Top image caption: Kagyu MP Tenpa Yarphel (left) has been causing quite a stir during the most recent Tibetan Parliament sessions. He said that His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s private office were wrong to present an award to MP Dawa Tsering (right) who has been accused of corruption. His remarks led to a walkout of the majority of parliament. What kind of mature government walks out of parliament just because one of their leaders is criticized in this manner?

As yet another session of their so-called Parliament draws to a close, Tibetans are yet again having to deal with news that their political representatives have embarrassed them. An article on Phayul covers this incident, and it reflects how petty the so-called Tibetan Government in Exile really is. The article tries to paint a picture of a government that is modern, wide-thinking and important. However, an objective analysis of the issues that elicit the most emotional response from these members of parliament (MPs) strongly suggests otherwise.

What were the most hotly-debated issues within this Parliamentary session?

  • An award that Kagyu MP Tenpa Yarphel felt was given to the wrong person
  • Property that an MP Dawa Tsering has been accused of running as a private enterprise
  • Over-reliance on gods and deities like Nechung for advice regarding state, political and secular decisions

Do these sound like the markers of a mature government, or the concerns of a small-minded and narrow-thinking leadership? In fact, when MP Tenpa Yarphel said that His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s private office gave an award to someone accused of corruption, it resulted in a walkout of the majority of MPs. What kind of government walks out when an MP raises such a topic? No global government would ever consider doing such a thing; imagine if the British Parliament staged a walkout if one of the MPs spoke about leaders of the Anglican Church! Most of the subject matters discussed by the Tibetan ‘government’ in exile are petty, self serving and very small scope. It reflects their mentality and the core reason why they can never get their country back. How can the petty Tibetan parliament reach out and deal with a superpower such as China to negotiate a mutual good result in respects to Tibetans and Tibet? It has been 60 years and no results and no progress. China has firm grip on Tibet. The Tibetan government in exile has clearly failed and failed in totality.

It is very clear that members of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA; Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala) are only concerned about issues related to their own interests, which have nothing to do with their country or the Tibetan people. When it comes to topics about their people, you never hear of it in the news and more often than not, you might even see some MPs asleep in parliament because they are so disinterested. For example, why not discuss the matter of press and media freedoms, or religious freedoms for Dorje Shugden practitioners, or equal representation for the Jonangpas in Parliament?

Furthermore, any objections, especially those about the Dalai Lama, cannot be raised and when any attempt at transparency is made, Tibetan leaders are unable to handle it and have to physically remove themselves from the environment, just like petulant and impulsive children unable to control their emotions. Is this the kind of leadership that the Tibetans really want to be in charge of their political and social futures? This is something that every Tibetan man, woman and child must ask themselves and even though the answer may not be a pretty one, it will at the very least be the truth. And the truth is, for the sake of Tibetan unity and the people, it really is high time for some political changes in Dharamsala.

The Dalai Lama is a God King and beyond any blame, mistakes or questioning. Whatever he commands is followed to a tea without dispute. No one is allowed to debate, question or even consider another route. This has been the status quo since the 5th Dalai Lama till now for four hundred years of the Dalai Lama’s ‘dynastic’ rule. No other leader was allowed to replace the Dalai Lama and it is the same now in the 21st century. The Dalai Lama is an avatar of the God of Compassion according to the ordinary Tibetans and therefore cannot be wrong. The Parliament and Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay actually has no power. The full power lies in the hands of the Dalai Lama. So if anyone questions the Dalai Lama or his private office, people must show support they will not entertain this type of questioning as it can lead to your dismissal or your reputation being ruined hence the walk out. No one can question the Dalai Lama.

Tenpa Yarphel has tried to question the Dalai Lama’s private office which is hitting it close to home and look at the results. Tenpa Yarphel is honest, courageous and dares point out things that are not right. Let see if he will be branded a Tibetan spy as other Tibetans are who displease the leadership. Let’s see if Tibetan politics will be mature enough to handle questioning by patriotic people like Tenpa Yarphel or resort to serfdom again. 


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  1. Wangyal

    September 29, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Yes, it is Nechung Kuten’s fault for the Dorje Shugden ban. It was the Kuten-la that spoke to the ears of the Dalai Lama and convinced him to ban Dorje Shugden. We should abolish Nechung Kuten from TIbetan CTA affairs.

  2. Speak the Truth

    September 30, 2017 at 12:50 am

    MP Tenpa Yarphel is a strong, honest and brave person to speak out the truth in Tibetan society. Tibetans usually do not treasure honesty in public and rather keep things hush-hush for the sake of ‘peace’ or the uncomfortable status quo. Tenpa is truly wanting change in the corruption and lies the Tibetan exiled government otherwise known as CTA has been spouting. The bad human rights abuses and practices by the CTA against their own citizenry is outrageous. Very little is known outside Tibetan circles but it is leaking out more now. CTA is a mostly a group of people who are opportunistic and self serving. I’ve lived in Dharamsala over ten years and know the Tibetan CTA very well. 😖

  3. Doreen Park

    September 30, 2017 at 9:56 am

    How petty and hypocritical can the Tibetan leadership get? When a Kagyu MP Tenpa Yarphel spoke up in a parliamentary session against the private office of HH Dalai Lama for giving an award to an MP Dawa Tsering, who has been accused of corruption, the majority of the MPs walked out in a show of support for Dawa Tsering and also as a ‘protest’ against Yarphel for criticising HH Dalai Lama. Yet,when issues of importance to Tibet are raised, MPs have been caught on camera showing boredom by falling asleep or even walking out while the speaker was speaking in a parliamentary session!

    These MPs are hypocritical, considering that several of them had joined the 140 people who had gathered recently in Paris for the Rangzen International Conference! Wasn’t this a blatant act of going against HH Dalai Lama , who supports the Middle way approach for negotiating with China for freedom for Tibet!

    When will the Tibetan leadership think earnestly of the future of Tibet and Tibetans and reopen negotiations with China?

  4. Kunsang from Switzerland

    September 30, 2017 at 12:34 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.

  5. Tokyo Dalai Lama watcher

    September 30, 2017 at 12:53 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!

  6. Tsering Gonkatsang

    September 30, 2017 at 3:17 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.

  7. Tracy

    September 30, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    It’s strange that whatever Tenpa Yarpel has said about Nechung seems to go over the Tibetan’s heads. They don’t see the logic and the fact that consulting Nechung has brought nothing but trouble for the Tibetan cause and Tibetan social harmony.

  8. Dondrup Shugden

    October 1, 2017 at 6:37 am

    It is a joke that Tibetans in exile depend on CTA and its members to deliver anything to them or for them.

    “Tibetans” are being used to get donations to enrich the pockets of the CTA. Accused of corruption, walk out and no need to be answerable.

    Brave of MP Tenpa Yarphel to question Dawa Tsering but no effect.

  9. Tenzin K

    October 1, 2017 at 9:38 am

    The immature government resulted the failure of the Tibetan leadership to bring back Tibetan back to their homeland and also failed to take care of their people welfare. It has been long 60 years and looking at how they act in the Parliament session, it’s a prove of their failure.

    If the Tibetan still count on CTA for hope of better future it’s going to be a joke or rather a false hope. CTA will only use Tibetan for gaining donation for their own. CTA has billions of fund but we didn’t see any changes in Tibetan welfare until now. CTA use Dorje Shugden ban to cover their failure to keep their promise to bring Tibetan back to Tibet and use violence and harassment to divide Dorje Shugden practitioners. Where on earth you see a leader that already lost their country and further divide their people. At one hand CTA ask for freedom and the other hand CTA discriminate their own people just because they practice Dorje Shugden. It doesn’t make sense and the world is watching CTA silly act here and how would CTA gain support from others for their selfish and corrupted act?

  10. SabrinaS

    October 1, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Wow! This is a real eye opener piece. I must say that MP Tenpa Yarphel is really brave to query about the award to Dawa Tsering given the actual “toe the line” rule. Now wonder CTA has so much time on hand to waste. Look at their activities…nothing towards the betterment of their people (to keep them in “poor me” refugee status), nothing towards extending the olive branch for negotiation with China (to remain in the “poor me” being bullied by China) and everything towards sneaky mean actions to cover up their failures (ban on Dorje Shugden practice to distract Tibetans from questioning “why are we no closer to returning to Tibet”). Finally the effects of previous Feudal system of rule in Tibet is wearing off after 60 years of exile and someone dare stand up to question poor decisions. What a refreshing change! Hope the new generations overcome their years of subjugation to be able to think with logic rather than follow the herd.

  11. Joo Won

    October 1, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Parliament in modern politics serves as a formal conference for the discussion of public affairs, especially matters affect the national and people’s interest.To discuss small and petty things in Parliament show the level of maturity of the Members of Parliaments.

    It’s definitely narrow minded to discuss on small and petty things in this holy place, but it could be reflected that the MPs are afraid to discuss “serious” things that they might receive criticism or threat for raising “important” issues such as corruption, abuse of power and bias of policies that making the ruling party embarrasses. Too bad for the CTA to have discuss all these issues, how sad the want to control any voices against the group of people in power that making the MPs keep silence even on issues like corruption, abuse of power by authorities and Dorje Shugden ban which do harm to we Tibetan society, not able to stop. Too bad for the Tibetans who entrust them to manage their community.

  12. Rabten

    October 1, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I pray all Tibetan can unit.

    Stop discriminate Dorje Shugden people. Stop corrupt CTA.😠😠😠😠😠

  13. Sharling Tara

    October 1, 2017 at 2:26 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?


  14. Swiss Tibetan Rangzen

    October 1, 2017 at 2:58 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.

  15. Swiss Tibetan Rangzen

    October 1, 2017 at 2:59 pm

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

  16. Tenzin Palljor

    October 1, 2017 at 6:34 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.

  17. Rangzen

    October 1, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Sikyong Lobsang Sangi just interested in money and perks and the same goes for the ministers in the Tibetan CTA. They are all corrupted and ‘eating’ donations from the West but do close to nothing for the Tibetan pubic. May the Western governments cut or reduce funding to the corrupt government officials.

  18. Elibuchen

    October 2, 2017 at 2:37 am

    Tenpa Yarphel is very courageous, he knows fully well his countrymen, the Tibetans in exile.

    Due to ‘conflict’ Tibetan(s) can hurt one another also.

    So never underestimate the CTA people’s ability to do almost anything for their own selfish purpose.

  19. Tibetan American

    October 2, 2017 at 10:01 am

    I find this quote from Benjamin Franklin very apt to describe the decades-old causes which has led to the current disenchantment with the Tibetan leadership in exile.

    First they jumped on Dorje Shugden and turned it into a patriot (anti-Dorje Shugden) vs. non-patriot (Dorje Shugden practitioners) war. The false patriots won.

    They blamed China for every possible problem facing the Tibetans from global warming to selecting the “wrong” Panchen Lama. The false patriots won.

    Then they forced their way into where they did not belong, bought allegiances, installed puppets in monasteries and meddled in the Karmapas. They continued winning the hearts of Tibetans in exile who were only willing to subserviently follow their respective spiritual leaders. The false patriots won.

    Then they not so secretly obtained passports, citizenships, homes, donations, women, in advanced and rich countries while denying Tibetans even to hold an Indian passport or have CTA travel documents, basic rights in any country. The false patriots won.

    Real Tibetan patriots, wake up!

  20. Phayul commentator

    October 2, 2017 at 2:44 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.👎


  21. Badrapa

    October 4, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Time to unite Tibetan people with no bias against protector deity or religious inclinations. The Tibetan unity is very crucial now before everything falls apart. If the Tibetan leaders really want to benefit the people, it should start to be more secular and minimize and eventually work towards abolishing religious ruling like that Shugden ban. After all, this is the way of the future and it is what every democratic country in the world today practices.

  22. Anonymous

    October 6, 2017 at 6:19 pm

  23. 志建

    October 8, 2017 at 5:56 am


  24. Andrea Keating

    October 8, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    This does not sound like democracy to me. More like children playing a game… Walking out in a group to shut the subject raised being discussed was really uncalled for. They are not fit to represent their people.

  25. Bylakuppe C

    October 11, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    You can see for yourself in the comment of this 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.

  26. Tashi Delhi

    October 11, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    We all know 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. 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.

  27. Tenzin Peljor

    October 12, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Tibetans use India. It’s clear that they don’t respect India and are actually very racist. Indians are tired of this now and want them out. Now big protests in the hundreds are happening in Arunachel 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

    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

  28. 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 –
    And then there are people who would oppose his view by shaving his head. Very silly.

  29. Michaela Smith

    October 16, 2017 at 12:10 pm

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

  30. CTA LIES

    October 17, 2017 at 11:38 am

    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

  31. Lhakpa

    October 17, 2017 at 11:53 am

    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. 😱


  32. Jamyang

    October 17, 2017 at 2:09 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!

  33. Camillia

    October 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

    The parliament of Tibetan government in exile is narrow-minded and superstitious. They cannot be considered as a democratic government since they only listen to a retired God King, which is HHDL who in turn listen to the Oracle who takes trance of Nechung.

    MP Tenpa Yarphel is very daring to question the reliance on Nechung because by doing so, he is directly challenging the power of HHDL. It would mean that his life is in danger and he will risk his job, position, reputation, and everything, like the others before him.

    Yet, without representative like MP Tenpa Yarphel, the people of Tibetans in exile will be shepherded into ignorance and superstitions Hopefully more leaders echo MP Tenpa Yarphel’s example and start bringing important issues that is of national interest into Parliament session.

  34. Pema Schneider

    October 19, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Lobsang Sangay at 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 on the paper against him and asking him to resign:

  35. Matteo

    October 19, 2017 at 12:09 pm

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

    Look at the recent incident of MP Tenpa Yarphel speaking up in the parliament. Tenpa Yarphel has the right to speak and express his opinion, especially because he is a representative of the people, a Member of Parliament. Instead, he was criticized for issuing 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:

    It’s funny that he was accused of being sectarian, but the truth of the matter is, because of Nechung, Dorje Shugden practitioners were segregated, discriminated and ostracized from the Tibetan community in general all around the world. I guess this MP is sick of seeing the separation and had to speak up for the unity of the Tibetan people in exile.

  36. Anonymous

    October 19, 2017 at 12:38 pm

  37. Matteo

    October 19, 2017 at 12:41 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:

    It’s funny that he was accused of being sectarian, but the truth of the matter is , because of Nechung, Dorje Shugden practitioners were segregated, discriminated and ostracised from the Tibetan community in general all around the world. I guess this MP is sick of seeing the separation and had to speak up for the unity of the Tibetan people in exile. What do you think?


    October 19, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Tashi Delek! to all my freedom loving friends. To be honest with you, I’m just a Tibetan lay person and i don’t know much about Tibetan deities. My knowledge about tibetan dieties is almost zero.
    But as being a buddhist, what i know from my parent is, they were followers of Nechung and Palden Lhamo and i’m following the same deities.

    But in democratic society, each one of us has different belief and different mindset and we all must respect different views.

    But my confusion is!
    Why Chitue Tenpa Yarphel la was talking something different and insulted Nechung. From my understanding, Nechung Kuten is an offically deities and His Holiness also have close connection with Nechung Kuten.

    Let me make it short, Is there anyone who can elaborate more, so we can understand well.
    Thank you in advance!

    Lhaksam Khari Khatu!

  39. Lukar Jam supporter

    October 19, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Nechung oracle is not reliable. He didn’t help when british tibet in 1904. he gave wrong medicine to 13th dalai lama which caused His holiness’s death. Nechung is a spirit, not a buddha. spirits are dangerous, just like dorjee shugden. that’s why our knowledgable monk tenpa yarphel cautions us against nechung.

  40. Chering L

    October 19, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    What ever!! I pray to palden lhamo and Nyechung whenever I have to face some challenges and I feel good about it. They are my sources of spiritual and psychosocial strength . HHDL is my sunshine.

  41. Lukar Jam supporter

    October 19, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    “when men go desperate, they turn to gods. When gods have no answer , they tell lies ” – by prime minister Lukhangwa. His Holiness has also said in ladakh that he doesn’t have much faith in oracles. Dalai lama also supported Bakdro rinpoche when the later slapped on the face of a female Oracle Youdonma ,saying ” it is right that you slapped her. Sometimes gods are too much. ” So monk tenpa yarphel’s view chimes with his Holiness dalai lama’s.


    October 19, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    It is very difficult to agree your prime minister Lukhangwa word because Tibet is a buddhist country since thousands of years and according to my little knowedge, even today, Tibet buddhist wisdom is flourishing all over the world.

    Now the question raise automatically that how much depth Tibetan people knows their own culture. One time, one of the Indian scientist ask question to His Holiness, quote “Dear His Holiness, you always talk about science of buddhism and i always fascinated even i’m a scientist and i agreed what ever you said. But one thing i didn’t understood about your connection with Oracles Nechung Kuten. It makes me confusion! as a scientist i don’t believe in Oracles. His Holiness said, that is different level of phenomena and it needs different level of practice to experience that phenomena. His Holiness said, So, thats not your level. His Holiness laughed!

    So, from my personal point of view, i think, Chitue Tenpa yarphel’s views are very limited May be, he is lacking deeper level of understanding about buddhist Oracles.

  43. Lobsang Soepa

    October 19, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Nechung kuten is very rich more then tibetan govt.Monthly fifteen or twenty thousand what he will do.He give only wrong information.

  44. Lukar Jam supporter

    October 19, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Tenpa yarphel hero of Tibetan

  45. Tenam

    October 19, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Waering a red robe n specially being a Tibetan monk. Its a big sin retaliating against his Holiness wat a shame! Tenpa Yarphel shame.

  46. Lukar Jam supporter

    October 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Tenam, don’t speculate based on little knowledge. Don’t teach a monk about dieties.

  47. Tenam

    October 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Such type of chitue like Tenpa Yarphel are misleading Tibetans who dont know much about religion all over the world.

  48. Tenzin Tsomo

    October 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Are those monk chithue necessary in our parliament.. I suggest and believe that leave them to monastery only.. it’s so weird to see a monk speaking like that infact in a parliament!!

  49. Lukar Jam supporter

    October 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Monks know more about deities than us lay people

  50. Tenzin Tsomo

    October 19, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    If you as a monk speak like that than let me tell you one thing I have never seen a monk speak like that ever full of hatred. I just want to say that Nechung oracle is consider as Official State Oracle of the government of Tibet so you should respect it or atleast don’t need to insult it . For that I want to say you don’t deserve to be there if you don’t respect than don’t expect respect from me. You are an insult to monk ,I wish and pray he see this comment and learn to respect

  51. Dolma sachu

    October 19, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    nechung must not inter-fair in politics. I respect hh dl and nechung . If nechung decide then we don’t need parliament. Shut down and go back to old age system

  52. Tamdin Wanggyal Sherpa

    October 19, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Monk’s in Tibet parlement hahahahah what a joke all the monks go back to monasterey go back and fight inside monasterey ,monks place is monasterey not parlement .

  53. Karma Chokdup

    October 19, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Folks I guess all of you are smart people and everyone has gotten some intelligence and egos as well! I agreed that some monks and some lay Chitus don’t have the decency of putting their points and statements in a nice polish way. However, I agree to the points where we should separate our politics from religion including oracle prophecies! Now is the time to learn from our past mistakes and at least don’t repeat the same mistakes over again! It’s not only our history but we should learn from western history as well that why they separate churches from politics! Learn to live with our intelligence and reality rather living in mythology and unknown beliefs!

  54. Topga Mathang

    October 19, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    The Tibetan society by and large has always lived under the clergy-nobility rule for centuries.. the influence of the combination has shaped and moulded the cultural heritage of the Tibetans so much so that a simple decision of any kind is left to the outcome of the ‘MO’, a common belief and practice that is indispensable to all Tibetans. All said and done, the traditional religious belief and practices are there to stay and they are not going away anywhere and any time… hence Oracles including the redoubtable N is not going anywhere… Tibetans by and large would want them where they are.

    The debate has in one way might have served one useful purpose: the right to express one’s thoughts freely…even dissent on the most sacred ‘fetishe’ the oracle tradition. ..the lively and vigorous debates on the ongoing controversy is a healthy development in the right direction. People exercising their democratic right to express themselves openly without fear and biases portends well for the future of Tibetan democracy.

  55. Mulan Dolma

    October 19, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    We don’t want monk in parliament but we have no problem with nechung oracle deciding Tibetan future. Stupid, no wonder we lost our country to China.

    Tenpa Yarphel is brave and straight forward. Kudos.

  56. Pema Jinpa

    October 19, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    I guess your understanding of democratic concept is very limited. In democratic institutions,deities and devils has nothing to do. Those are the days before cultural revolution when dictators rule in pretext of deities and devils. Now it’s high time 21st century we should forget all those things,its not a big deal at all

  57. Tsewang Tashi

    October 19, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Tenpa yarpel Chinese dog ….you better to resign from Tibetan parliament…

  58. Tsultrim Namgyal

    October 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    How tenpa yarphel elected chithuee???

  59. འབྲོག་ རྒན།

    October 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    by vote!

  60. Rinchen Phuntsok

    October 19, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    My path is “what’s been said is said already. His words can’t effect u if ur faith is true” so let’s not get divided and fight among us. Whole world is laughing at us. We got bigger issues to deal. All Arunachal state tribal party and students union are trying to remove us. At this time we cannot afford to get divided. Think bigger, think long term issues

  61. Dovay

    October 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Most impotant of all for deciding our future course of action in our personal life or for issue relating to Tibet, does not depend on any God or Godess or dieties action. Faith based mindset divide us more farther away in our society solely because they don’t come down to debate or discussion or finding way out with unaninouse decision. Depending on God or dieties pathway was applicable in 1000 of years ago when reason has no place in the society. Why our approach is still has to do with dieties? Can’t our Chitue just sit together to solve with any issue without involving dieties.? Once God or Goddess get their hands in parliament, even Lobsang Sangay and his minister can’t do anything. period.

  62. Tsering Tashi

    October 19, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Amid the ongoing tussle between Chithue Tenpa Yarphel and a majority of Chithues, the central executive members of Domey today shot off a strong letter to Sikyong and his cabinet asking them to tame Mr. Yarphel or face unimaginable consequences.

  63. Lukar Jam supporter

    October 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Nechung oracle is not reliable. This is a fact.

    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?

  64. Michaela Smith

    October 19, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Another proof that the CTA is not capable of planting the seed of real democracy where freedom of speech, differences in opinion, and constructive feedback can be accepted. Tenpa Yarphel is being called a Chinese dog just because he said Nechung’s prophecy is inaccurate.

  65. Tashi, Delhi

    October 20, 2017 at 9:03 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 him and protest against him: They even ask Tenpa Yarphel to resign:

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

  66. tsewang

    October 22, 2017 at 5:59 am

    You don’t like you walk out? Are they adults? How can they be MP??? Not dare to face the truth?? 😏🤣

  67. nyima

    October 22, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Nechung is from the past during kings ruling time. Nechung has no place in democracy system in modern world.

  68. trinley

    October 22, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Other countries can become powerful and rich without oracles. Why can’t Tibetans?

    Ask ourselves. US, UK, China, Japan. Do they use oracle?
    It is time Tibetans grow up.

    Support Lukar 😍

  69. gyatso

    October 22, 2017 at 6:11 am

    MP Dawa Tsering you resign first. Show Tibetans good example 👍👍

  70. drolma

    October 22, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Tibetans don’t want leaders who are coward.

    MP Tenpa Yarphel has guts. Support HIM! We need more people like MP Tenpa Yarphel.

  71. dorje

    October 22, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Is MP Tenpa Yarphel able to keep his seat in the parliament after this?

    Do Tibetans prefer fake democracy?

  72. rabten

    October 22, 2017 at 6:31 am

    State matters ask Nechung? It is okay in the past but not now.
    Can Nechung advice win against China?
    Tibetans stop dreaming. Wake UP!

    Support Lukar 😊

  73. tashi

    October 22, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Why is the Tibetan government arguing about petty things again?

    Because they know they cannot bargain with China.

    They cannot manage Tibetans here well how can manage Tibet?? If they have promoted Tibetans culture and spread over the world it would be a different story. Look at Korea and Japan.

  74. Manjushree

    October 23, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Just like Lukar Jam, who was immediately ostracized for issues he raise! MP Tenpa is very good to raise such issues in Parliament. A walk out is indicative of the members not wanting to face the real issues head on, and opt to hide instead hoping it will be swept aside after a while. Why put trust in leaders who do not confront with real issues that their people are facing? They’re suppose to made things better, not worse, as it has been for the last 60 years! 😱😭😥😢😓 So disturbed reading this!

  75. ashrao

    October 29, 2017 at 10:48 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.

  76. Dawa Lhamo

    October 29, 2017 at 11:36 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?

  77. ashrao

    October 29, 2017 at 12:27 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?

  78. Tashi Gonkatsang

    October 29, 2017 at 1:06 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.

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

    October 29, 2017 at 4:26 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 🙄 :

  80. TseringD, Delhi

    October 29, 2017 at 8:15 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

  81. Why CTA Why

    October 30, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Watch when Geshe Dorje interprets Nechung’s prophecies!

    After the Nechung oracle takes trance, Geshe Dorje, a Buddhist master from Nechung Monastery explains his answers.

    Well, the video is from 2009 – so Nechung is wrong again! Who would rely on Nechung when all prophecies are wrong?? Someone with a hidden agenda maybe?!!

  82. Michaela Smith

    October 30, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Tibetan leadership is stupid. They should stop relying on Nechung.

    Geshe Dorjee Youtube link:

  83. Namdrol

    October 30, 2017 at 7:52 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:

  84. Amber Sonam

    October 30, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Finally MP from the CTA 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 continues to support the corruption 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

  85. Michaela Smith

    October 30, 2017 at 8:31 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

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

  86. Vajra10

    November 10, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Tibetans are going downward..deep down because of the CTA 🌶🕴
    Tibet cause is a total failure and wasted if they are leading by the CTA.
    Even though, CTA has the chance to lead the people back to Tibet, they can do NOTHING MUCH.. hopeless 😔

  87. Tashi Dolma

    November 14, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Conflicts among the CTA members only show that they do not care about the welfare of their people.


    What a shame! instead of maintaining unity and harmony, the CTA members are bickering among themselves.

    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?

    Oposing groups of people standing on either side of a crack in the ground.
    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!

    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.

  88. Ananda K.

    November 17, 2017 at 8:07 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.

    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.


  89. Ngawang Wangchuk

    November 17, 2017 at 10:21 am

    China knows how to get their act together

    But can the CTA do what China did with the President Trump?

  90. Ngodup Tsering

    November 18, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    This is now on WeChat. This Sikyong should just resign because he created so many problems, now more reasons for Tibetans to fight with each other.

  91. Lobsang Tsering

    November 23, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Heart advice for the U-Tsang People

    The Modus Operandi to silencing us:

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


    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 [email protected]

  92. Rakesh Chandra

    November 25, 2017 at 7:33 am

    It is time for the Tibetans to go back to where they come from. Because they do not know the meaning of the word gratitude

  93. Angry Nepali

    November 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    This Nepali woman is very upset with the Dalai Lama. Listen to her here बुद्ध भारतमा जन्मेका हुन भन्ने दलाइ लामालार्इ बेलायतबाट इशा गुरुङले दिइन कडा जवाफ The whole world respected the Dalai Lama but not anymore. He has gone mental and is total wrong. People donated thousands of dollars and kept the Dalai Lama’s pictures in temples and houses and had great respect. But now no more. Dalai Lama has upset people all over the world and should be very careful what he says in the future.

  94. Tibetans Go Back

    November 25, 2017 at 9:04 am

    This is what the Dalai Lama wants.

  95. Tibetans Go Back

    November 25, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Tibetans must know what the Dalai Lama want.

  96. Ngodup Tsering

    November 29, 2017 at 6:39 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).

  97. Ngodup Tsering

    November 29, 2017 at 6:40 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

  98. Ngodup Tsering

    November 29, 2017 at 6:41 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”

  99. Tsering

    March 3, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist.

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