageous allegations on a U-Tsang, our leadership is silent. But when a U-Tsang fights back, the administration goes reciting the mantra,

    “Om, Unity! Unity! Unity!”

    Call me names or do what you can, I will not budge an inch so should you not. Let the sky fall; I don’t give a damn. If regionalism and disunity are suffering–let both, not one–suffer!

    I will never ever abandon the death-bed advice that my father gave me long ago, “Even if you are reduced to a life of slums and misery, never sell your soul to the Red China who is responsible for the loss of our country and our dignity. Fight if you can as a Tibetan for nothing less than total independence. But if Khampa regionalism urinates on the head of U-Tsangs, then you should stand up first and fight as a hardcore U-Tsang! And lead others by example. When in international politics, play your Tibetan role: When in Tibetan domestic politics, play your U-Tsang role. ”

    Vow not to shove shit in to the mouth of a U-Tsang who served you butter and honey!

    Vow not to kiss the ass of a Khampa who urinated on your head!

    If you stick to these two vows then you are a U-Tsang who will earn the respect and votes of all other U-Tsangs.

    Don’t forget November 27, 2017 Monday 10 am sharp!

    Blast the Kashag building with slogans !

    P.S. If you know of corruption or injustice at high levels and if you have facts, evidence, photos, audio, videos, contact me–the Tibetan WikiLeaks at milarangzen@gmail.com

    https://wildjepa.com/2017/11/22/my-heart-advice-to-my-dear-u-tsang-people-part-ii/

  69. Ngodup Tsering

    November 29, 2017 at 11:12 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).
    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhubaneswar/dalai-why-puri-temple-doors-shut-for-non-hindus/articleshow/61746509.cms

  70. Ngodup Tsering

    November 29, 2017 at 11:13 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

  71. Ngodup Tsering

    November 29, 2017 at 11:14 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”

  72. Samten

    January 28, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Although the Dalai Lama’s secretary had previously denied that the Dalai Lama was paid $1 million to speak for Raniere, a trace has been found that the Dalai Lama’s trust has received US$ 2 million in donation ten days after the event. Raniere is the leader of a cult called NXIVM which brands women on their pubic region with his initials and requires them to give him nude photos of themselves and other damaging material in case they reveal the secrets of his cult.

    Although the Dalai Lama office continues to deny that the donation was related to the speaking engagement, one can’t help but wonder whether His Holiness would have received such donation if he did not come to Albany to speak in the first place?

    Dalai Lama Secretary denies $1 million paid to speak for Raniere; Yet Dalai Lama Trust founded 10 days after Albany speech with $2 million in donations
    January 27, 2018 | By Frank Parlato
    The Dalai Lama’s secretary has denied the Dalai Lama was paid $1 million by Clare and Sara Bronfman to endorse cult leader Keith Raniere. That may be true. He might have got $2 million.
    The Dalai Lama’s secretary, Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa, wrote:
    Clarification in Response to the Daily Mail Story of 24 January 2018
    The 24 January 2018 Daily Mail article by Ryan Parry regarding an appearance by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at an event held in Albany, New York in 2009 contains incorrect statements and untrue allegations. We wish to categorically state that His Holiness the Dalai Lama never takes an honorarium or fee of any sort, nor does he require that any payment be made to charities or organizations, as a condition of his making a personal appearance. Therefore, the reported allegation has no basis. Neither His Holiness the Dalai Lama nor the Dalai Lama Foundation ever received the alleged $1 million in connection with His Holiness’s appearance in Albany. As reported in the Daily Mail, during His Holiness’s talk in Albany in 2009, he called on the media to investigate the allegations made about the NXIVM organization and its founder, and was quite clear that the truth should be exposed.

    It is true, the Dalai Lama asked the media to investigate Keith Raniere. But whether he received money or not is another issue. Let’s parse the above statement a little:
    The Dalai Lama’s secretary said the Dalai Lama “never takes an honorarium or fee of any sort”.
    A donation is not a fee or an honorarium.
    The secretary said: “nor does he require that any payment be made to charities or organizations, as a condition of his making a personal appearance.”
    Again, the secretary says a payment was not required. But he does not say a donation was not made by Clare and Sara Bronfman.
    The Dalai Lama appeared in Albany on May 6, 2009 and he gave Raniere a white scarf onstage. He allowed the Bronfman sisters to sit onstage with him. [For readers unaware, Keith Raniere heads a cult called NXIVM which brands women on their pubic region with his initials and requires them to give him nude photos of themselves and other damaging material in case they reveal the secrets of his cult.]
    The Dalai Lama may have received a donation that was understood to be an ‘unconditional donation” not connected to his speaking engagement in Albany.
    He may have agreed to speak in Albany, and they may have agreed the donation was unconnected to his speaking so, therefore, it not ‘connected’ to his appearance.
    The Dalai Lama’s secretary does not deny that the Bronfmans donated money.  The Secretary said, “Neither His Holiness the Dalai Lama nor the Dalai Lama Foundation ever received the alleged $1 million in connection with His Holiness’s appearance in Albany.” [emphasis mine].
    I get it: He did not receive the $1 million ‘in connection with His Holiness’s appearance’ but, again, the secretary does not say the Dalai Lama did not get $1 million [or possibly more] from the Bronfmans.
    He only states the Dalai Lama did not get $1 million ‘in connection with his appearance’.
    It may have been what is called an ‘unconditional donation.’
    Now let us look at some coincidences:
    The Dalai Lama spoke in Albany on May 6, 2009.
    The Dalai Lama Trust was founded May 16, 2009. [10 days later].
    http://www.dalailamatrust.org/
    https://www.charitiesnys.com
    See the Dalai Lama trust’s IRS return for 2009.
    See also: Dalai Lama Trust certificate of incorporation.
    The IRS return shows $2.2 million in unconditional donations and royalties for 2009.
    It could be a coincidence, but it is peculiar that the Dalai Lama appears in Albany on May 6, 2009 and 10 days later the Dalai Lama trust is formed in the USA which gets $2 million plus in donations etc.
    When I worked for NXIVM/Bronfmans, I was told by a high ranking NXIVM official that, prior to the Dalai Lama’s coming to speak [before he canceled the first time] the Bronfman sisters pledged to donate $1 million to him.
    When he canceled, the sisters, plus Keith Raniere and Lama Tenzin, rushed to India to get the Dalai Lama to change his mind. I was no longer working for NXIVM. But I heard they offered the Dalai Lama another million [making it $2 million]. I never confirmed the second million, and I never saw the checks.
    It may be true the Bronfmans did not donate anything. But it seems far fetched that the Dalai Lama came at his own expense to Albany and got nothing in return. And then a trust suddenly opens in the US just 10 days after his appearance?
    http://artvoice.com/2018/01/27/dalai-lama-secretary-denies-1-million-paid-speak-raniere-yet-dalai-lama-trust-founded-10-days-albany-speech-2-million-donations/#.Wm0_0maB10J

  73. Tenzin Choejor

    January 30, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    In a letter by the Dalai Lama’s translator, Thupten Jinpa, he had said that The Dalai Lama Trust was “slowly getting caught in unnecessary distractions”. Here is an excerpt from the letter:

    “For someone who have [sic] had the honor and good fortune to serve His Holiness for over three decades, it had been painful to see how His Holiness’ name and legacy was slowly getting caught in unnecessary distractions (Albany-based NXIVM) and discordant messages (of rich and celebrity orientation). Especially, for the Trust, which is effectively His Holiness’ principal charitable foundation for the outside world, the last two years’ record has been, to put it mildly, quite embarrassing. The Trust has alienated most of its inter-organizational relationships, almost destroyed its infrastructure of the Tibetan graduate scholarship program with a majority of the independent reviewers resigning, and failed to support those international organizations that were actively inspired by His Holiness’ vision for the world and were undertaking high profile initiatives furthering His Holiness’ vision. Most sadly, the Trust has unfortunately acquired a reputation of being authoritarian, confrontational, petty, and uncaring, characteristics so far removed from His Holiness’ personal ethics. In particular, for those organizations and individuals who had been the recipients of grants from the Trust, frankly, the behavior of the Trust can be best characterized as that of bullying. If ever, some of the email communications from the Trust during this period were to come to light within the public domain, it would be a source of embarrassment for everyone connected with the Trust.”

    The Dalai Lama’s office had also called for investigations and the eventual of any wrong doings by the organisation.

    http://www.tibetanjournal.com/index.php/2018/01/30/daily-mails-article-dalai-lama-one-short-attempt-sensationalism/

  74. Tsering

    March 3, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist.

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