MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar embarrasses Dalai Lama, attacks his student

In the latest shocking incident to take place in Dharamsala, MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar has been filmed violently attacking an American-Chinese tourist…



MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar, who was filmed publicly attacking an American-Chinese tourist

In the latest shocking incident to take place in Dharamsala, the member of parliament (MP) Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar has been filmed violently attacking an American-Chinese tourist, a Ms. Wen Qi Zhu. MP Lhagyari ignored Ms. Zhu’s protestations that she is a student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, continuing to attack her with her fists after a disagreement arose between the two women on the topic of Tibet’s history.

MP Lhagyari has been in the news quite a lot recently, and never for good reasons. She was seen in August 2017 attending an all-expenses paid rangzen conference in Paris, where she enjoyed nice hotels, cafes and sightseeing whilst gathering with other Tibetan rangzen activists to discuss strategies for a fully independent Tibet. Their meeting was in total opposition to the Dalai Lama’s umaylam approach (meaningful autonomy) which, as everyone knows, the Dalai Lama has strongly advocated for many years.

MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar seen here publicly accosting Ms. Zhu, who was protesting an exhibition about Tibetan history. Ms. Zhu is a student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and had just come from an audience with His Holiness.

Clearly however, MP Lhagyari has no respect for the Dalai Lama, his advice and his decisions. Her attending the conference put her squarely in the company of the rangzen people whom ex-Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche has previously said are the most dangerous in Tibetan society.

So in these shocking images and video above, as first reported by Phayul, MP Lhagyari can be seen attacking a Chinese student of the Dalai Lama. The lady, a Chinese-born American citizen by the name of Wen Qi Zhu, had just had an audience with His Holiness when she was attacked. Ms. Zhu also happens to be a sponsor of the Tibetan leadership, having made financial contributions to the recent teachings given by His Holiness. Despite these facts being made evident to MP Lhagyari, she continued to attack Ms. Zhu. Surely anyone including Ms. Zhu, would have been shocked to attend Dalai Lama’s teachings on forgiveness, tolerance and love towards all beings including enemies and their Chinese brothers and sisters. Then when she walks out, she encounters displays by MP Lhagyari that she disagrees with and MP Lhagyari became violent. Does MP Lhagyari represent the Dalai Lama’s exiled government correctly? The Dalai Lama preaches tolerance but his MP Lhagyari enacts violence on the streets outside his temple where the teachings were just given. People who disagree with exiled government of Tibet hear one thing from the Dalai Lama and experience the opposite from his government members. 

Ms. Zhu, circled in red, seen here at an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama after receiving teachings from him. MP Lhagyari attacked a student and sponsor of the Dalai Lama.

Questions have been raised about MP Lhagyari’s conduct, as she appears to be against anything the Dalai Lama supports. Not only does she advocate rangzen and gather with people who are against the Dalai Lama’s meaningful autonomy, but now she has also been caught on film attacking supporters and students of the Dalai Lama. Her behavior has been widely condemned as embarrassing of the Tibetan leadership and there are now calls for her resignation.

These are the facts:

  • Regardless of whatever Ms. Zhu said, and whether MP Lhagyari agreed with it, her behavior was most unbecoming as a member of parliament and representative of the Dalai Lama’s government. Is this the version of democracy that the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA; Tibetan leadership) espouses, one characterized by intolerance and violence?
  • Whatever the disagreement between the two ladies, Ms. Zhu was in India which is a democratic nation. Hence she was well within her rights to protest the exhibition. Likewise, if MP Lhagyari was going to establish an exhibition like that, she should have been prepared for opposition and learned how to deal with it properly. Even if Ms. Zhu did not agree with her, MP Lhagyari as a government official should have remained courteous and polite to someone who is a tourist and guest of India.
  • The Tibetan leadership are therefore immature, ill-informed and ill-equipped to deal with dissenting views. If anyone does not agree with the beliefs, their method of dealing with them is arrogant violence.

The brawl was witnessed by many people, who filmed the incident. Rather than helping, they gawked at the sight of their member of parliament attacking a tourist. The news is circulating on Tibetan social media now, with people making fun of MP Lhagyari’s questionable and embarrassing behavior.

  • For the Tibetan leaders, democratic principles are only applicable when it suits them. When they want to promote their own ideas, or when it will impress potential sponsors to give them money, then they will roll out the red carpet to show how democratic they are. But when other people have their own, different beliefs, they are not allowed to have them and in that case, there is no democracy. This has been experienced by many in the Tibetan settlements who have seen their freedom of speech stifled and freedom of movement restricted over the years.
  • MP Lhagyari’s inability to control her emotions, and to get proper authorities like the police to deal with incidents like these, makes her a poor candidate for any leadership position.
  • If this is the type of person who occupies a seat in parliament, as someone with so much latent violence in their character, it is therefore extremely conceivable that the CTA is very capable of organizing the same type of violence against anyone else who does not agree with their views. An example of this are Dorje Shugden practitioners who have been rioted against, stabbed, murdered and segregated against.
  • The CTA have so many policies that divide and segregate their own people on the basis of religion. Now they are getting some of their own karma back, why are they upset?

It remains to be seen how China will react to this latest incident but China may just bring up this incident as yet another reason to deny dialogue with the Tibetan leadership. After all, why open dialogue with a group of people who so violently and physically attack Chinese-born individuals?

A composite image featuring the details page of Ms. Zhu’s passport, indicating she is an American citizen born in China.

As for MP Lhagyari herself, she is now in a no-win situation. She is a very bad representative of the Tibetan government-in-exile. As a member of parliament of the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, she should understand and know how to deal politely with people against her views and not retaliate in violence with any member of the public. She can easily ask for the police which are nearby to intervene. The police stations are very nearby. MP Lhagyari and some Tibetans expressed shock that even in the Dalai Lama’s headquarters of Dharamsala, someone ‘dare’ opposes their view of Tibetan history. This shows pure arrogance and ignorance which is reflective of the Tibetan leaders in Dharamsala located in Himachel Pradesh state of North India. The American-Chinese national was not happy that Tibetans paint all Chinese in the wrong light and indeed not all Chinese agreed with the policy and events in Tibet. MP Lhagyari would not hear of this. No one is allowed to question, doubt or be in opposition of MP Lhagyari’s views which represents her exiled government’s views. If they do, violence breaks out as you see here. This is the Tibetan government-in-exile’s version of democracy. It is no wonder after 60 years of being ‘refugees’ they still cannot make any headway with China regarding Tibet. Who stays refugees for 60 years anyway unless staying a ‘refugee’ brings in free sympathy money from ignorant foreigners?

Thanks to MP Lhagyari’s actions, the CTA or exiled Tibetan government is now a laughing stock of the world. The Tibetan leadership has to learn to accept that the world is not going to agree with them on everything anymore. After 60 years of playing the refugee card to gain sympathy, while living the high life in India and immigrating all over the world, there is very little sympathy left for them. MP Lhagyari should resign and or apologize if she wishes to be dignified and represent the Tibetan government-in-exile as civilized and educated. 


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  1. Lobsang Tsundue

    October 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Tibetan parliament MP Ms. Lhagyari Namgyal Drolkar is taking money from China.

    She should resign from parliament🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳 She is a disgrace

  2. Phayul commentator

    October 2, 2017 at 6:04 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.👎


  3. Tenzin Palljor

    October 2, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Isn’t Mr. PM Lobsang Sangay and his Sharling Dhardon going to comment on MP Lhagyari la and her extreme violence on the streets of Dharamsala?

    Mr Sangay and Ms. Dhardon was last seen at the five star Taj Mahal hotel in the VARQ restaurant in Delhi together. They often go for dinners together and alone. They are very close and she got her position due to the ‘kindness’ of Mr. Sangay the PM of Tibetan government. 🇨🇳👍😍

  4. Jimmy Smith

    October 2, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    When I first heard that the CTA member Ms. Lhagyari Namgyal Drolkar went for a rangzen meeting in Paris, my respect for her went downhill. How could someone within the Tibetan leadership in exile went against the Dalai Lama’s middle way so blatantly after everything the Dalai Lama did for them. Without His Holiness, the incapable CTA and their members are nothing as the Dalai Lama is their biggest magnate of attraction. Shameful!

    And now this barbaric Ms. Lhagyari Namgyal Drolkar is attacking a Dalai Lama’s student who came for a blessing. Chinese or not, this lady came for blessings. Instead of helping to increase this woman’s faith in the Dalai Lama, Ms Lhagyari Namgyal Drolkar, attacked this woman and presented the Dalai Lama in the bad light once more. Ms. Lhagyari could not even control herself to pretend to be civil.

    Now I am personally convinced that Ms. Lhagyari is being paid by someone to discredit the Dalai Lama and to destroy the CTA. By doing this alone, most civilized people will be disgusted with her and the CTA. It may potentially affect the financial aid to run the Tibetan government in exile. What a shameful woman!

  5. Chokyi USA

    October 2, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Hello everyone, specially to our CTA Taxi union president Lobsang Sangay and his beneficiary Kashag members and followers,
    I am Chokyi I worked in Exile government 15 years.

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

  6. Wangmo

    October 2, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    For me my wish is for Tibet to be free from Chinese rule and for us to be able to return home. I realise that there is slim chance and so every opportunity to add to our chance is important.

    Lately, this website has made many comments about the CTA when previously it only focused on the dolgyal matter. I cannot say I agree with everything but like in this case, I am ashamed to say we don’t have enough good leaders and some like Lhagyari Namgyal is creating more shame than benefit.

    This was an opportunity to show the world that our Tibetan leaders have the professional attitude to run a country but instead I see a CTA leader behaving in a shameful way.

    So many scandals about CTA people and also those close to His Holiness. And Sikyong Lobsang Sangay does not seem to want to correct the mistakes. Instead of doing only dolgyal matter, he should clean up his own parliament and cabinet.

  7. Marissa Tibet

    October 2, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    By now, it should already be clear to everyone. The “Tibetan Independence Struggle” is not a true cause. Perhaps in the beginning, it was and there were members of the Tibetan leadership who truly believed in it. Those days are gone and today, the movement or whatever they like to canvass it as, it is just business.

    The louder the noise those like Lhagyari make, the more money they receive from those who are using the CTA as leverage against China. So why would Lobsang Sangay do anything? Are we still doubting that Lobsang Sangay is only out for the money?

    I gave up on the Tibetan struggle a few years after Sangay became Kalon Tripa. It was clear that Tibetans were never going to be free with a leadership team as self-serving and corrupt as this and when I see unprofessional behavior like this, I know I made the right decision to walk about from supporting the Tibetan cause.

    Is this the calibre of leadership who is going to deal with 6 million Tibetan people and a whole host of geo-political and economic issues?

    Lhagyari Namgyal can’t even handle one Chinese tourist.

  8. Tenpa

    October 2, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    What a shame to MP Lhagyari and CTA leadership as her attack to the American-Chinese who came for blessing and as well as a sponsor to HH Dalai Lama being treated with violent.

    MP Lhagyari act is jeopardizing His Holiness teaching and create more fire between Tibetan and China and this obviously show that MP Lhagyari is paid to against His Holiness.

  9. Christophe B

    October 2, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    What’s wrong if Lhagyari Drolkar supports Rangzen and Tibetan independence? Do you think Tibetans will have a good life under the CCP of China?

    How many years we the injis have been paying and supporting Tibetan cause, giving residence, fighting for Free Tibet? Until today, we are still giving money from our pockets. The Tibetans do nothing to appreciate our help, take our donation and now they want autonomy and go back to China with this Middle Way.

    Now you say Rangzen (independence) activists are “a bit more dangerous than the Chinese Communists or the Dhogyal practitioners”:

  10. Ashok Rao

    October 2, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Other people who have left comments here have said that they their estimation of Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar went down after they heard she attended that Rangzen conference, and went down even further after reading this article and seeing the video. Well… knowing what the Tibetan leadership is actually like, this really comes as no surprise to me. The Tibetan community are always talking about how their leaders are corrupt and violent. This is just another example of how the leaders suppress people that do not do what they say or believe what they say. Sadly they do this a lot to their own people as well.

    It is not just physical violence, they create huge divisions amongst their own people in terms of locations, such as Tibetans from one area of Tibet being biased against another; among religious beliefs such as the ban on Dorje Shugden and interfering with the Karmapa issue. These issues affect the ordinary Tibetan on a day to day level, from where they can eat, shop, or receive education or even medical care. They are the modern day epitome of the divide and conquer mentality. Which is a shame, because in the modern day and age, this isn’t the way to lead people. It never has been, but even more so now in the age of information, when it is so easy to expose them. Shame on them for the suffering they cause to their own people.

    • Tenzin

      December 22, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      This Guy is a Chinese paid Scum why are you all Fanning the Fire My God, u don’t even have a proper insight and just blatantly speaking anything u perceive. We can clearly see through your Facade stop spreading Hate

  11. Lovett

    October 2, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Lhagyari Namgyal Drolkar is stupid! Her rough, loud and offensive talk does not win any support and it certainly would not quell or subdue the equally loud and defensive Chinese Ms Zhu. It looks like she has met her match and I hope she is ready for lots of opposition as she is taken the Rangzen pro-independence stance that counters the Dalai Lama. It gives her the opportunity to feel with it is like to be Shugden practitioner. With more Dalai Lama followers experience discrimination first hand so they know what it feels like and that when given the chance, they might do something to remove the ban.

  12. Sarah West

    October 2, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Ms. Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar, an MP of the Tibetan ‘parliament’ in Dharamsala was seen attacking a Dalai Lama’s student, sponsor and supporter – all dignity and respect of the Dalai Lama and CTA went down the drain by her action. She brings great shame in her representation. Being a democrat, surely she must apologise and resign. She is dangerous. Also she is rangzen and is against the Dalai Lama’s wish for a meaningful autonomy of Tibet under China.

    Violence instead of tolerance and peace are always displayed by CTA and its representatives. These people defy the Dalai Lama’s teaching. Always painting the Chinese in a bad light, always bad mouthing them, always throwing rotting eggs on them, will they ever even secure a dialogue with China for their cause?

    My heart goes to the ordinary Tibetans who are trapped in the Tibetan refugee camps. Surely it is time for them to find their own way out of this unfortunate predicament before it is too late. It is best they go for an Indian or Chinese citizen where they can enjoy the full perks of her citizenship rather than being made used by the CTA and struggle for a living.

    I will not be surprised if one day CTA Lobsang Sangay one day come to realise there are no one left behind for him to rule.

  13. Jing Jing

    October 2, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    🤣🤣🤣 CTA truly ambarrased His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the behaviour of this MP from CTA attacking Ms. Zhu at the street Who’s CTA own sponsor, tourist and also student to His Holiness. I

    f someone like PM Llagyari can lost her mind and reacted violently in this way, what can we say about the CTA? Why so violent even after a nice Free holiday from Paris? Putting up some cheap posters and trying to pretend you have done your work as a PM? But then went crazy because being told not right?

    So this is the strategy about free Tibet? No wonder after more than 150 burning them self till death, what CTA did was just went to the victims and pay respect. Told them they are Tibet’s HEROES!! Yay!!! They sacrificed their lives because they believed in their leaders but didn’t they know their leadership did nothing for freeing Tibet. Not even close. Because their behaviour is lousy and they only want money for themselves.

    Why does China such a big and developed country would want to meet people like PM Llagyari? You yourself is not serious about it, why should China meet you? They got so many leaders in the world to meet why CTA? What do you have to offer other than His Holiness’s life? His Holiness is old now, why can’t CTA grow up and behave like adults.

    The only reason after 60 years CTA still behave like this because they simply enjoy maintaining their people as refugees so that they can enjoy receiving money from foreigners! They used His Holiness to make money for them. His Holiness being sold my them to give talk and get money. His Holiness is very compassionate to help, since day one escaped from Tibet, His Holiness brought everybody along, after settled down in India, He promoted Dharma, love, harmony and no violent all over the world. His Holiness gained respect and brought money back to CTA to feed his refugees in India yet money walloped by the greedy CTA. It’s ok.. His Holiness continue to work tirelessly and selflessly for his people. His heart broken seeing Tibetan burning themselves to death for Tibet.

    Didn’t you all realise that Free Tibet is not going to happen because CTA didn’t do enough before, didn’t do anything but splitting Tibetan now and after they have used up all their tricks, they will the money and leave India, enjoy good life in countries like Paris and USA!

  14. Tashi S

    October 2, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I agree with Wangmo that this was an opportunity to show the world that our Tibetan leaders have the professional attitude and worthy to run a country but instead what an embarrassing behaviour, so violent and so narrow minded and shameful. The CCP will sure be laughing at us now. So silly of the Tibetans who circulate and put this video up. Make them look more like barbarians, no wonder we lost our country.

    CTA is not only corrupt, they have silly leaders that don’t behave professionally. Thank you Lhagyari Namgyal for making Tibetans look like they are really from a village and not decent people at all. Imagine if this is the quality of the people in CTA, what more the people under them in general. Seriously, do you think world leaders are going to bother with us after His Holiness is gone? CTA might as well start packing up now.

    Thanks again for making Tibetans look like

  15. zopa

    October 3, 2017 at 12:25 am

    I don’t agree MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar attitude. shameful. 👎😦😧

  16. Lhakpa

    October 3, 2017 at 12:54 am

    I have never liked the Tibetan leadership, they are inefficient and many of them are corrupted. Those who are in power enjoys good life using the money that is supposed to be for Tibetan people. They have houses, lands and foreign passports that allow them to move freely all around world while normal Tibetans have only a refugee document. Indian government wants to take Tibetans as their citizens but yet the Tibetan leadership forbid them to get one! And now a hooligan politician who beat up a tourist, a sponsor of His Holiness. What can Tibetan Leadership do except to bring shame to Tibetans.

  17. samayakeeper

    October 3, 2017 at 1:25 am

    All people inside CTA only want money, power and control. They say they want independence so they can continue to rip sponsors of their money who give generously thinking it’s for the right cause. But donations are shared among CTA people.

  18. Pema

    October 3, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Ms. Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar brings shame and embarrass Dalai Lama publicly with her harsh behaviour. CTA just takes money from sponsors for their own benefit. I would not want to sponsor them anymore if they continue behaving like this. This is totally against HH teaching of compassion and non buddhist at all! 😠😯😯

  19. Doreen Park

    October 3, 2017 at 2:56 am

    There seems to be a widening rift between the Tibetan Government, CTA, and HH Dalai Lama, as the former show their true colours.Whatever disgraceful behaviour and anti Dalai Lama attitude is shown by MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar, is reflective of the general attitude and insolence of the CTA.It would appear that violence has become endemic with the CTA, as seen in the violence meted by them and their supporters towards Shugden practitioners.

    MP Lhagyari did not even pause to think that if one really held deep respect for HH Dalai Lama, one would also treat his students with respect. But like most other CTA members, it only mattered that whatever view MP Lhagyari held be supported unquestionably by all others. She would brook no opposition. Hence.when Ms Zhu, an American-Chinese student of Dalai Lama disagreed with her, she instantly flared up and became violent toward her!

    Now that the CTA is being showcased in an unflattering, indeed ugly light by MP LHagyari,isn’t it time for them to reinvent themselves and present themselves to all as respectful and respectable people? Respect must be earned first. Start earning it . Humbly and with respect to the Chinese government, who are respected by all who wish to see progress for their countrymen and women, resume negotiations with China for an autonomous Tibet, as the Dalai Lama has stated.

  20. Tashi

    October 3, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar not only bring down Tibetan Parliament but disgrace His Holiness Dalai Lama which a noble prize winner. His Holiness preach for harmony and peace dialog for differences. Now look at this cabinet lady that represent the Tibet an leadershipwhich acting totally opposite of His Holiness teaching and value.

    How CTA want to get support from the world? Truly showed that how violent and no democracy CTA is. Shame!👎

  21. Alice Weyworth

    October 3, 2017 at 7:33 am

    The Tibetan leadership is nothing but a bunch of codified gangsters who have been scrubbed up a little, given a title and told that they are leaders. I used to sponsor children in the settlements but if this is the education I’m paying for and this is how they are being taught to behave and this is the result, I won’t be doing it any more. The world needs more harmony and more people promoting unity. We don’t need more hooligans and hoodlums.

  22. Brian Little

    October 3, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Have CTA ran out of people and resources? Why do they need to go down to this level electing this Lhagyari as an MP?? Is this even democratically elected by the way?? Shame on her for doing that!

  23. Puntsok

    October 3, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Ms Alice Weywoth la sorry for shame. Pls not stop to sponsor children la. Lhagyri Namgyel Drolkar is not real Tibet leader talk big to make famoss. Maybe jelous to Dhadon for love Sikong

  24. Liwang

    October 3, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Beijing should stop all flights and tourists from going to India until India tells Dalai to manage his people properly. India should not let Dalai stay there. Dalai is a Chinese citizen. In China, if any of our leaders behaved like this, they would not have a job the next day. China will never allow our leaders to behave like this. All of them must behave with manners and civility because they represent China! If this lady represents Tibetans and Dalai, I don’t think they are capable to be leaders of their society.

  25. Tenzin K

    October 3, 2017 at 8:13 am

    This is how Tibetan leadership treat sponsors and Dalai Lama students. Being a politician should be professional to face confrontation & disagreement from opposition. How you want people to agree with you is to show reason in peace and calm with respect. This Chinese lady is a foreigner, sponsor and also Dalai Lama student. Isn’t Tibetan leadership should be more respectful in their hospitality? How would CTA wants the world to support them with such attitude?

  26. Morgan Smith

    October 3, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Guys! You shouldn’t be surprised that the Tibetan MPs behave like this: uneducated, barbaric and rude. In the Kashag, there are:
    1. Lobsang Sangay who is not interested in Tibetans welfare but cunningly seeks all opportunities to feed his own pocket and his romantic affair with Dhardon Sharing;
    2. Penpa Tsering who is a human trafficker, murderer, sex maniac etc.;
    3. Topgyal Tseting who goes against the Indian government and not corporate in the paperwork for Indian passport application;
    4. Dolma Gyari who bought herself an Indian passport at 50,000 rupees happily enjoys benefits as both Indian citizenship and Tibetan kalon but refuses to allow fellow Tibetans to apply for Indian citizenship;
    5. Dhardon Sharing who knows nothing about politics and any international issues but a puppet of the Dorje Shugden ban and a sex slave of Lobsang Sangay to secure all her benefits as a kalon;
    6. Tethong Wangpo who swore to fight for the welfare of Tibetan ended in comfortable life in Switzerland joined the anti-Dalai Lama rangzen group to bite the fingers who fed his luxury fat body…
    and now Lhagyari Namgyal Drolkar who randomly attacked the Dalai Lama’s student because of her nationality, showing her public conduct that is outright racist.

    Lhagyari Namgyal Drolkar went to the recent rangzen conference held in Paris where Tethong Wangpo was part of, and looked all decent and sweet in her presentation. In the backstreet back in Dharamsala, in fact right under the nose of His Holiness’s abode in Dharamshala, she picked up a Chinese woman randomly and get violent with the woman for the Tibetan’s issues. Lhagyari Namgyal Drolkar’s behavior is no different from the low class gangster or school bullies who simply pick up people they deemed weak to be a victim of their own emotions.

    In the video, Lhagyari Namgyal Drolkar behaves like a school bullies with a group of ignorant and stupid Tibetans who joined in blindly because of Lhagyari Namgyal Drolkar and accused the Chinese woman for all the bad that the Chinese leadership has done to the Tibetans. Well, it was the leadership fault that has nothing to do with the women in the first place! Then you have another stupid Tibetan recorded this event on video camera with narration making the scene into some kind of big issue.

    I don’t know about you, but this is just another scene that the backward and stupid Tibetans MPs do to further degrade their capabilities and credibilities. If you are donating to the Tibetan cause (maybe Middle way, maybe Rangzen until the Tibetans get united and decide once and for all what to do for themselves), you should not trust this kind of Tibetan Leadership candidates and President to use your hard-earned money, taxes and donations wisely. There are way more meaningful causes you can donate to but for sure not to this group of barbarians in the Tibetan Leadership where your money will be burnt into ashes!

  27. Joo Won

    October 3, 2017 at 10:10 am

    How would a member of parliament acts in this disgraceful and disrespect way? From the film can see Ms Zhu became impatience when arguing with Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar, however as a MP while facing with guest from foreign country she should be more polite, and try to convince Zhu why she protest, and her rights to present history Tibet as it politely. But she failed to do so.

    Even the people around Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar especially a man holding both of Zhu’s hands, showed that both of them (may be Tibetan leaders as a whole) when facing with disagreement, they are not able to react in polite way instead react in a violent way. They failed to understand disagreement does not means Zhu is the enemy, or they must fight with Zhu to “protect” their stands and opinions.

    No matter what, Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar failed to represent the Dalai Lama & Tibetan government well, people around her failed represent Tibetans well.

    That kind of mentality that you cannot have different opinions should be eliminated in order to become a progressive and democratic society. When you accused China is oppressive and you turn your back and show the oppressive face to others as well, it’s hard to convince people you are the victim, and fight for your cause.

  28. Chodron

    October 3, 2017 at 10:30 am

    This is not surprising. This shows Tibetan leaders are very well and familiar with all these violence, especially organised and structured violence towards the dissidents. They are so impatience and totally cannot accept when people confront them with even a different opinion or view. They talk no logic and rational, they allow no differences. Just like they cannot accept Dorje Shugden people, cannot accept other voices. But they want people to accept them as unique and special, they want Beijing government to allow minority to keep their own cultures, religion and etc. The concept of acceptance and democracy is not apply to all rules, see what situation fits and benefit them then they apply.

  29. Ngawang

    October 3, 2017 at 10:35 am

    What Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar did is against His Holiness. Why she goes against middle way and attacked His Holiness’ sponsor? This is rude. Should not happen. Do you attack your guest step in your house? People’s laugh stock. Bring shame to Tibetans. We do not want leaders who are uncivilised and showing bad example. Please apologise and step down.

  30. Ryan Tashi

    October 3, 2017 at 10:42 am

    This sort of incident is not something new. There are a lot of such incidents happened in the past but this is the first time i see an elected MP doing that. As we can see from the video, Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar is a nasty person and don’t deserve to be serving CTA. CTA will fall even more flat with this sort of ‘leaders’ at helm.

  31. L Lhundup

    October 3, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Hey MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar, more Chinese for you to attack –

    Audience members during the meeting with groups from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and China, listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking in Tokyo, Japan on April 18, 2014. Photo/Office of Tibet, Japan.

  32. L Lhundup

    October 3, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Oh looky more Chinese friends for you to attack…

  33. L Lhundup

    October 3, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Oh no, His Holiness is holding Chinese lady hands…

  34. Lhakpa

    October 3, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    What happened to Tibetan Kashak CTA govt talks with Chinese government? Why Sikyong Lobsang Singgi-la have no result when even Samdong Rinpoche managed a few talks with China. This is not acceptable. Tibetan cause cannot go backwards now. It must go forward and have result.

  35. untomable

    October 4, 2017 at 2:04 am

    😱 I cant believe this was happen, and so sad to see this.

    Ms. Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar is an MP of the CTA and as a Buddhist, how come can do like this to attack & bully people.

    Buddhist should respect and compassion to treat every one.

  36. Dondrup Shugden

    October 4, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Disgraceful and that is the standard of the MPs of CTA. People who bully others just because they do not share their point of view.

    Lhugyari Namgal Dolkar behaves like a hooligan, not with the graceful diplomacy of an officer of CTA. Obviously she does not practise democracy and does not like anyone who differs from her.

    Ms. Wen Qi Zhu is from America where freedom of speech and differences in opinions are encouraged. A country of democracy. Poor Ms Zhu, in Dharamsala even when you know the Dharma King, HH the 14th Dalai Lama, does not give you any preference and freedom of speech. You are a part of CTA disrespect for the Dalai Lama and it shows.

    Sad sad state of affairs with CTA.

  37. Sherabz

    October 4, 2017 at 2:39 am

    In the video, when Ms Chu shouted said “She is HH Dalai Lama’s student”, but she was still being caught hold of her hands and being attacked. For this instance, I personally think if MP Lhagyari is HH Dalai Lama’s student, she should have good practice of kindness, tolerance, respect and unconditional love and many other good qualities as what have taught by Buddha and HH Dalai Lama. Buddhism promotes peace and harmony, but MP Lhagyari’s actions may lead her breaking the vows and the samaya with her guru.
    If MP Lhagyari is not HH Dalai Lama’s student and merely a member of parliament, she must has great aspirations and fair idea in relating to the public welfare, issues concerned the country and so forth. As a member of parliament, she needs to adhere to the rules just as lawyers and doctors have shared standards across the profession. But, what MP Lhagyari has done was totally different and disgraceful.

  38. Camillia

    October 4, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Unbelievable! This is an act of hooligan, not members of parliament. As an MP, she is the representative of the people; she should behave accordingly. Or, is she trying to tell the world, this is how Tibetans in exile behave? This brought the question if a young and educated MP behave this way, is it a typical act for anyone in Tibetans in exile community to violently attack anyone who dares to voice out their differing opinions.

    And the person whom MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar attacked is none other than the student and sponsor of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. There is no regard for the students and sponsors of the God King of Tibet?

  39. Anonymous

    October 4, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Such disgrace! Even as an MP she can’t carry herself well. Whatever it was, you shouldn’t argue but explain in an educated manner. How embarrassing to be caught on video and letting the world know how members of CTA behave. Low and uneducated like many other ordinary Tibetans that are paid to go around harassing Shugden practitioners on various social media. The world is watching. I don’t usually comment but this is just unbelievable and I wonder if those pictures are real or not. Feeding rubbish to innocent people

  40. J. Ushri

    October 4, 2017 at 10:36 am

    First, MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar attends a Rangzen conference. (which cannot be any more anti-Dalai Lama)

    Then, she attacks another person, who happens to be HH Dalai Lama’s student.

    It’s no wonder that CTA is making Dorje Shugden the scapegoat to cover for the lack of progress in regaining Tibet. How can CTA progress with the quality of MPs like MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar? No superpower would support a government who supports self-immolation and has MPs who are openly violent, to the extend of bashing people up.

  41. Anonymous

    October 4, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    She is example of CTA. Rude and want to fight but not admit their own mistake! CTA will fall under this way of running. 😠

  42. Tibet

    October 4, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    You’ve done a masterful job of twisting this story around.

    MP Lhagyari prevented that Chinese woman from destroying an exhibition of Tibetan history and Chinese brutality, and then was physically attacked by that woman. She showed a lot of restraint under physical duress.

    The bigger point here that you completely missed is that Dharamsala is not only a spiritual place where one can attend teachings by the Dalai Lama and live blissfully unaware of the context in which those teaching come from. It is also a place where Tibetans can display their history, advocate for Tibet politically and socially, and express themselves freely. That Chinese woman was not ready to hear their truths.

    She, and you as the author of this distorted fantasy, should be ashamed.

  43. Badrapa

    October 4, 2017 at 5:18 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.

  44. Geraldine Sarie

    October 4, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    What a shameful act. MP is representative/image of CTA and her act of violence totally points drop to minus and below. Such poor and ill attitude shouldn’t exist in an organization. Her actions embarrassed not only to herself, but to HHDL and as well as CTA and TIBET!! I think Ms. MP should contemplate and examine herself.

  45. sierra

    October 4, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    It’s obvious that these politicians are there so that they can impose their views on others. They are so used to bullying behavior that they just act on their emotions and god help those who disagree with them.

    If as a member of the ruling party and a leader of the Tibetans in exile, MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar can behave so poorly, I dread to think how the ordinary uneducated Tibetans will act.

    What a horrible representation!!

  46. Celia

    October 5, 2017 at 4:37 am

    It really looks like MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar is becoming more and more emboldened in her defiance of the Dalai Lama’s wishes, from her involvement in the Rangzen conference to now violently attacking Dalai Lama’s student and sponsor.

    If she truly was serving the interests of the Tibetans and the Dalai Lama, she would behave like how any self-respecting MP in a democratic establishment would i.e. decently respecting other dissenting views whilst making her position clear instead of resorting to violence and tyranny against those who disagree with her.

    Then again, we are talking about CTA and so she is just applying CTA’s typical and ultimate manner of dealing with those with dissenting views – intimidation and violence to stamp out differing views and forcefully shove CTA’s position across. It is the same tactic used by CTA against Dorje Shugden practitioners.

    With MPs like these, it is no wonder that, to date, there has been no significant progress with the Tibetan cause or the welfare of Tibetans.

  47. Bruce

    October 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Reading all these articles here makes me really think what is the CTA up to! Wouldn’t it be logical to unite the Tibetans and give them a home! Whatever happened, happened! There is no going back especially against a giant such as China. And China is doing a good job in Tibet – only the CTA creates trouble! Why are they not cooperating? It seems that it only comes back to money! How can they do this after so much support from all over the world!

  48. KC

    October 5, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Both should really have conducted themselves better. It is one thing to stand for your beliefs/views but quite the other to react negatively when other people don’t subscribe to your view.

    That being said, it is undeniable that MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar is more culpable as she was reacting in her capacity as MP and such violent and disrespectful behaviour is not only unacceptable in a democratic setting but further reflects very badly on Tibetans and the Dalai Lama.

  49. Swiss Tibetan Rangzen

    October 5, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Tibetan govt in exile is corrupt, useless and keeps their people as refugees so they can milk more aid money to put in their pockets

  50. Dharamsala Son

    October 6, 2017 at 12:01 am

    These guys had an all expense luxury trip to Paris to attend a Rangzen (Tibetan Independence) meeting. This rangzen movement is directly against the Dalai Lama’s mdidle way autonomy. These guys are against our Dalai Lama.

  51. Dharamsala Son

    October 6, 2017 at 12:02 am

    These guys had an all expense luxury trip to Paris to attend a Rangzen (Tibetan Independence) meeting. This rangzen movement is directly against the Dalai Lama’s mdidle way autonomy. These guys are against our Dalai Lama.

    They are 100% against the Dalai Lama. We cannot support their views at all

  52. Dharamsala Son

    October 6, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Lobsang Sangay and Sharling Dhardon was seen in Delhi together at a five star restaurant having a cozy dinner. These two are very close. Lobsang Sangay and Sharling Dhardon are very wealthy while their fellow Tibetans are selling sweaters on the dusty Indian streets.

  53. Manjushri

    October 6, 2017 at 1:15 am

    For any leader, it is important to respond than to react based out of emotions that were fuelled at the moment. If they react in such a manner like how MP Lhagyari Dolkar did, how can they then be trusted with other much more important decisions that concern the entire Tibetan population? Who can have trust and faith in the CTA?

    MP Lhagyari is not right to have done this to a tourist, let alone Chinese tourist, who opposed of the MP’s views. She should be accepting of the views of others. If the MP, representing CTA, does not want to listen to opposing views, then she should not have had her exibition at all. She shouldn’t even be an MP. I wonder how many more in the Central Tibetan Administration is like MP Lhagyari? They do not represent Tibetan people well, and the rich culture of Tibet. I am ashamed to have MP Lhagyari represent us in the CTA.😰😰

  54. Anonymous

    October 6, 2017 at 2:39 am

    She never deserve to be MP how can a high ranking figure be so inhumane? Throw her out..

  55. Lang Dharma

    October 6, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    But the chinese woman entered Dalai Lama’s cosy little Elaka, or turf.
    poor dalai lama.

  56. SabrinaS

    October 7, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Somehow the behaviour of MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar doesn’t really surprise me. Not when the big boss Sikyong, Lobsand Sangay, is even worse. Anything goes as long as their pockets are well lined to face the eventuality when sponsorships dry up (which I think probably will be soon given that most world leaders are getting smarter and aligning themselves with China for better financial returns).

    However what grabbed me was that she is a student of the Dalai Lama, had audience with him as evince by the group photo and sponsored Dalai Lama’s teachings. Since she is Chinese and sponsoring, then what does it mean for the Dalai Lama? Hmmm! After all CTA calls Dorje Shugden practitioners Chinese spy and accuses them of being paid by the Chinese. Here officially it is said Ms. Zhu is a sponsor of the Dalai Lama. I think CTA needs to rethink again. CTA is accusing the Dalai Lama of being a Chinese Spy….maybe that is why CTA is going to Rangzen and not Autonomy. Hmmm….

  57. Namgyal

    October 7, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    yes it is truly shameful for a member of parliament to behave as such, this shows you the quality of the whole CTA. where is the compassion, where is the patience towards your “enemy”? the chinese woman just came out of Dalai Lama’s teaching, she is Dalai Lama’s guest, she is Dharamsala’s guest, whatever she did, as a member of parliament of the exiled Tibetans, Lhagyari should show a good face even when confronted, the only she will represent the Dalai Lama well, instead, she catfight with the chinese woman publicly on the street. Lhagyari, and the whole CTA, should be dissolved and shut down. Such “government” only brings bad name to Dalai Lama. i am sure the chinese woman has lost faith in the “holy” dharamsala after this.

  58. Michewa

    October 8, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Hi Dharamsala son, what u posted above are what i was told by my friends in Dharamsala!!! they match what i was told! I was shocked when i first heard about how sikyong and his fellow MP are so rich and living so lavishly, yet their fellow tibetans are suffering tremendously, living with no identity, poor, lack of resources and education and so on. Poor tibetans in-exile, i really pity them having to put under such corrupted leadership. Wake up Tibetans! Be united and realise your leadership is just using your “patriotic” mind set to make money for himself!!!!

  59. Bryan Frisk

    October 8, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Oh my goodness. This is representative of the Tibetan leadership? with no offence, no wonder they still cannot get back their country. The top behave as such, how would u expect the bottom to behave? Self-immolation, protests, fight against each other, discrimination among own people, ban this and ban that, so much segregation. Tibetans are really ruining their own nation, dramatic, greedy, narrow-minded, uneducated, unethical. (Of course there are good people in the community) Ms. Lhagyari, a sane person would have give up their seat in the parliament when such scandal is published, you are not fit to represent the tibetans.

  60. Michewa

    October 8, 2017 at 5:41 am

    “Chief Guest Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar said that one must always remember that the heart of our struggle is fighting for independence.” taken from :

    Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar supports Tibetan independence? isn’t this opposing Dalai Lama’s view on middle way? What His Holiness wishing is to gain Tibet autonomous right within China and not to be independent. If one doesn’t listen or cooperate with the direction of the leader, isn’t she a traitor? what’s her intention of having a seat in CTA? is there ulterior motive? hhhm…Maybe next time when Nechung take trance, sikyong can consult nechung the spirit? hhm…but…but i heard Nechung always give wrong information. Probably not so reliable. Well, there’s always bad apple in a basket, let’s see how SIKYONG manage this.

  61. Jonathan K

    October 8, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    MP Lhagyari should never have reacted so violently just because of opposing views from visitors. Regardless of how the American Chinese lady behaved, an MP should always represent the govt. Looks like this is acceptable behavior in the Central Tibetan Admin because none of her colleagues came to stop her bad behavior.

    Very disappointing to see this coming from a Senior official. Looks like the Tibetan govt in exile is AGAINST the Dalai Lama’s teachings on compassion, peace and harmony.😱

  62. Tenzin

    October 8, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    This MP is so embarrassing. She should not be representing Tibetans in any way especially not in the CTA!

  63. Tenzin Palljor

    October 9, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    This is a servant of the people, a member of the parliament of Tibet? This is shameful. With parliamentarians like this, Tibet will never get it’s country back. 😖

  64. Bylakuppe C

    October 11, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    You can see 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.

  65. Bylakuppe C

    October 11, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    We know that the Dalai Lama does not want independence for Tibet. 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.

  66. Tashi Delhi

    October 11, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Dalai Lama does not want independence for Tibet but autonomy. It is clear that 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.

  67. Tenzin Palljor

    October 11, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Tibetans use India. They don’t respect India and 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

    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

  68. Tenzin Peljor

    October 12, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Tibetans use India. They don’t respect India and 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

  69. christine victor

    October 12, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    MP Lhagyari could be purposely upset Ms. Zhu so that more peoples, sponsors lost confident towards H.H Dalai Lama and not to support H.H again. Through violently hit Ms Zhu, people whow view this incident could be shock and begin to doubt on H.H Dalai Lama.

    CTA have been a habit to settle matters that goes against them by violently strike back. Thus, it is not surprise to see MP Lhagyari behave such barbarian.

  70. Anonymous

    October 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

  71. Lovett

    October 14, 2017 at 3:46 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.

  72. Tenzin Choegyal

    October 15, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Whether inside the Tibetan territory or abroad, in Amdo, Lhasa Europe or the USA, Tibetan lamas have Chinese disciples. These lamas almost never tell or discuss with their Chinese students about the situation in Tibet. What’s the point to talk about what had happened in Tibet in the past?

    The lamas outside of Tibet have many issues to take care of in order to continue the propogation of Tibetan Buddhism, such as their visa, livelihood, maintaining foreign students and sponsors. The lamas in Tibet have to be politically sensitive, especially when it comes to religion and issues related to Tibetans in exile or in Dharamsala to not provoke trouble. These lamas, whether inside or outside of Tibet suffered tremendously, having to rebuild their institutions, monasteries, travelling or living abroad for many years in order to get donation to support their new monasteries in India or rebuilding their monasteries in Tibet.

    With all these problems, MP like Lhagyari Namgyal Drolkar didn’t think about how His Holiness the Dalai Lama worked so hard to preserve and promote the most important assets of Tibet – Tibetan Buddhism, travelling non-stop even after His Holiness has retired from his political position, her wish to fight for independence of Tibet, which is against His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s and the Central Tibetan Administration’s policies shows tthat she is not aligned with the Tibetan cause and definitely not worthy to be an MP.

  73. Andrea Keating

    October 16, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Watched the video. I must say it takes two to create a fight. It was obvious that the Chinese lady was unhappy about what were displayed. But MP Lhagyari Namgyal Drolkar actually agitated the lady to react. The worst was nothing was being done to calm the situation. It did not reflect well on the Dalai Lama at all… not to mention she is a representative of the governing leaders. What a shame!

  74. Michaela Smith

    October 16, 2017 at 12:06 pm

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

  75. Rinzin

    October 17, 2017 at 9:14 am

    @TseLha – I support to you what you say . Dalai Lama umaylam is not work la . China CCP dog are see to umaylam n think Tibet is weak hahaha weak , have they met to our Khampa !! Xi n Chinese dog meeting in Beijing in 2 day n Tibet is not hope for freedrom yet so why Dalai Lama say umaylam . Dalai Lama wrong to say to this , umaylam is say we are give up for Free Tibet . We must push for to the Rangzen eaven more n fight to China . Lhagyari I support to you to fight to Chinese dog . You r our chittue so must fight to China all the time , sometimes use hands. Gunda is fight to people n they are win 😜 Peaceful Dalai Lama way is not work n now we must take ACTION .BHOE RANGZEN. BHOE GYALO.

  76. Tenzin Yonden

    October 17, 2017 at 9:28 am

    @TseLha-la and @Rinzin-la,

    From one bhodpa to another, can the two of you stop making us sound like uneducated imbeciles please? There is nothing to be proud of when one of our government representatives engages in fisticuffs. The British Parliament, as well as the Congress in America where so many of our Tibetan brothers and sisters have taken refuge, never degenerate to this level in order to get their point across. Do we want to be like them, or like street dogs brawling? Get into the 21st Century man. Even in the Chinese Congress, the delegates never behave like this when there is a disagreement. Yes, even our enemies have better behavior than us.

    And to Chithue Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar-la,

    Please control yourself. You are a bhod kyi bhumo and is this how your amala raised you to behave? This is not how our precious Kundun teaches us to deal with difficult matters. If you are not fit for office, please say so and bow out gracefully. Just don’t go on various media and justify your behavior. You do that because you know you did wrong. If your behavior and action was correct, you would not need to explain yourself to anybody. The Chinese lady may not have been right to behave in that way about the exhibition, but she’s just a lay person.

    Don’t you think it would have looked worse on HER if you had just let her tear down the exhibit? But you didn’t think that way; you acted from ego, to make yourself look good by defending the exhibit. If you had thought long-term, you would have let her tear down the display and then used that to show how Chinese people don’t support freedom of expression.

    You need to think big and stop acting like some kind of drokpa. You represent the Tibetan people and through you, the world sees all of us.

    Thank you all for your time and attention in reading this. Tashi delek and peace to you all 🙏

  77. Anonymous

    October 17, 2017 at 9:55 am

  78. TibetansHaveNoFreedomFromCTA

    October 17, 2017 at 11:20 am

    The truth is 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. In this way they make you the traitor. This is how the Tibetan CTA deals with people they feel are a threat to them.

    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, doing very silly things like shaving their hair – like WOW big deal, to protest on Tenpa Yarphel. Lololol. Ridiculous!

  79. Lhakpa

    October 17, 2017 at 11:44 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. 😱


  80. Jamyang

    October 17, 2017 at 1:51 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!

  81. Celia Celia

    October 18, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Tibetan refugees are the most prosperous refugees on earth due to the kindness of the Dalai Lama. Ministers of the CTA have taken advantage of this kindness for their own benefit and not for the welfare of their own community. What a shame!

  82. Pema Schneider

    October 19, 2017 at 8:11 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 enemy is 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:

  83. Matteo

    October 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a a dedicated advocate for the principles of democracy. In September 2017 , Tibetans in India celebrates 57 years since 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. 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. What do you think?

  84. Badrapa

    October 19, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    This is ridiculous beyond measure ! Why does this Tibetan parliamentarian keep coming up in the news and for negative reasons as well. As a member of parliament, she sure does not know how to represent her office well especially in the face of opposition. I am sorry but it shows very badly on the quality of the Tibetan leadership. Furthermore, she advocates rangzen when the majority speaks of Umaylam as in accordance with the Dalai Lama’s wishes.

    Here, she acts just like an ordinary street ruffian who just resort to violence when she fails to convince her detractor. To the Chinese, it shows clearly that the Tibetans are unable to govern themselves and when such examples are presented in the news, how can any Tibetan wonder why dialogue with China has failed to reach a conclusion. Its a pity because very few Tibetans would see the situation on this level because very few are exposed to the world to get what I am saying here. Serious reforms are much needed.

  85. Lukar Jam supporter

    October 19, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Nechung oracle is not reliable. His predictions not come true.

    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?

  86. Michaela Smith

    October 19, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    The CTA is not capable of planting the seed of and implementing 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.

  87. Tashi, Delhi

    October 20, 2017 at 8:58 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. And their elections are a farce!

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

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

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

  88. Amy

    October 22, 2017 at 2:24 am

    There will always be hardliners on both sides of the divide. The difficult part is to be able to gather the knowledge and wisdom to be impartial to no one but the truth which is very hard to gather. The best thing for anyone is to be able to admit our shortcomings and compromise, walk the middle way. Which, in this case will not be to the CTA’s liling at all.

  89. drolma

    October 22, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Who are these “Tibetans” who keep saying chinese dog???
    Why Tibetans are keeping quiet over these vulgar people?? 🤦🤦

  90. Simone

    October 24, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Sad to see such things happening. Guess, being Buddhist no longer holds much meaning for them anymore. It’s more like wearing an old shirt that you wear without much thought. Thus, you call yourself a Buddhist without being aware of what the Buddha taught. How very sad.

  91. Vicki

    October 25, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    OMG! Shameful and bringing down the good work of the Dalai Lama as well. Actions of the children reflect on the parents. Action of the students reflect on the teachers. Action of the people reflect on the government

  92. Desmond

    October 26, 2017 at 4:15 am

    Is this how a Tibetan MP acts? So embarrassing. Like a bunch of village people.

    The Hong Kong lady was wrong to attack but the silly MP showed the world what kind of small, minded and violent too. I wonder what happened to this lady afterwards. Did anyone threaten her? Heard CTA is famous for such things.

  93. Anonymous

    October 26, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    @Michaela Smith, anyone who disagrees with the CTA or the Dalai Lama will be called Chinese dog. These people are so “good” that only their opinion are right. Everyone else is Chinese dog. Very tiring, trying to talk to these kind of people. That’s why suddenly Tenpa Yarphel is being called a Chinese dog just because he said Nechung’s prophecy is inaccurate. Shows the level that the CTA is keeping the poor Tibetans.

  94. ashrao

    October 29, 2017 at 10:44 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 enamoured 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.

  95. Dawa Lhamo

    October 29, 2017 at 11:33 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?

  96. ashrao

    October 29, 2017 at 12:24 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?

  97. Tashi Gonkatsang

    October 29, 2017 at 1:04 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.

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

    October 29, 2017 at 4:25 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 🙄 :

  99. TseringD, Delhi

    October 29, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    I m think Nechung is one of d best when I m watch to dis video By Geshe Dorjee la but now I m think is not d truth n he is lie to Tibet people we are 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

  100. Why CTA Why

    October 30, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Watch when Geshe Dorje interprets Nechung’s prophecies!

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

    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?!!

  101. Namdrol

    October 30, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Why are the very CTA people went to Paris to attend a conference that opposes the Dalai Lama? And all the expenses were paid for. So CTA spend the money people donated to them for their officials to attend conference that opposes their leader Dalai Lama, after that holidaying in Paris. Amazing! Corruption to the core!

  102. Michaela Smith

    October 30, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Another proof that Nechung prophecy is not reliable. The Dalai Lama and the CTA should stop asking Nechung for advice as they are harmful and give people false hopes.

    Geshe Dorjee Youtube link:

  103. Namdrol

    October 30, 2017 at 7:28 am

    MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar is representing the Dalai Lama, representing the Tibetan people, and to the world’s eye, she is representing the “holy” Shangrila which is full of happiness, calm and peace, non-anger, non-violence. Instead, the world got what more than what they bargained for. It doesnt matter how the Chinese woman acted, MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar as a Buddha/Chenrezig/Dalai Lama’s representative, should react like what Buddha/Chenrezig/Dalai Lama taught, non-violence, forgiving, calm, non-anger, non-hatred, instead, MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar reacted the opposite to the “enemy”, she retaliated, fought back, cat-fight, got violent, screamed…the true colors of CTA is out, they are not what you project them to be, so STOP SUPPORTING CTA, STOP GIVING MONEY TO CTA, STOP SYMPATHZING WITH THEM, CTA ARE HYPOCRITES.

  104. Namdrol

    October 30, 2017 at 7:49 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:

  105. Amber Sonam

    October 30, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Finally someone 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

  106. Michaela Smith

    October 30, 2017 at 8:21 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

  107. Michaela Smith

    October 30, 2017 at 8:23 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

  108. Tashi Dolma

    November 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    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.

  109. Karma Gunz

    November 17, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Looks like more 💩💩😀😆💩😆💩 for the CTA!

    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.


  110. Ngawang Wangchuk

    November 17, 2017 at 10:14 am

    China knows how welcome President Trump, but how he will be received in Dharamsala is a big question mark

  111. Yeshi Phuntsok

    November 18, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    While President Xi meets President Trump…
    Our dear Lobsang Sangay is having a meltdown with Sharling. This is why we are never going to get Tibet back.

  112. Lobsang Tsering

    November 23, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Heart advice for the U-Tsang People

    The Modus Operandi to silencing us:

    “Your freedom of expression is a bad example.”


    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]

  113. Rakesh Chandra

    November 25, 2017 at 7:23 am

    How dare this Tibetan treated the citizen of his host country so rudely

  114. Tibetans Go Back

    November 25, 2017 at 8:52 am

    If you are Tibetan, this is important.

  115. Tibetans Go Back

    November 25, 2017 at 8:53 am

    This is what the Dalai Lama wants and Tibetan should support.

  116. Ngodup Tsering

    November 27, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Penpa Tsering is sacked, and now maybe Dhardon wants his cushy job in USA. So she has to be nice to her big boss Sikyong to get this job.

  117. Amdo Shapale

    November 28, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok, after you visited Jonang Temple, will you visit a Dorje Shugden temple soon?

    Chorig Kalon Attends Special Conference on Jonang Tradition

    November 25, 2017
    Published By Jamphel Shonu

    DHARAMSHALA: Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok, Kalon of the Department of Religion and Culture, Central Tibetan Administration, today attended a special conference on the evolution of Jonang tradition and its present status at Duekhor Monastery near Norbulingka institute. The conference was organised by Jonang wellbeing Association.

    The chief guests at the conference were Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok and Gyalwang Gyaltsab Rinpoche. Other guests at the conference include settlement officer Dawa Rinchen and representatives from non governmental organisations.

    Kalon Karma Gelek Yuhtok also inaugurated a compilation book of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s speeches and teachings published by the Jonang Wellbeing association.

    Tsangyang Gyatso, President of Jonang wellbeing Association, explained that the objective of the Special conference was to revive and spread awareness about the Jonang school of Tibetan Buddhism, and to acquire equal religious status as other schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

  118. Ngodup Tsering

    November 29, 2017 at 6:24 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).

  119. Ngodup Tsering

    November 29, 2017 at 6:25 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

  120. Ngodup Tsering

    November 29, 2017 at 6:26 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”

  121. Tashi Dolma

    December 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Finally it is apparent to the public the main reason why His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently appointed the former sikyong, Samdhong Rinpoche, as his personal emissary. Unlike the current sikyong, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, who is unable to build any sort of rapport with China, Samdhong Rinpoche’s term as Sikyong was marked by no less than nine rounds of negotiation with China. Not long after Samdhong Rinpoche recent appointment as personal emissary, he was able to convince China to go back to the negotiation table. Samdhong Rinpoche’s visit to China also shows that the Dalai Lama is serious about wanting to go back to China.

    Tashi Dolma

    Dalai Lama’s Envoy Samdhong Rinpoche Discreetly Visited China
    In one of the hottest news unfolding recently is that His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s personal emissary, the former Prime Minister of Tibetan government in Exile, His Eminence the Samdhong Rinpoche is being said to have made a discreet visit to China! Besides the discussions going on in the Social media, an article in a major online media suggests the same.
    “In a rapidly-unfolding development, the Dalai Lama may have sent his envoy Samdong on a discreet visit to Kunming (China). Samdong’s visit, starting from mid November, must have been facilitated by no less than You Quan – newly-appointed head of the United Front Work Department that overseas Tibetan affairs. Quan, who formerly served as party secretary of Fujian, is a close associate of President Xi. He had earlier successfully dealt with Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan’s business communities.” suggested the report in The Wire.
    However, there are no any official information available about the visit. The article which titled as ‘The Dalai Lama Wants to Return Home’ suggested that the Dalai Lama appointing the emissaries and lessened foreign visits recently have significantly pleased China.
    “Appointing personal emissaries satisfies China. Beijing has been emphatically asking Dalai Lama to stop travelling to Western capitals, if talks are to be resumed. At the 19th party congress, the Tibet Work Forum chief told reporters that international figures have no excuse for meeting with the Dalai Lama. Recently, the Dalai Lama even had to abort his planned visit to Botswana, citing physical “exhaustion”.” added the report.
    Besides the article also suggested the while the former prime minister’s visit to China meant the working at the Five year’s plan to resolve the Tibet issue while the incumbent Prime Minister Dr. Sangay’s foreign visit during the same period meant the forming of sustaining the for the next fifty years if the need be for the struggle. This discusses about the Five-Fifty policy being endorsed by the Tibetan Administration.
    The article also noted that there is some hope in this juncture over the dialogue in view of the fact that the Chinese President Xi is reportedly known for having a soft side for Tibet while His Holiness himself has called President Xi has being open minded and a realist leader. However, the facts are yet to be seen and the past is very bitter as far as the dialogues despite having held more than ten rounds of talks having held between the two!

  122. Chering Dorje

    December 6, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    The Dalai Lama has been steadily losing international support as China continues to rise as a world power. No country dares to receive the Dalai Lama officially. Although the Dalai Lama’s statement of not seeking independence and wants autonomy within China is not new, his statement that “he would return to Tibet at once, if China agrees” may be a clue that the Dalai Lama have been pressured to seize the opportunity before the window for a deal closes a few years from now. See the article below:
    The Dalai Lama Wants to Return Home
    BY P. STOBDAN ON 04/12/2017
    Is India bracing for the potential fallout?
    The impact of the 19th Communist Party of China congress and affirmation of President Xi Jinping as China’s ‘most powerful’ leader in decades seems already to be having a bearing on India – especially on the ‘Tibet Issue’ that deeply intersects with the boundary problem. Is India bracing for the potential fallout?
    There may be more to the Dalai Lama’s desire to return home than meets the eye. The Tibetan leader’s November 23 statement – “The past is past, Tibetans want to stay with China” – carries a serious political overtone, coming as it does immediately after the 19th party congress and the Doklam standoff between India and China.
    The Dalai Lama’s statement that he is “not seeking independence for Tibet and wishing to stay with China” is not new; however, his declaration that “he would return to Tibet at once, if China agrees” has sparked fresh speculation of a possible rapprochement with Beijing.
    The sign of rapid thawing strangely comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Beijing. Most likely, Trump wouldn’t have made Tibet a pressure point in his dealings with Beijing; rather he would have dumped the Dalai Lama (whom the US fostered for over half a century) on the altar of a better trade deal and for securing China’s commitment to exert more pressure on North Korea. During the trip US officials made to Dharamshala prior to Trump’s visit, this prospect would probably have been discussed.
    The inevitability of this change was clear when the US had started faltering on Tibet even earlier, when Barack Obama had to welcome the Dalai Lama through the back door of the White House, signalling Washington’s inability to withstand Beijing’s pressure.
    Trump was not even inclined to embrace the issue, as he refused to meet the Tibetan leader and instead proposed zero aid in 2018 to the Tibetans, reversing the decades-old American policy. The State Department has also not appointed a special coordinator for Tibet.
    Surely it couldn’t have been a coincidence that a week after Trump’s China visit, the Dalai Lama abruptly selected two personal emissaries (for an indefinite period) to represent him in all ‘global engagements’. He has cited increasing physical fatigue, but the decision to appoint two “trusted friends” – former ‘prime minister-in-exile‘ Samdong Rinpoche and current president of the ‘government in exile’, Lobsang Sangay – was meant to send a calibrated signal to China.
    Anyway, the Dalai Lama has been working on a new plan – 5/50 vision – that envisaged a five-year strategy for returning to dialogue with China, but preparing for a 50-year struggle if needed – along the “hope for the best and prepare for the worst” proverb. The 5/50 strategy reaffirmed his middle way approach (Umaylam) as a realistic political means of realising the dual aim of his early return to Tibet and fulfilling the aspirations of the Tibetan people.
    Appointing personal emissaries satisfies China. Beijing has been emphatically asking the Dalai Lama to stop travelling to Western capitals, if talks are to be resumed. At the 19th party congress, the Tibet Work Forum chief told reporters that international figures have no excuse for meeting with the Dalai Lama. Recently, the Dalai Lama even had to abort his planned visit to Botswana, citing physical “exhaustion”.
    Within this rapidly-unfolding scenario, the Dalai Lama appears to have sent Samdong on a discreet visit to Kunming (China). Samdong’s visit, starting from mid November, must have been facilitated by no less than You Quan – newly-appointed head of the United Front Work Department that overseas Tibetan affairs. You Quan, who formerly served as party secretary of Fujian, is a close associate of President Xi. He had earlier successfully dealt with Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan’s business communities.
    Clearly, Samdong’s visit forms part of the first five-year plan to engage with China, while Lobsang Sangay’s 17-day tour to Europe and Canada is meant to sustain the struggle for the next 50 years, if the first plan fails.
    Will the talks succeed now? In the past, Chinese leaders stymied the Dalai Lama’s desire to return to Tibet. But there is a distinct possibility that it may bear fruit this time.
    First, Xi, widely known to have a soft spot for Tibet, hitherto kept his own approach close to his chest, fearing resistance from hardliners. Unlike others, he held the view that the prospects for solving the Tibet problem would peter out once the Dalai Lama is no more. Xi now finds himself in a perfect position to resolve the issue as no other Chinese leader could do in the past, for he also stands to gain personally both in political and moral terms, to become the most credible leader in China’s history.
    Second, the Dalai Lama too long hoped for Xi to change tack, as he hailed him as “realist” and “open-minded” in contrast to his predecessors. In fact, the Tibetan leader has admitted to having received positive signals from top Chinese officials, especially from the moderate elements as streams of Han Chinese flocked to meet him during Xi’s first term. In May this year, the party was shocked to find their own party members clandestinely funding the Dalai Lama.
    But, most critically, Tibetans living inside Tibet may have pressured the Dalai Lama to seize the opportunity and resolve differences during Xi’s second term, before the window for a deal closes a few years from now.
    With time running out fast, the Dalai Lama can be anything but hopeful. He has been steadily losing international support in the face of China’s rise as a world power. No longer does any country dare to receive the Dalai Lama officially.
    Apart from his own ageing, the Tibetan leader faces the challenge of keeping his flock together. For example, the delay in reaching a solution causes anxiety, uncertainty and division among his people. Even inside Tibet, rising frustration and hopelessness have been highlighted by people resorting to self-immolation. The number stands at 149 so far.
    And so, in what must be an embarrassing climb-down for the exiled Tibetan leaders, all they can do now is settle for the cause of “development”, besides hoping that the Chinese will not resort to repression of the Tibetan people.
    Therefore, in a way, we are likely witness the curtains finally being drawn on Tibet’s quest for an independent state. Tim Johnson knew this when he aptly titled his book Tragedy in Crimson: How the Dalai Lama Conquered the World but Lost the Battle with China.
    And finally, for India, the question is whether New Delhi has any role to play in this rapidly-evolving scene, and if so under what political parameters. There is no sign of anyone having even considered the impact of this. But to be cautious, any Sino-Tibetan deal would seriously risk undercutting India’s position on the boundary dispute with China.
    Seemingly fretful about impending developments, the Dalai Lama now finds himself walking a political tightrope by espousing reconciliation between India and China, “living peacefully by putting the differences aside”. He maintained a hands-off position and tried not to get drawn even into the Doklam standoff – instead calling for a peaceful solution. One hopes he is successful this time.
    P. Stobdan, a former Indian ambassador, specialises in Chinese, Tibetan, Mongolian and Uighur affairs.

  123. Tashi Dolma

    December 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Instead of working to benefit the Tibetan refugees in exile, the CTA is hit with scandal after scandal. The issues related to Penpa Tsering’s dismissal as the North American Representative based in the Washington DC could have been better managed if Sikyong Lobsang Sangay had launched a proper investigation into Penpa Tsering misconduct and obtained the related confirmation and evidence prior to dismissing him. Now, Penpa Tsering had nothing more to lose, and his only concern is to clear his name.

    On the positive side, it is good that Penpa Tsering came up with various refutation of the CTA’s claims regarding his performance. The public, the Tibetan refugees and the donors and sponsors need to know about the real truth of how the CTA operates, so they can make an informed decision as to whether they would like to continue their support for the CTA.

    Tashi Dolma

    Penpa Tsering challenges Cabinet to prove charges against him
    By Lobsang Wangyal
    McLEOD GANJ, India, 6 December 2017
    Penpa Tsering responded Tuesday to the Cabinet’s charges against him regarding his termination from the post of Representative of the Dalai Lama in North America. He presented a 97-page document which contained arguments refuting each point, and claimed that the charges were intended to blacken his reputation.
    He challenged the Cabinet to prove their allegations with documentation, and said that failing to respond, he will take further action.
    “I am a human being. I have family and friends. Even they will be dragged down because of the charges against me. I will not let this issue go scot-free,” Penpa Tsering said during a press conference that took more than three hours.
    He said that he didn’t start the fire, and that the current commotion in the Tibetan community was a result of the actions of the Cabinet of the Central Tibetan Administration led by its President Lobsang Sangay.
    He repeated his previous statements that although he did not accept the Cabinet’s accusations, he did accept the termination order, as it was the Cabinet’s prerogative to terminate the services of the Representatives.
    Penpa Tsering said that Sangay initially approached him for an appointment as the Representative in Belgium, a post the liaises with the European Union. But later, he was told that he has been appointed the North American Representative based in Washington DC.
    He felt there was a fissure even before going to DC to take over the position. He said that he met with Sangay in Delhi to seek his guidance, particularly to follow up on any CTA funding intiatives. Previous Representatives had the responsibility to manage the US government funds provided through the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). He felt that Sangay disconnected him from these responsibilities, signalling a lack of trust right from the beginning.
    The 10 points and rebuttals
    The Cabinet issued a 10-point clarification on 18 November of the reasons for Penpa Tsering’s termination on 7 November. Penpa Tsering said that the ten points were forced to create some reasons for his dismissal.
    The first point was an introduction stating that there was a growing trust deficit, under-performance, and insubordination. A few days before issuing the 10-point document, the Kashag said that three warnings were served, but Penpa said that he received only one.
    With regard to point two, which accused him of not submitting any formal reports, he said an order had been issued by the Department of Information and International Relations of the CTA to submit reports only on 20 April 2017. He showed documentation proof to that. He further said that the accusation that no reports were sent during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the US was in early April, prior to the DIIR’s letter.
    Point three cited as a case of insubordination, his announcement of Kunga Tashi as Chinese Liaison Officer in New York, and he said this lacked any truth. “I didn’t announce him as an appointee. I told the people of New York that approval has been sought from the Cabinet, once approved he will be appointed.”
    “I have made this clear through the DIIR, and when they got the picture clear, I never got any further inquiries about that.”
    Point four concerned “not following DIIR’s mandatory standing order” and not reporting “Dholgyal-related activities.” He said that the welcome rally by some Dholgyal followers to Xi Jinping had been reported to the Secretary of the Department of Security of the CTA, and further, that the accusation of not following DIIR’s order to send reports was after the event, as Xi was in the US in early April, and DIIR sent the order to all the Representatives on 20 April.
    The juxtaposition of the Dholgyal’s welcome to Xi in April and the Dalai Lama’s visit to the US in June are precarious, and raises the question of the coorelation of the two events. “It feels like a design to look for faults in order to terminate me had already been happening.”
    The fifth point accused Penpa Tsering of being “unable to schedule any such meetings for Sikyong” with Speaker of the House, or the Majority Leader of the Senate, or even with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
    To this, Penpa Tsering stated that the documents would speak for themselves. He showed several documents to prove that he contacted and tried to schedule meetings, but because of scheduling conflicts of the US leaders, no meetings materialised. “We had short notice of Sikyong’s visit, and we were unable to resolve schedule conflicts. Would it be right to blame me for these things which are out of my control.”
    He questioned how many of his predecessors from 2011 had scheduled meetings of Sangay with US leaders. “Have they been warned about not arranging meetings?”
    Challenging the accusation of “negligence raising funds” in point six of the Cabinet’s reason, Penpa Tsering said that there was a new Donald Trump administration, and many new contacts to be made. But despite that, his requests to State and Foreign Operations ranking members helped to get continued funding assistance for Tibetans from the US government.
    To point seven, the “closure of five bank accounts” of the Office of Tibet in Washington, Penpa Tsering said that due to political reasons, CitiBank announced the closure of the five accounts. “There wasn’t anything we could do about the closure.”
    “We informed the DIIR Secretary, and acted promptly as per Sikyong’s order to disperse funds to other Offices of Tibet. Sikyong’s claim that a huge loss in tax had occurred was a lie, as there wasn’t any loss in tax. The closure was not due to my negligence. The closure notice came all of a sudden for political reasons.”
    He further added that Sikyong was misinforming the public, and providing incomplete information and twisting the facts.
    Regarding the 1.5-million-dollar issue raised in point eight, which stated “the amount was not a loan”, but an amount that Tibet Fund had contributed and did not expect to be paid back, Penpa Tsering said that the accounting of Tibet Fund shows the amount as a loan every year.
    The Office of Tibet building was purchased for 2.6 million dollars in August 2014, with a contribution of 1.3 million dollars from Ganden Phodrang and a 1.5-million-dollar loan from Tibet Fund.
    Penpa Tsering said that Tibet Fund continued to show 1.5 million as a loan, but there wasn’t any documentation showing that the Office of Tibet is liable for repayment of the loan.
    During the audit of the accounts of the Office of Tibet, Penpa Tsering asked the auditor how best to solve this issue so that there would not be a problem in the future. The auditor told him that he would ask his senior in Dharamshala about finding a solution.
    However, the matter appeared in the audit report. Sikyong then summoned the Auditor General twice for showing the issue in the audit report. Penpa Tsering was charged by Sikyong for instigating the auditor to mention the loan issue in the audit report, failing which he would not sign the report. “I never thought it would become an issue. I was only trying to find a solution. The charge that I will not sign the audit report if the issue was not mentioned was a lie. The auditor could be asked, and what I said to the auditor could be asked to all the staff members of the Office of Tibet.”
    “If raising such an issue was seen as insubordination, then why should there be meetings? If we are not able to raise issues and are to just follow orders, wouldn’t that be an autocracy, not a democracy?”
    Concerning point nine, Penpa Tsering accepted that he had a long chat one evening with Dhardon Sharling, the DIIR Secretary, but denied the Cabinet’s charge that “he tried hard to convince a female Kalon nominee against working with Sikyong.”
    He said, “all those present should be asked about what he had said during the gathering.”
    The tenth point was a summary of the firing of Penpa Tsering and of providing for his replacement.

  124. Niko

    December 31, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Is this how a member of the Tibetan Parliament should act ? They can’t even carry themselves well even in public. What a joke.

  125. Thamchod Nyingma

    January 13, 2018 at 9:19 am

    China’s economic prowess is not to be underestimated. Leaders from various countries seek economic collaborations with China, who has been contributing to the world’s economic growth, especially in the past decade. The Indian Intelligence Bureau’s (IB) report highlighted the lack of opportunities in India for growth and advancement as the causes for Tibetan youth to willingly betray their host India and work as spies for China. Tibetan youth clearly have difficulties to survive in India as CTA failed to create sufficient jobs for the Tibetans in exile. This is a reality and we will see more and more trend like this and eventually Tibetans seeking improvement in their quality of life and intellectual advancement will leave India and ‘return’ to China.

    China recruiting “disgruntled” Tibetan refugees to spy on India: Intelligence Bureau
    Friday, January 05, 2018 19:56
    By Tenzin Dharpo
    DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 5: Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB) has reportedly said that China is recruiting Tibetan refugee youth in the Northeastern parts of India to provide strategic information in exchange for monetary gains.
    The IB, India’s internal intelligence agency, has issued a string of alerts that China is approaching Tibetan refugees settled in northeast India to provide strategic information about the area.
    According to The Print, a comprehensive report submitted to the central government will include how China had been targeting “disgruntled Tibetan refugees” in the region for the past two years and how many of the recruits have already left for China.
    An unnamed source from the IB was cited as saying “young Tibetan refugees” from Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and other parts of northeast India have been recruited as spies. “It appears to be China’s strategy to make a base in India to create a channel, through which it can constantly receive relevant strategic information,” the source told The Print.
    The same source also described the newer generations of Tibetans to be “volatile and vulnerable” whose desperation caused by unemployment and wish for a good lifestyle is tapped by China who assure money as well as job and education for their kids. 
    In addition to the report to be sent to Ministry of home affairs, the local police in the north east states have also been notified of the threat and may result in “scrutiny of Tibetan refugees” there soon.
    There are five Tibetan refugee settlements in the Northeast India; Choepheling- Miao, Dhargyeling –Tezu, Tenzigang- Bomdila and Tuting-Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh and Kunphenling- Ravangla in Sikkim as well as smaller pockets of Tibetans in Sonada and Darjeeling area overseen by the exile Tibetan government here in Dharamshala, known as the Central Tibetan Administration.

  126. Dekyi Wangmo

    January 13, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Instead of creating employment opportunities, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has nurtured a culture where Tibetans expect handouts and foreign aids to get by. As a result, they created a new generation of Tibetan refugees who are volatile and vulnerable, and always depend on others to help them out of circumstances. Now, Tibetan refugees in India do not even hesitate to compromise the security of their host country, India, who has been so kind to them, in exchange for monetary gain.

    China luring Tibetan refugees in India to work as its spies, Intelligence Bureau warns
    ANANYA BHARDWAJ | 5 January, 2018
    IB issues alert that many refugees settled in northeast India are being paid and offered jobs by China in exchange for strategic information.
    New Delhi: Amid rising India-China tensions along the Line of Actual Control, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has issued a string of alerts warning that Tibetan refugees settled in northeast India are being approached by China to provide strategic information about the area.
    While China has reportedly managed to convince a number of young Tibetan refugees to work as its spies in exchange for money, it is aiming to recruit many more, IB sources told ThePrint.
    According to the alert, based on which a detailed report will soon be submitted to the government, China had been eyeing disgruntled Tibetan refugees in the region for the past two years. Sources said that many of the refugees it has recruited have already left for China.
    “We received an alert stating that young Tibetan refugees settled in areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and other parts of northeast India are moving to China. We learnt that China is trying to recruit the refugees as spies in the area,” a source said. 
    “It appears to be China’s strategy to make a base in India to create a channel, through which it can constantly receive relevant strategic information.”
    The local police in the concerned states have also been sounded out about the alert. A report is being prepared and will be submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs, following which a scrutiny of Tibetan refugees in the area may start.
    “The present generation of Tibetan refugees is very volatile and vulnerable. While they wish to have a good lifestyle, they do not have any job opportunities. This is what the Chinese took advantage of to plant their spies,” the source said.
    “The Chinese reportedly not only promise them good money in exchange for information, but also a good job and education for their children in China. However, it is still not known as to how many refugees the Chinese have been able to mobilise.”
    Asked about the IB alert, a Home ministry official said: “It may be a possibility. We will look into it.”

  127. Yodon chela

    January 18, 2018 at 11:05 am

    China has been liberal towards Buddhist practitioners, including those who practice Dorje Shugden. In fact, there are 250 million Buddhists in China currently, almost three times more than communist party members. On the contrary, the Tibetan leadership in exile continues to discriminate against Shugden practitioners and politicizes the Shugden controversy to their benefit instead of promoting harmony among Buddhist practitioners. How ironic that the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) continuously criticizes China for their human rights issue, and yet the CTA fails to respect even the most basic human rights of other people, freedom of religion.

    Three times as many Buddhists as Communists in China: Dalai Lama’s Tibet wish may require rapprochement with former adversaries
    01/16/2018 07:27 am ET
    By: Martin Desai, Contributor
    Journalist and financial investigator
    Whilst China technically remains a communist country, it has over the last two or three decades relaxed draconian Mao-era rules, for example by opening the door to private sector capitalism and by allowing individuals to practice a religion of their choice, so long as it is not to be perceived as a potential threat to the stability of the state or of the Communist Party.
    There are now almost three times as many Buddhists in China as there are Party members. An official communiqué released in July this year estimated the membership of the Communist Party of China at just under 90 million. Meanwhile, the State Bureau of Religious Affairs estimates there are some 250 million Buddhists in China, more or less evenly split between Tibetan Buddhism and Han Buddhism, and 200,000 registered Buddhist monks.
    Chinese authorities monitor religious adherence closely, and are extremely sensitive to any challenge, real or imagined, that certain religions may represent. While the Chinese regime’s approach to Buddhism has been liberal – for example, no bans have been issued and open religious expression is permitted – it clearly takes the religion’s influence seriously, given its importance in Chinese society.
    Above all the regime fears religious divisions or unrest, as evidenced by the swift outlawing of the Falun Gong movement and imprisonment of its leaders after a series of demonstrations by Falun Gong members prompted fears that the group’s swelling support could one day rival the Party. The regime is also acutely sensitive to the possibility of what it sees as external interference – especially on the delicate subject of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism.
    A particularly divisive issue for the Buddhist community, both within Tibet and abroad is the devotion to the Dorje Shugden deity, a 400-year old practice that began in the 17th century and has become a major practice in Tibetan Buddhism. Critics of Shugden devotion say worship of the deity promotes divisions among the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism, all of which share the same fundamental philosophy, and whose differences lie in their interpretation of the extensive collection of Buddhist scriptures and the emphasis they place on various aspects of Buddhist philosophy.
    At the origin of the controversy lie a number of ambiguous declarations from the current (14th) Dalai Lama. On the one hand, he has appealed for non-sectarian cooperation among all branches of Tibet’s religions. However, he has also effectively excluded Shugden practitioners from such cooperation despite once regarding Dorje Shugden as an enlightened being and authoring one of the most popular liturgies to this deity. Some Shugden devotees have claimed that these ambiguous declarations amount to a de facto ban on their practice and this exclusion is tantamount to being exiled in their own communities. The Shugden de facto exclusion has already existed for two decades since it was initiated by the current Dalai Lama and has slowly stirred disunity in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China and among the exiled Tibetan communities.
    In 2014 the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet, which is chaired by the actor Richard Gere, said it had obtained a ‘directive’ from the Communist Party Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in China in February 2014 whose title translates as, “Some opinions on dealing correctly with the ‘Gyalchen Shugden’ issue”[1].
    The International Campaign for Tibet’s evaluation of the directive accuses China of seeking to gain a political advantage from the controversy. Entitled “China’s new directive on (the) controversial Shugden spirit in Tibet in (a) further bid to discredit Dalai Lama”[2], even the title of the critique dispels any expectation of objectivity.
    While the Chinese position is that the authorities are aiming to guarantee the right of all Tibetans to choose who and how they worship, the directive issued by the Communist Party Committee of TAR is couched in rather divisive language. It calls the Shugden controversy “an important front in our struggle with the Dalai clique” and “a deceitful ploy by the 14th Dalai’s clique to split the country…”
    The Chinese directive was made in response to the de facto religious ban implemented by the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Government in Exile, and to their suspected destabilizing activities inside the TAR. The directive proposes educational and law enforcement measures to be implemented inside the TAR to mitigate the risk of division and unrest that the controversy may cause. Tashi Tadchen, a representative of the European Dorje Shugden Society which was set up to create awareness of the supposed ban, says that following the exiled Tibetan leadership’s edict against the Shugden practice, there have been frequent clashes which at times have led to loss of lives between those who feel obliged to follow the Dalai Lama’s decree and adherents of the Shugden practice.
    The directive mirrors Chinese fear of discord within Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhism in general. What it does not do, despite the International Campaign for Tibet’s claims, is take a specific position on Shugden devotion outside the TAR. In spite of the content of the directive, the Exiled Tibetan Government and related NGOs around the World have repeatedly used it as evidence to attest that Shugden practitioners are “spies of the Chinese Communist Party.”
    A late 2015 report from the news agency Reuters looking into the Shugden controversy relied heavily on the Communist Party Committee of TAR directive, and especially the International Campaign for Tibet’s interpretation of it, as solid evidence that China is financing various Shugden groups in the West, in particular the International Shugden Community (ISC) which has seen strong support from individual members of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) and Tibetans living in the West. The NKT has meditation centres around the world and has been vocal in its public opposition to the Dalai Lama’s position.
    Even so, no concrete evidence has ever been supplied. However, whilst the intended objective is unclear, the Dalai Lama’s Shugden exclusion has created unrest amongst Tibetans inside the TAR. This is precisely what China fears. China sustains a “One China” policy to maintain stability and prosperity of the state. Any divisive conflict in the TAR such as the Shugden split, does not augur well for it’s objectives. This is not an objective the exile Tibetan Government necessarily shares and its ability to influence affairs in the TAR is one of it key bargaining chips.
    What we have, in effect, is both sides calling for unity while at the same time continuing to bicker. The Communist Party of TAR has certainly sought to politicise the rift, as the Dalai Lama and his supporters also appear to have done. The Dalai Lama’s comments have served to alienate Shugden devotees from other Tibetan Buddhists, and are somewhat jarring when considered alongside his calls for unity in the Tibetan diaspora. Shugden adherents have insisted that if indeed the exiled Tibetan leadership believes that the Communist Party of China is leveraging this issue, then a simple pronouncement by the Dalai Lama declaring an end to the de facto ban would have the effect of rendering it harmless.
    Could the time now be ripe to call for closure of hostilities? The Dalai Lama has recently expressed a desire to return to his Tibetan homeland, a wish that would have no chance of fulfilment without a significant thawing of China’s attitude towards Tibet’s spiritual leader.
    Harmony among Tibetan Buddhists is in the interests of both sides. Moreover, having said in November 2017 that “Tibetans want to stay with China” and that he would return to Tibet at once, if China agrees, the Dalai Lama has flagged a willingness to try and overcome the longstanding political impasse. In addition, a high ranking emissary of the Dalai Lama, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche – former Prime Minister of the Tibetan exile Government – was nominated in the autumn as the Dalai Lama’s envoy for talks with the Chinese authorities and is believed to have held secret meetings with senior Communist party leaders.
    Given that one of His Holiness’ early reasons for his criticism of Shugden worship – that it “harms the life of the Dalai Lama” – no longer seems justified given his longevity and continuing fair health, a rapprochement with Shugden acolytes may be a good starting point if his desired return to Tibet is to be anything more than a pipe dream.

  128. Tenzin Tsomo

    January 22, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Lobsang Sangay’s dismissal of Penpa Tsering with various accusations backfired, contrary to Lobsang Sangay’s expectation. Now, Tibetans are protesting and expressing their loss of trust in his leadership. Lobsang Sangay has to clarify a lot of things to the public, including the USD1.5 million loan with Tibet Fund. Tibetans are now beginning to see Lobsang Sangay’s true colours and are speaking up against him now.

    Sikyong Sangay, the ball is in your court now!

    By Mila Rangzen
    KOLLEGAL, India, 20 January 2018
    On 5 December 2017 former speaker Penpa Tsering made a detailed clarification rejecting every allegation, categorically, that Sikyong Sangay lobbed on him on 6 November 2017. But to Sikyong’s shock, the 10-point grenade of accusations didn’t burst on PT. It just refused to do so. It backfired.
    Sikyong’s attempt to tarnish the image of a dedicated public servant for both political and personal reasons has failed. With the vigilance and quick action from the public, the humble Tibetan people have spoken! The grenade burst back on Sikyong in the form of protest and loss of trust in his leadership.
    Sikyong never imagined even in his dreams that the Tibetan public would one day rise and speak truth to power right in his face. Terminating PT is the enormous miscalculation Sikyong made after being in office for nearly two years in his second term, and he is now paying the price.
    Many, including those who voted for Lobsang Sangay, are now beginning to see him as a shallow, fake, narcissistic, crooked, unreliable, cowardly, small-minded, touchy, egotistical, arrogant, greedy, deceptive, unappreciative of criticism, irresponsible, vindictive man, and also a sack full of outrageous lies. These are the characteristics of a wicked conman that HH abhors and does not wish to see in any human being, let alone Sikyong whose office is tied to the destiny of the six million Tibetan people.
    1. The claim that LS gave the representative post to PT by recalling his friend Kaydor Aukatsang to Dharamshala even before his tenure was numbered is a lie. The fact is that Gaden Phodrang was not happy with Kaydor’s performance in general and his election controversy in particular, so LS had no choice but to recall Kaydor and appoint Ngodup Tsering in his spot. This decision was taken long before LS posted PT to Washington DC. Yes, LS decided to name PT to the post of representative in Brussels. But that decision had to change later, and the credit goes to Gaden Phodrang, not Lobsang Sangay.
    2. What hurt Sikyong’s ego most was when PT, like an honest statesman, suggested that there should be a payable record with Office of Tibet when there exists a receivable record with the Tibet Fund regarding the $1.5-million loan. This process, he argued, sits well with both the accounting practices and the local laws. Article 6 of the exile charter states that the local laws must be respected at all cost. However, LS violated this critical article in the charter, as usual with a straight face.
    3. Narcissistic. LS asked former MP Koren from Europe to submit a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for him. Remember the picture of himself with Buddha in the background on a thangka hanging on the wall beside his desk? Thangkas are usually reserved for Buddhas and bodhisattvas. He has no shame in hanging such a thangka in his office. 
The irony is that he prefers to call himself Senge “Lion” instead of Sangay “Buddha.” When it was found out that his actual name is spelled Sangay in Tibetan in his Green Book, he insisted and changed to call himself Senge rather than Sangay. Also, his portrait photo lined up on par with HH during elections. His framed picture was carried by well over 60 supporters at the JFK airport recently, an act that is usually reserved for a religious figure like the Dalai Lama. This is all coming from a remote control in LS’ hand. Sangay wishes to be listed as a Nobel laureate alongside the Dalai Lama. He’s a dreamer, but that’s LS for you. How can he even think of competing with His Holiness?
    4. Egoistic. LS also asked MP Pema Chazoetsang from the US to submit his name for the Templeton nomination, a prize worth around $2 million which is usually awarded to a scientist who is prepared to say something nice about religion.
    5. Vindictive. LS terminated PT because PT raised questions with facts and compelling reasons whenever his duty required him to do so. You rarely see this kind of leader in our community except for MP Dolma Tsering who stands her ground and speaks up and grills powers that be. I salute her from the bottom of my heart because our community needs more leaders like her.
    6. Can’t stand criticism. The fact is he is a highly vindictive person. He can’t stand criticism let alone appreciate it. That’s the height of childishness sitting in the character of a man whom we expect to lead us through these dark times.
    7. About two months after the election was over on 20 March 2016, HH gave LS a dressing-down in front of the staff of Gaden Phodrang, Penpa Tsering, and the Justice Commissioners. His Holiness reminded him that he was telling everybody he met that LS was his political boss to create a decent image (but LS gets carried away as usual) of the Sikyong on both the domestic and global stages so that the Tibetan cause could benefit from it. But when LS blatantly indulged in lie after lie and falsehood after falsehood, HH asked him point-blank what was the point in HH continuing to live any longer if the man he praised publicly is full of lies. 
The entire dressing-down episode took only minutes. LS was the only one who refused to keep a copy. He merely wanted to feign ignorance of the contents if people demanded a copy of the same. He wept after the Speaker and Justice Commissioners left in front of HH. He wept perhaps realizing his outrageous lies could cost him his political career any time. Had HH dressed him down in public that would be the end of LS not only as a leader but even as an individual. HH can’t keep LS at a distance because he is an elected leader and it would look bad on the Sikyong if HH did, although the nature of his personality warrants otherwise. This is the problematic position HH is in. Long ago one of my brothers was a monk, carrying Nechung in a trance, at Namgyal Dratsang, HH own monastery. And with a connection in the right place, it is not hard to find a reliable, eyewitness source of information.
    8. It was LS who leaked the secret visit Samdhong Rinpoche made to China recently. Why? To put that on his list of achievements if any. To boost his political image, he makes sure the Tibetan public and the media are not left in the dark even on this secret visit of the former president! LS tipped off Indian intelligence anonymously, and Indian intelligence passed it to an Indian journalist who wrote about it first.
    If the current nightmare is to end soon, then it’s time Sikyong either declares PT’s clarification a bag of lies, or answers his conscience honestly and offers an apology to PT in public. The ball has been in Sikyong’s court for more than 40 days now. But there has been no response whatsoever from Sikyong. PT did not accept even a single accusation as real, and if Sikyong continues to remain silent, then it only means the truth is on PT’s side. Sikyong should also immediately apologize for deceiving the Tibetan public and creating chaos and rift in our community.
    Failing this, PT will have no choice but to leave no stone unturned in seeking justice, and that could include the taking of Sikyong to the Tibetan court and possibly the US court too on defamation charges. The clock ticks now!
    PS: Two pieces of good news! LS cannot come back in 2021. To do so, he has to win 30 votes in the Parliament. Both U-Tsang and Amdo parliamentarians won’t let that happen! PT is eligible to fight in the Sikyong election in 2021!

  129. Pema Wangchuk

    January 24, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama is expressing his wish to visit China again. This is not the first time His Holiness mentioned about visiting or returning to China. In fact, His Holiness made a strong statement in November 2017 that he “would return to Tibet at once, if China agrees”. Could this be another sign from the Tibetan leadership that rapprochement with China is happening soon?

    Dalai Lama Waiting For A Pilgrimage Visit to China One Day
    By TJ editor
    January 23, 2018
    The Buddhist spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the course of teaching at Bodh Gaya today told that he is praying for a pilgrimage visit China’s Mount Wutai one day. His Holiness concluded the Diamond Cutter Sutra teachings specially dedicated to the Chinese disciples presently attending in Bodh Gaya on Tuesday.
    While explaining about the significance of the holy place in China, Wu Tai Shan, the five peaked mountain, His Holiness told that he is praying to have an opportunity to visit the holy place to receive the blessings of Manjushri.
    “China has a special connection with Manjushri, and Wu Tai Shan—the Five Peaked Mountain is the sacred place associated with him. If you Chinese can do the practices of these two, Manjushri and Sarasvati, it will be of special benefit to you. Meanwhile, I pray that one day I may visit Wu Tai Shan to receive Manjushri’s blessings—and you can pray for that too. To make your having come to Bodhgaya worthwhile, try to develop an understanding of emptiness and cultivate a good heart.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama explained at the third and last day of teachings for the Chinese disciples in Bodh Gaya today.
    The Tibetan spiritual leader fled from Tibet in 1959, following the military coup by the People’s Liberation Army of China and sought refuge in India since then. Over the last six decades, the Tibetan exile community thrived to rebuild a national struggle and His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been very optimistic that he will be able to return to Tibet within his life time.
    Since His Holiness’s arrival to Bodh Gaya since the beginning of this month, he has conducted three series of teachings to thousands of devotees gathered at the holy place. While the first teaching was organised at the request of his Indian devotees, the third teaching was specially dedicated to the disciples from the Mainland China.
    The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama is expected to stay in Bodh Gaya till the beginning of February, there will be public talk Education for Universal Ethics in Schools and Colleges to students from private and government schools at the Kalachakra ground on Thursday.

  130. celia

    February 18, 2018 at 4:01 am

    Hardly surprising as CTA is riddled with MPs who are there for self-interest and not really caring about what is best for Tibetans. In fact, CTA tends to react negatively when other people don’t subscribe to their view and applying force, intimidation, and violence to stamp out differing views is normal for CTA. Just look at the same tactic used by CTA against Dorje Shugden practitioners. Seriously, with MPs like these, how to expect significant progress or improvements with the Tibetan cause or the welfare of Tibetans?

  131. Tsering

    March 3, 2018 at 6:25 am

    Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist.

  132. Anonymous

    June 20, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    only take news and fake people comments….. !!

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