Top image caption: Those who fight for rangzen (independence) claim to be pro-Tibet. In reality, while they may be pro-Tibet, their very platform is anti-Dalai Lama because they oppose the Dalai Lama who has said very clearly that umaylam (autonomy) is the best approach for all Tibetans.

DHARAMSALA – The past few months have been awash with news about Lobsang Sangay and Penpa Tsering’s catfight dragged into the public eye. While the Tibetan public’s attention has been captured by this, another underlying problem continues to brew and seethe, that most have become distracted from and few continue to pay attention to.

The public squabbling between Penpa Tsering (left) and Lobsang Sangay (right) has overshadowed the rangzen versus umaylam debate, a topic that affects the entire Tibetan community. Was the squabbling manufactured to distract the Tibetans from the rangzen versus umaylam issue? With the Tibetan leadership, any underhanded tactics like these are always possible.

Before this latest scandal erupted, and through it all, His Holiness the Dalai Lama repeatedly stated that he is for the Middle Way Approach, also known as umaylam or meaningful autonomy. It is the Dalai Lama’s belief that this is the best route for all Tibetans and their future. However, this statement has clearly fallen onto many deaf ears as prominent rangzen (independence) activists continue to fight for full independence for Tibet.

While no one denies that it is a person’s right to support whatever they like, what cannot be ignored is the fact these people are directly opposing something the Dalai Lama has said very clearly will be for the betterment of all Tibetans. And despite His Holiness’ clear and unchanging views on the matter, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA; Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala) do nothing about the festering rangzen group. In fact, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay has even been filmed saying the Dalai Lama’s umaylam has failed. If umaylam does not work, what is the alternative but rangzen? Could it be that Sangay is a closet rangzen supporter and has been lying to the people about his umaylam supporting all this while?


In view of all of this, the author would like to draw attention to a few salient points:

  • The rangzen group is clearly and overtly against the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way Approach or umaylam. This policy is about something fundamental (Tibet’s freedom versus autonomy under China) and it affects every single Tibetan now and in the future, for generations to come.
  • By comparison, the Dorje Shugden issue affects far fewer people than “rangzen versus umaylam”. The Dorje Shugden practice only concerns Gelugpas, and not all Tibetans are Gelug. However, rangzen fighters are opposing the Dalai Lama on a topic that affects all Tibetans, whether they are Gelug, Sakya, Kagyu and Nyingma.
  • The rangzen issue has been allowed to develop and rangzen supporters have been allowed unfettered access to the Tibetan community to gain support for their political views. Western rangzen supporters flood the Internet pushing for their view, and drawing support from the Tibetan community in exile who live in foreign countries. All of this is supported by the Tibetan leadership’s silence on the matter.
  • Logically speaking therefore, the behavior of rangzen individuals has the potential to jeopardize the Dalai Lama’s plans with China which concerns the wellbeing and future of six million Tibetans. Yet, the CTA stays silent on the matter of rangzen individuals gathering support amongst Tibetans to oppose the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way policy. No wonder Samdhong Rinpoche, the former Tibetan prime minister, came to the astute observation that rangzen supporters are more dangerous than Dorje Shugden practitioners, as you can see in this video below.

    • The CTA are clearly imposing double standards on their people. For example, it has been claimed that Dorje Shugden practice shortens the Dalai Lama’s life. That false accusation became part of the basis for the ban on the practice; the CTA said they had to safeguard the Dalai Lama’s long life by banning the practice. On the other hand, the Dalai Lama has stated that all Tibetans should work towards umaylam, not rangzen. The Dalai Lama said that if people do not support umaylam, there is no reason for him to live to 113 years old. So by that logic, it would mean that by keeping the fight for rangzen alive, the rangzen group are shortening the Dalai Lama’s life too, by directly opposing the Dalai Lama’s wishes.

Rangzen supporters organized a conference in Paris, France against the Dalai Lama’s explicit statement that umaylam is the best for all Tibetans. How come the CTA remains silent in the face of Tibetans clearly organizing to go against the Dalai Lama? How come the CTA’s own members of parliament attend the conference to brainstorm and strategize against the Dalai Lama, and the CTA says nothing? But yet, the CTA will violently enforce the Dorje Shugden ban because they claim it is against the Dalai Lama? The double standards are astounding.

  • This therefore begs the question – how come it is OK for rangzen people to shorten the Dalai Lama’s life by opposing his views on umaylam, but when people falsely accuse Dorje Shugden people of doing the same thing by refusing to give up the practice, the CTA must take action against them? No one is asking for the Dalai Lama’s life to be shortened and in fact, everyone wishes him long life. The point here is, how come the CTA stays silent and does not act against rangzen supporters who are clearly opposing the Dalai Lama’s views and clearly displeasing him, but they will impose a violent ban on Dorje Shugden practitioners? And how come Lobsang Sangay can say umaylam has failed but he is still allowed to lead the exiled government? Can the leader of the Tibetan people, who is now the Dalai Lama’s special envoy, be allowed to so obviously oppose his boss’ views? Does Sangay represent the best interests of the Tibetan people, if he thinks what the Dalai Lama has said is the best for all Tibetan people will not work?
  • Extrapolating from that, the CTA have previously said that Dorje Shugden practitioners are banned from the Dalai Lama’s talks because they have broken samaya (guru-disciple relationship) by refusing to follow the Dalai Lama’s instructions to give up the practice. Therefore they cannot receive teachings from the Dalai Lama because of this broken samaya. If that is the case, how come rangzen people who break samaya with the Dalai Lama by going against his umaylam instructions, can attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s religious talks even after having broken samaya with him? And how come they can attend his secular talks even though they oppose him secularly and politically? Dorje Shugden people, at the very least, should be allowed to attend the secular talks, since they are only an issue religiously-speaking, and their practice has nothing to do with politics governing all Tibetans. Logically speaking, the samaya infraction by rangzen activists against the Dalai Lama is much bigger than the infraction by Shugden practitioners, since the rangzen issue affects all Tibetans (while the Shugden one affects some Tibetans).
  • The CTA has previously enforced the removal and segregation of Dorje Shugden people from the general Tibetan community so they do not ‘infect’ other Tibetans with their practice and religious views. That being that case, how come rangzen people are allowed to stay in the settlements and talk, and continue to sow bad thoughts into people’s minds? What they are doing by encouraging rangzen is encouraging people to oppose the Dalai Lama! If the Dalai Lama supports umaylam, and this group are encouraging rangzen and people to oppose the Dalai Lama, should they not be separated too, just like how Shugden practitioners were separated from everyone else?

As ridiculous as it sounds, this is precisely the type of double standards that the CTA practices. It is important to note that it is not that we want division or for anyone to be separated. Rangzen or umaylam, Dorje Shugden or non-Dorje Shugden – as long as a person is Tibetan or identifies as Tibetan, they should all have equal rights and should be afforded equal representation under and by the Tibetan leadership.

This author is merely pointing out the archaic thinking that the CTA has. Policies are applied without thought or care, as and when it suits them, with no regard for the betterment of the entire community. The CTA has demonstrated no real long-term planning for their people, as exemplified by their community who continues to languish in exile and oftentimes, and sadly, their “betterment” is misused as a smokescreen for the CTA’s real motive – to divide and conquer their own people, and treat them as pawns in a political chess game they have been losing since 1959.

Unless the CTA stops engaging in childish manipulations, and swiftly implements equality throughout the settlements, there is little hope they will ever accomplish anything. And for that, the community should hunker down because with the way things are going, the next 50 years looks to be nothing more than a long and weary journey to nowhere.

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  1. Gian Strauss

    January 2, 2018 at 4:42 am

    Rangzen people who seeks complete independence for Tibet only talk. If you ask them for concrete solutions on how to achieve this they just talk, talk and talk. No concrete solutions that are viable whatsoever. I use to be involved in the Rangzen movement in Switzerland with Tibetans but dropped out. The CTA is corrupt and does not serve their people and rangzen people just talk and drink and talk and do nothing. 😖

  2. Tsering

    January 2, 2018 at 5:31 am

    We are support to Dalai Lama until umaylam . Dalai Lama are sell our future to Chinese dog . Khampa Sengge has forgot his home from to support to umaylam . Bhoe rangzen

  3. Li Wen

    January 2, 2018 at 10:57 am

    The Tibetan government are really embarrassing the Tibetan people. First their two top leaders Sangay and Samdhong are fighting about who is where and cannot get their stories straight. Now we find out that Sangay doesn’t even support umaylam and he thinks it has failed. How come the Dalai Lama always chooses such useless idiots to lead their exiled society? Compare their example to someone like Xi. You may not agree with China government policies but definitely their people are more capable than Sangay and Samdhong. In 60 years, they accomplished more for China than Sangay and Samdhong has done since 1959.

  4. L Lhundup

    January 3, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Every time Lobsang Sangay hoists the Snow Lion flag which has been adopted as a symbol of the Tibetan independence movement or rangzen, he is messaging to all Tibetans, in no uncertain terms, that he is against His Holiness Dalai Lama’s Middle Way approach or umaylam. No doubt about that. Hence Ringzin Tsomo is right by questioning the double standards of the CTA and Lobsang Sangay when it comes to following the words of His Holiness, whatever it may be.

    The CTA is just playing games with the Tibetans minds, dividing instead of uniting them, all in the name of staying in power. This way, they have never and will never achieved anything. Perhaps His Holiness understands this well and is using whatever goodwill His Holiness has left remaining with China to repair the relationship.

    Read this article to see how Lobsang Sangay and Dhardon Sharling twists and turns:

    “Earlier, reported Jul 9 that amid the ongoing stand-off in Doklam, the image of the head of the Tibetan ‘government in exile’ paying respects to the Tibetan flag on Indian territory could be seen as ‘political activity’, something Delhi has discouraged in the past.

    It also said Mr Sonam Norbu Dagpo, spokesperson of the CTA had earlier twice confirmed to it that this was the first time the independent Tibet flag had been unfurled by Sangay at that important location. He was further cited as saying the hoisting of the national flag had “political and personal significance” for Sangay.”

    “Referring to a picture that accompanied an earlier news report, Sharling has said: “The Tibetan national flag seen in the pictures was not hoisted by President Dr Sangay. It belongs to a Tibetan settled in Pangong lake and according to him, the flag is up there since Dec 10, 1989. President Dr Sangay happened to walk past the house and upon seeing the flag, paid respect.”

  5. L Lhundup

    January 3, 2018 at 2:38 am

    An example of a flag used by the Free Tibet movement

  6. L Lhundup

    January 3, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Anti-Dalai Lama morons disrupting an international football match between China and Germany in Germany.

    What do they hope to achieve with this stunt?

    It is like unfurling a FREE KASHMIR flag at a test match between India and Pakistan.

  7. christine victor

    January 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    If Lobsang Sangay is sincere in supporting H.H Dalai Lama, in any points questioned in this post should be carry out sincerely. Like Execute ban towards Rangzen people who opposed openly to H.H Dalai Lama. But, this is never happened. The only reason i can think of is, the CTA itself is supporting the Rangzen view.

  8. Amber Sonam

    January 4, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Truth to be told – the CTA is a hypocrite, manipulative and sneaker group of people, especially the Sikyong. He can do anything and not bound by any rules and regulations he laid out for others, such as Dorje Shugden people. He banned Dorje Shugden people from attending His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s talks because they choose to be devoted to their root guru and honour their integrity. Obviously, the Sikyong has none of these good qualities, so when he goes against His Holiness’ Middle Way, he didn’t ban himself from seeing His Holiness. He is just a cunning opportunist who take full advantage of his power and position for the money he can garner from the international aid. He needed that to sustain his friendship with Dhardon Sharling too!

  9. Sara West

    January 6, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Dorje Shugden versus Rangzen – which is more potently dangerous? It is apparent CTA practise double standards in their administration and choose to ignore one over the other. More often than not, CTA hook wink their folks to achieve their objective. My heart goes to the Tibetans in exile. I hope they can see the shortcomings of CTA and decide on their next course of action for their future. 😱

  10. James P

    January 6, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Ringzin is right to point out that it is indeed very double standard. I am not suggesting CTA to mistreat rangzen people, but why mistreat Dorje Shugden people?

    In a democratic governance, it is perfectly acceptable to have different views, and they should not be discriminated. Just like rangzen poeple are entitled to their views and should not be discriminated.

    It is time to stop discriminating Dorje Shugden people.

  11. Pema Drolma

    January 6, 2018 at 7:53 am

    So why is the CTA okay with the Rangzen people going again the Dalai Lama? Why is Dr. Lobsang Sangay not saying anything and in fact he goes around provoking the Tibet vs China issues and creating more friction for His Holiness! How come? Why is the Sikyong NOT support His Holiness’s view? The mouth says he does but the action all come out the opposite.

    It makes me question whether he is really for the Dalai Lama and for Tibet or maybe he is the Chinese spy no one suspected who keeps on sabotaging everything His Holiness does? Something to think about. Our enemies can be closer than we think!

  12. Dondrup Shugden

    January 7, 2018 at 2:34 am

    When leaders like Lobsang Sangay lies and cheats and creates confusion, the Tibetans suffers.

    CTA has used the Dorje Shugden ban and now the failure of umaylam (Middle way advocated by the Dalai Lama) to push for rangzen (independence from China) which for anyone in their right mind knows can never be realised.

    Besides religious, political confusion, CTA is also creating inhouse fighting creating further distraction and confusion.

    I plead Tibetans to stay focused to make the Dalai Lama’s dream to return to China be fulfilled as the Dalai Lama is already over 80 years of age.

    May the Dalai Lama live long to return to China.

  13. Pema

    January 7, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    It is such a farce what Sangay speaks there! Instead of supporting the Dalai Lama, he colludes with Rangzen people who have for sure failed!

    What is going on in this CTA?
    When does the CTA finally wake up and does something FOR the Tibetans and not against!

    Sangay has done NOTHING for Umaylam and now he even dares to speak like that! Shame!

    What a bunch of lousy…… Only create problems but want to show off as head of what…. well nothing as the country is lost long time ago because of such political failures!

  14. Ngodup Tsering

    January 8, 2018 at 10:17 am

    One should wonder why Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche had to deny his four-day visit to China after such visit was confirmed by Dr. Lobsang Sangay and now by a former Indian intelligence officer. If Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche had the best intention to promote the Dalai Lama’s middle way, then why he needs to deny this visit? After all the Sino-Tibetan relationship has been stagnant since 2011, the fact that Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche was able to secure a meeting with Chinese government officials should have been a great success for him, instead of becoming another source of controversy.

    Former Indian Intelligence Claims Samdhong Rinpoche Visited China
    A former Indian intelligence officer claims in an article that the former Kalon Tripa or the Prime minister of Tibetan government in exile, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche had a four days China visit in November last year. The article by the former RAW officer says that Dalai Lama’s envoy would have met senior Communist party leaders during the visit.
    Samdong Rimpoche’s visit to China materialised against the backdrop of strained India-China relations consequent to the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam, says former RA&W officer Jayadeva Ranade according to the article in the
    “Samdong Rimpoche, who was nominated a month earlier as the Dalai Lama’s envoy for talks with the Chinese authorities, would certainly have met senior Communist party leaders during his four-day stay in Kunming, capital of China’s Yunnan province.” added the report claiming that the two-term Kalon Tripa (‘prime minister’) of the Tibetan administration-in-exile and one of the Dalai Lama’s most trusted advisers had quietly travelled to China in late November 2017.
    The report also suggested that the Rinpoche would have met with the You Quan, a former party secretary of Fujian province whom Chinese President Xi Jinping appointed director of the united front work department in November or Zhang Yijiong, executive vice minister of the UFWD.
    As China still do not recognise the Central Tibetan Administration, functioning as the Tibetan government in exile, president Lobsang Sangay has not accompanied the Rinpoche in the China visit added the article by the former Indian intelligence.
    The former prime minister of Tibetan government in exile, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche however had earlier rubbished of the China visit when asked about whether he had made a China visit as being speculated and told that the news about his visit to China has no truth and it was nothing more than just media speculations.

  15. Brian Little

    January 9, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Whether Tibetans want Rangzen or Umaylam does not really influence China. In my opinion, the ball is not in CTA’s court to choose whether they would want full independence or not. In reality, the only way they can hope for is China granting an autonomy but then again China won’t give full autonomy and might not even want to ‘do business’. Why should they be bothered if CTA wants full independence or not. In reality, the exiled govt is a failure and won’t have anything to fight for. They won’t be able to prevent Tibetans who want to return to Tibet or subsequently just take up Indian citizenship👿.

  16. Thamchod Nyingma

    January 9, 2018 at 9:21 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.

  17. bambi

    January 9, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Hypocrites! That’s what the CTA is. Next 50 years? Forget it. The last 50 years passed and nothing happened. What a pity to see many of the Tibetans still in the dark. Their no good CTA does nothing but divide their people spiritually and politically. Since they can’t control the whole bunch why not control a smaller one.When it comes to Dorje Shugden most people are DL supporters. When it comes to umaylam or rangzen the people suddenly turn their heads going against DL. Led by an incompetent ‘govt’ and this is what you get. They just set their own rules as they go along never thinking of the consequences. Nothing is achieved. 50 years gone just like that. Let’s be real rangzen will never happen. With umaylam still a small chance.

  18. Tenzin K

    January 9, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Dalai Lama want to achieve Umaylam and all Tibetan should support this. Rangzen is going against Dalai Lama and why CTA didn’t take any action. Look like CTA is supporting Rangen too.

  19. Jing Jing

    January 9, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Rangzen people seems dangerous to CTA but HHDL and CTA dare not go against them because CTA doesn’t want to look bad of being not democratic at all. Secondly, CTA cannot afford to segregate Rangzen people as there will be not many left to be in Tibetan exile.
    CTA always reacted double standard any how. At the end of the day, the decision will come from China, not from HHDL nor Rangzen people. But the show may continue because China still wanted to look good and hoping to change their reputation to the world for a better.

    Life of Tibetan in China is getting better now. People are allowed to own their land. Tourism is booming in Tibet and villages can make money out of that. Most of the young generation are educated, study in university and succeed in their career. When the country is stable, why do anyone want to fight again?

  20. Zopa

    January 9, 2018 at 9:50 am

    CTA baselessly accuse Dorje Shugden practitioner as anti-Dalai Lama where non of Shugden have ever hurt Dalai Lama and anyone. Rangzen is jeopardizing Dalai Lama and Tibetan wishes to return to Tibet. Why CTA didn’t do anything? Rangzen bring huge damages in Tibetan politic and make Tibetan unable to go back their homeland but CTA keep quite. Something is not right? Is CTA still supporting Dalai Lama?

  21. Anonymous

    January 9, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Lobsang Sangay and the CTA are traitors to Dalai Lama and Tibetan people. They must be voted out of office. CTA enforce whatever laws over Tibetans as long as there is money to be made for themselves. For example, their push for rangzen is so they can continue asking money from sympathisers. The sympathisers should ask CTA, “What happened to the money we gave over the decades? Why is there no progress?”

    To the sponsors: Stop sympathising with and stop giving money to the CTA.

    To Tibetans: Vote out Lobsang Sangay and his current ministers in the CTA

  22. DS survivor

    January 9, 2018 at 10:46 am

    CTA survived themselves from funds of other countries and don’t do much to benefit Tibet. To have full independence under CTA leadership is a no-no. CTA lack of responsibilities had lost many Tibetan’s trust and the community. For the Tibetans younger generations, majority will support to have umaylam due to freedom of choice, financial aids and support for their future. Some choose rangzen as from their promises or wishes from their ancestor or great grandparents that had gone through their sufferings.
    It will be very high chances for Tibet to have umaylam under China. Tibetans will received many benefits and most of all, their freedom of choice.

  23. Belinda Mae

    January 9, 2018 at 11:02 am

    The Tibetans got 2 choices. One us umaylam and the other is rangzen. I know some of them may be loyal and truthful to their country, so they choose rangzen. But to be honest, it is better to choose umaylam because by looking the current situation, rangzen will not happen. Choosing umaylam means middle way approach and it is a win win situation. Tibetans get to go back to Tibet but Tibet will be under China. I guess they have no choice but to follow through. Why is rangzen people allowed to stay in the Tibetan communities is because of the double standard of the CTA. Forever setting rules and regulations for their own benefit and comfort.

  24. Richard TamLak

    January 9, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Of course the Rangzen people won’t be caught, it is because the Prime Minister is one of them! Just like, Lobsang Sangay took all the money that supported by the west and put in his pocket, he won’t stand up and say corruption is wrong! And of course, The Great Dalai Lama does what he always likes to do, bring up a topic and never close it. For example Dorje Shugden is spirit, Buddha born in Lumbini is nonsense, and yet, this time he didn’t say Rangzen is wrong. So, being smart Tibetan, since Dalai Lama didn’t say it’s wrong, then why Rangzen is wrong? The Dalai Lama didn’t say! 😆😍😆

  25. Tenzin Sangye

    January 9, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Deep down for tibetan heart is still want rangzen for tibet. Regarding what Holiness has propose it does to bring any different either to umaylam or rangze. China won’t not be accept because many year of accusing and put the brame of China to cover by failure of CTA reconnecting with China again. What CTA care is how to get money and get sympethy from the international . It ready don’t care want their tibetan refugee suffer. This is the karma of many century of curruption in the tibetan gornvement.

  26. Arrie Robtson

    January 9, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    CTA has been hypocrite since the first day when they gave all the promises that they will return to Tibet, because returning to Tibet is never in their priority, they only wanted to use the refugee status to grab as much money as possible. That’s why I have no surprise they are going against Dalai Lama wish to work for their very own benefits.

    Lobsang Sangye and the CTA has not just betrayed Dalai Lama, they have betrayed the whole Tibetans, because they are being used by the CTA to gain money and all these monies never spent on the Tibetans, it is only for themselves, if not, where does these millions of dollars goes to?

  27. Tianni

    January 9, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Rangzen may be the best for Tibetan. However looking at the current situation that China is more and more powerful and i don’t think they event want to entertain the umaylan. To unite the tibetan especially in this critical times, it should not have 2 groups i.e. rangzen or umalyan. To be strong, all tibetan should focus at one way or find the 3rd solution. It is enough to suffer for more than 60 years, all tibetan should unite as one and find way to have betterment for the entire community.

    No more issue to segregate the tibetan such like using religion attack the Dorje Shugden practitioners which so far they bring no harm to the tibetan but this has affected the unity of Tibetan. Unity and harmony should be first when you need to do something big.

  28. Ngodup Tsering

    January 9, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Samdhong Rinpoche’s November visit to China is brought up again in this article because it may have implication to India’s politics. At the moment, it is not clear yet as to what transpired during Samdhong Rinpoche’s 4-day visit to China and how the development may impact the progress of Tibetan cause or India-China relations. The confusion and curiosity related to this visit were increased a notch recently after Samdhong Rinpoche denied that this visit even occurred. It is very likely that the public may speculate further about Samdhong Rinpoche’s real intention behind the visit and why he was hiding it, and the speculation could run wild and impose a new risk to the Tibetan cause and India China relations. Therefore, it is best for Samdhong Rinpoche to clarify this matter once and for all.

    Tibet developments may put pressure on India
    Samdong Rimpoche’s visit to China materialised against the backdrop of strained India-China relations consequent to the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam, says former RA&W officer Jayadeva Ranade.
    There have been important developments relating to Tibet since the Chinese Communist Party congress ended in Beijing on October 25, 2017 and the two months thereafter.
    All of them have implications for India and some could potentially put India under sustained pressure.
    The first was the indication that the Chinese Communist Party’s central committee’s united front work department, which is responsible for supervising non-Communist parties and ethnic minorities including the Tibet and Xinjiang Autonomous Regions, was preparing to take fresh initiatives.
    This was the dramatic ‘leak’ that Samdong Rimpoche — a former two-term Kalon Tripa (‘prime minister’) of the Tibetan administration-in-exile and among the Dalai Lama’s most trusted advisers — had quietly travelled to China in late November 2017.
    Samdong Rimpoche, who was nominated a month earlier as the Dalai Lama’s envoy for talks with the Chinese authorities, would certainly have met senior Communist party leaders during his four-day stay in Kunming, capital of China’s Yunnan province.
    There is speculation that Rimpoche could have met You Quan, a former party secretary of Fujian province whom Chinese President Xi Jinping appointed director of the united front work department in November or Zhang Yijiong, executive vice minister of the UFWD.
    If Rimpoche met Chinese leaders, this would be the first acknowledged contact between an envoy of the Dalai Lama and Chinese Communist officials since negotiations between the two sides were suspended in 2010.
    China’s official media has, however, not yet mentioned a visit by a senior leader to Kunming during this period.
    Dr Lobsang Sangay, the Sikyong (head) of the Central Tibetan Administration, obliquely confirmed that Professor Rimpoche had visited China. He was replying to a question posed by former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal on the sidelines of the M L Sondhi memorial lecture in New Delhi on December 14, when he cautioned ‘Don’t read too much into it. At most it’s a private visit and it’s too early to say anything.’
    It is pertinent that Lobsang Sangay — who is the other envoy nominated by the Dalai Lama for talks with the Chinese — did not accompany Samdong Rimpoche probably because China continues to adhere to its policy of not recognising the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala. No relaxation has been noticed in China’s policies towards Tibetans or Tibet so far.
    Samdong Rimpoche’s visit also materialised against the backdrop of strained India-China relations consequent to the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam and threats made at the time by China through its official media.
    It comes too in the wake of an international conference convened by the Tibetan administration-in-exile in October 2017 to finalise a long-term action plan, including revival of Tibetan Buddhism in the Indo-Himalayan border belt.
    At the same time a securitisation of Tibet is taking place. Following up on Xi Jinping’s work report to the party congress — which for the first time devoted an entire section to poverty alleviation — the Tibet Autonomous Region has launched a campaign to tackle poverty and simultaneously enhance security.
    It has decided to build ‘well-off border villages’ along Tibet’s ‘borders with India, Nepal, Bhutan and other neighbouring countries to ensure the security of the borders and maintain stability’ in the region.
    The State-owned Global Times newspaper on December 25, 2017 asserted that ‘confronting separatism remains a challenge for the region. Raising living standards for local residents is a fundamental way to guard against activity sabotaging China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity’.
    ‘Tibet’s rural poverty alleviation,’ the newspaper added, will help maintain stability in the border areas’.
    Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns in the TAR are being co-opted to sensitise people and ensure that Buddhism serves socialism.
    Additionally, the decision to bring the people’s armed police force (PAPF) directly under the central military commission with effect from January 1, 2018 puts Tibet under the direct control of the people’s liberation army (PLA).
    Xi Jinping had earlier appointed PLA officers loyal to him as the commander and political commissar of the PAPF.
    Since the PAPF is deployed in strength in Tibet’s main towns, rural countryside and border areas, the PLA officers — who are now being re-inducted into the party standing committees at the provincial and county levels — will have an enhanced role.
    In addition to deploying PAPF troops when civilian authorities request assistance, the PLA officers will have a greater role in military-civil coordination and be directly involved in building the ‘well-off border villages’.
    Each of these villages is to be connected by road, thereby facilitating military movement along the border with India.
    Finally, the TAR leadership is being encouraged to push the Belt and Road Initiative and Bangladesh China India Myanmar Corridor with Tibet’s neighbours.
    To promote the BRI and BCIM, China has announced it will expand TAR’s road network from 82,000 kms to 89,000 kms by 2020.
    Chinese officials have earlier pointed out that there are 70 road links between China and Nepal and there have been suggestions of a new China-Nepal-India Corridor.
    The aim will be to build pressure on India by creating public opinion, including by co-opting Tibetans, to endorse the BRI and China’s plans of connectivity.
    Jayadeva Ranade, a former Additional Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, is presently President, Centre for China Analysis and Strategy.

  29. Sierra

    January 10, 2018 at 2:06 am

    It’s just politics. Why should they be concerned in karma? Doubt if they even believe in it. And, there’s a saying “there’s no honor among thieves”. They’ll take the side most convenient and expedient to further their samsaric wants and needs.

  30. ivy

    January 11, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Karma is ther whether one believes it or not. It is the bad karma of the Tibetans manifesting in all these trouble and schism for them. They are divided and controlled. Also, they are exiled twice over. With so much problems, how can they lead a happy life? Even if they are not Dorje Shugden practitioners and do not have to fear for their lives or livelihood, they are stressed and anxious about being on the right and good footings with the CTA. What a sad life they are leading.

  31. Dekyi Wangmo

    January 13, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Instead of creating employment opportunities, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) 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.”

  32. Torture

    January 17, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    This is such a torture to see what the CTA does to the Tibetans! Not only have the Tibetans lost their country for so long already, being in exile and not knowing where to go after the kind 99 years in India, the Tibetan Government in exile has only created problems for the Tibetans.

    Instead of giving them the means to live their life independently and making a living, they kept them small as refugees for 60 years already.

    Instead of making a good connection with the Chinese Government, they only insulted them although the conditions have drastically improved since the Chinese took over in Tibet.

    Instead of helping their Tibetans, they have supported the self-immolations and burned candles instead of stopping these unnecessary and unhelpful actions!

    Instead of focussing to bringing peace to the Tibetans in Tibet and in the Tibetan communities all over the world, they have incited hate against Dorje Shugden practitioners and insulted everyone who had any connection to China!

    What is the CTA up to? Why are they fighting the Dorje Shugden people for so long instead of doing their work and improving the life of the Tibetans??

    Everyone should be aware of this CTA!! Shame on you!!

  33. Yodon chela

    January 18, 2018 at 9:29 am

    China has been liberal towards Buddhist practitioners including those who are practicing Shugden deity. 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.

  34. Tenzin Tsomo

    January 22, 2018 at 12:50 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!

  35. Pema Wangchuk

    January 24, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama is again, expressing his wish to visit China. 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.

  36. Doreen Park

    January 25, 2018 at 5:02 am

    This is basically posing questions on the grounds of equal rights of all Tibetans , which is supposed to be enshrined in the constitution of the Tibetans in Exile. If Rangzen people are opposing the Dalai Lama for his umaylam or middle way instruction for Tibet in China, then why hasn’t any action been taken against them?

    Even the Dalai Lama has said that those who do not support his umaylam instruction do not give him a reason to live up to 113. Furthermore, we see that even Lobsang Sangay has said that Umaylam has failed. With this form of insidious opposition of a fundamental issue which affects the future of all TIbetans, and which Samdhong Rinpoche has said is even more dangerous than the issue of Shugden practitioners, why then are all the Rangzen supporters allowed to move around freely and even allowed to attend the Dalai Lama’s talks and initiations. Aren’t they a threat to the safety of the Dalai Lama?

  37. celia

    January 26, 2018 at 2:07 am

    It is in the interest of CTA to keep Tibetans as refugees/poor so that CTA can manipulate the financial aids thus CTA allows for the perpetuation of things which can jeopardise any furtherance of the Tibetan cause, such as CTA’s deliberate silence about the disruptions caused by rangzen, self-immolations and even CTA’s intentional antagonization of China despite half-hearted effort to engage China for negotiations etc.

  38. Pasang Tashi

    January 29, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Dorje Shugden practitioners have been victims of unfounded blame for more than half a decade, with news reports initiated by the Tibetan leadership, alerting the public that Shugden fundamentalist groups posed huge security threat to His Holiness the Dalai Lama as they were covertly backed up by China. The reality is that terrorists are out to harm His Holiness, with two bombs found amid His Holiness’ tight security, thanks to the intensive combing operation by Indian police. The Central Tibetan Administration should stop spreading lies that Shugden practitioners or more absurdly, Shugden practice imperil the life of the Dalai Lama, and pay more attention to real threats such as this.

    One Suspect of Bodhgaya Blast Appear to Be Nepali Origin, JMB the Terror Group

    January 29, 2018 | By TJ editor
    Five suspects in the Bodhgaya blast have been picked out from the video footage in the CCTV cameras installed around the Mahabodhi temple and the police believes one of them to be of Nepali origin. Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terror group is being suspected as the primary outfit behind the Bodh Gaya incident and less likely for the Students Islamic Movement of India or Indian Mujahideen’s hand.
    Gaya police is seeking the assistance of investigating agencies across the country to find out the identity details of five suspects they have found from the CCTV video footage. While the pictures of the five suspects are being circulated among the agencies by Gaya police, an officer informed that one of the suspects appears to be of Nepali origin.
    “The officer, who requested anonymity, said that one of the five suspects appeared to be of Nepali origin. Their movements have been traced with the help of CCTVs. One of the suspects abandoned a bag containing explosives near gate number four of the temple. Another bomb was planted near the Tibetan monastery.” said the report in the Telegraph.
    According to the investigations, JMB could have activated a module in Bihar to carry out the attack, suggesting that the attack was controlled from West Bengal. There is a call made from Bihar to West Bengal after planting the three bombs in Bodh Gaya is what has led the investigators to believe that the JMB could be behind the incident.
    “The officer said the evidence strongly indicates JMB’s involvement in the failed terror attack, which had aimed to kill Buddhist monks and foreigners present in Bodh Gaya to listen to the sermons of Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. ” said the report in Times of India.

  39. Tenzin Choejor

    January 30, 2018 at 5:35 pm

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

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

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

  40. Ngawang C.

    February 6, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Great article. So true that the behavior of rangzen individuals has the potential to jeopardize the Dalai Lama’s plans with China which concerns the wellbeing and future of six million Tibetans; and Dorje Shugden people practice Dorje Shugden and do no harm to Dalai Lama and hurt no single Tibetan, why Dorje Shugden people being discriminated and segregated, and demonise and labelled as Chinese spies?

    So double standard.

  41. Tenzin Dharpo

    February 12, 2018 at 12:08 am

    The Indian police has issued a circular for Tibetan refugees who are Indian voters or Indian citizens to surrender their Tibetan refugees registration certificates (RCs). Dawa Rinchen, Tibetan settlement officer at McLeodganj, said that the matter was to be dealt by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).

    There are around 1,400 Tibetan voters registered in Kangra district, many of them have exercised their voting rights in the state assembly elections without surrendering their RCs.

    The Tibetan and Indian authorities are in a fix over this issue as the Tibetan authorities say that they don’t have any data of such Tibetans while the Indian authorities have passed the responsibility to Tibetan authorities stating that they had not asked anyone to apply for Indian citizenship or voting cards.

    The CTA has already asked the Tibetans that they cannot take the benefits of being a refugee if they are holding Indian citizenship. There are also guidelines that such Tibetans have to leave the settlements. However, it remains to be seen if such rules will affect the CTA officials, such as Dhardon Sharling, Dolma Gyari, and Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar who hold Indian passports.

    Surrender RCs if registered as Indian voters, Tibetans told
    Shri Puri | TNN | Updated: Feb 11, 2018, 10:02 IST
    DHARAMSHALA: Tibetan refugees, who are now Indian voters, have been directed by the police headquarters to surrender their registration certificates (RCs). The certificate is the primary identity document for Tibetans living in India. While it gives them foreign status, voter ID proves their Indian identity.
    Superintendent of police (SP) Santosh Patial told TOI that a circular in this regard had been issued as it was mandatory that if a Tibetan had availed Indian citizenship and voting rights he was supposed to submit his RC.
    “A circular in this regard has been issued across Tibetan settlements in Kangra district,” he said, adding that directions were issued earlier this week.
    Dawa Rinchen, Tibetan settlement officer at McLeodganj, said they had received the letter from the police department and other settlements as well, but the matter was to be dealt by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).
    “We have received the letter and it has been forwarded to the home and security department of the CTA. It is not in our purview,” he said.
    The RCs would be submitted to the foreigner registration office (FRO). The SP office has sent the circulars to Tibetan settlements in McLeodganj, Bir Tibetan Society, Nangchen division, Dege division and Tashi Jong Tibetan camp, falling under Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.
    It was said that the issue of Tibetan refugees holding electoral card without surrendering their RCs was raised by the principal secretary, ministry of home affairs, through official channels to the Himachal government.
    According to well placed sources, there are around 1,400 Tibetan voters registered in Kangra district but many of them have exercised their voting rights in the state assembly elections without surrendering their RCs.
    The Tibetan and Indian authorities are in a fix over this issue. Tibetan authorities say that they don’t have any data of such Tibetans and it is the electoral office that could reveal the name of Tibetans, who voted in the assembly polls, on the other hand the Indian authorities have passed the responsibility to Tibetan authorities stating that they had not asked anyone to apply for Indian citizenship or voting cards.
    “The CTA has already asked the Tibetans that they cannot take the benefits of being a refugee if they are holding Indian citizenship. There are also guidelines that such Tibetans have to leave the settlements,” said a source.

  42. Tashi Dolma

    February 13, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Tibet Autonomous Region Public Security Department issued a report on organized crime, that contains information about activities that violate the existing law and regulations. The CPC Central Committee and State Council will act to control these criminal activities to ensure social harmony and stability, and that the people live and work in peace and happiness. CPC called the ‘Middle Way’ as a narrow nationalistic idea and is trying to control any activities related to supporting the Dalai Lama.

    Notice of the Tibet Autonomous Region Public Security Department on Reporting Leads on Crimes and violations by Underworld forces
    Tibet Daily | 2018/02/10 | 19:18
    Underworld forces are a malignant cancer of healthy economic and social development, they are chronic disease that is loathed by the people, and must be resolutely combated in accordance with law. Based on the spirit of the “Notice on Carrying out a Special Crackdown on Clearing Away Organized Crime and Eliminating Vice” issued to the entire nation January 11, 2018 by the CPC Central Committee and State Council, so as thoroughly advance the special crackdown on clearing away organized crime and eliminating vice, to ensure that the people live and work in peace and happiness, to ensure social harmony and stability, and to bring about long-term national stability, the broad masses of the people are asked to enthusiastically report leads on cases of violations or crimes by underworld forces. Notice on matters related to reporting is hereby given as follows;
    I. Content of Reports
    (1) Underworld forces that threaten political security, especially to regime security and institutional security, as well as those penetrating into the political sphere.
    (2) Underworld forces interconnected with the Dalai clique, accepting remote control or command, or participating in separatist and disruptive activities.
    (3) Underworld forces with temples as patrons; using religion to control, to confuse, to incite, or coerce the masses to resist the Party and government; or interfering in basic-level administrative, judicial, educational or other affairs.
    (4) Underworld forces with close relations and interconnections to all kinds of illegal organization, instilling the masses with reactionary idea and narrow nationalistic ideas such as the ‘Middle Way’ and ‘protecting the “mother tongue”.
    (5) Underworld forces holding themselves out as so-called ‘spokespersons’ for the masses, under banners such as economics, the people’s livelihood, environmental protection, folk customs and culture, that are in fact the ‘spokespersons’ of the Dalai clique and hostile foreign [non-mainland] forces.
    (6) Underworld forces illegally soliciting donations, fund-raising, giving out fines, taking compulsory collection from the people, or seizing opportunities for unjust enrichment, and providing funds to the Dalai clique.
    (7) Underworld forces such as black village officials with a grip on basic-level political power, monopolies on local economic resources, and misappropriating collective property.
    (8) Underworld forces using of illegal means such as fraud, bribery, threats, and violence, to manipulate, disrupt, or undermine basic-level general elections.
    (9) Underworld forces such as ‘village tyrants, that exploit religion or family forces to cross the countryside, play the tyrants, or bully and suppress the common people.
    (10) Underworld forces that exploit religion or family forces to illegally meddle and intervene in conflicts and dispute among the people such as over boundaries, pastures, caterpillar fungus, and debts, to act as ‘underground law enforcement teams’ meddling and intervening in the basic-level administration and judiciary.
    (11) Underworld forces stirring up trouble in land acquisition, leases, demolitions, engineering projects, and the like, so as to obtain unlawful benefits.
    (12) Underworld forces such as all types of ‘Sand Boss’, ‘Car Boss’ , or ‘Road Boss’ that interfere with engineering and construction in industries or fields such as architectural engineering, transport, and mining, by strong arm projects, maliciously bid, illegally occupy land, excessively mine, seize resources, monopolize or compel sales, block roads to take tolls, or compelling hire of equipment and personnel.
    (13) Underworld forces such as ‘Market Bosses”, “Industry Bosses”, “Produce Bosses”, and “Meat Bosses” that dominate markets, force sales, or accept protection money, in venues such as commercial trade markets, wholesale markets, bus stations, train stations, airports, and tourist destinations.
    (14) Underworld forces manipulating or operating illegal and criminal activities such as ‘porn, gambling, and drugs’.
    (15) Underworld forces using any kind of method of high interest lending such as “routine loans” or “campus loans’ or using violence to collect debts.
    (16) Underworld forces meddling in civil disputes, serving as ‘underground law enforcement teams’.
    (17) Underworld forces organizing the employment of online ‘paid trolls [or commenters]’ to threaten, intimidate, berate, defame, make trouble.
    (18) Underworld forces through connect online through means such as establishing Wechat groups, online forums, or other means, and that carry out illegal or criminal activities offline.
    (19) Underworld forces that engage in unlawful or criminal activities such as illegal fundraising and operations, grabbing and holding economic interests, seriously harming the order fair competition and the environment of economic development.
    (20) Personnel of State organs exploiting their position to facilitate, harbor,or abet, crimes by underworld forces, serving as their ‘protective umbrella’
    (21) Forced trading, extortion and blackmail, provocation [picking quarels], gathering crowds to fight, unlawful detention, intentional destruction of property, organizing prostitution, forcing prostitution, setting up casinos, and other types of crime involving vice.
    (22) Other leads as to crimes involving organized crime and vice.
    II. Channels for reporting
    (1) Field Reports: Tibet Public Security Bureau Criminal Investigation Team. Organized Crime Investigation Branch, No. 35 Lin Ju Road, Lhasa Chengguan District, Tibet Autonomous Region.
    Reports may also be made directly to municipal or regional public security bureaus, of criminal forensics squads.
    (2) Telephone Reports: Call the Tibet Autonomous Region Public Security Organ Public Reporting Number: 0891-12389. Note: Select the relevant public security organ for reporting based on the telephone voice prompts.
    Clearing away organized crime and eliminating vice is a people’s war, and must rely on the public’s active participation. The masses’ are welcome to actively report and uncover leads on violations and crimes involving underworld forces, and to resolutely struggle against underworld forces’ illegal conduct. The public security organs are to lawfully protect the personal information and security of groups that provide leads. The legal responsibility of reporters will be pursued in accordance with law where reporting is malicious or framing others. Where the subjects of reports carry out revenge, they are to be given severe and heavy punishments in accordance with law.
    Public Security Department for the Tibet Autonomous Region

  43. Devano

    February 25, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    An article published in 1997 in the Spanish magazine “Mas Alla” stated that Ling Rinpoche practiced Dorje Shugden. The magazine covers spiritual and metaphysical issues around the world, and doesn’t have anything to do with Tibetan Buddhism. So in that way, it has no reason to be biased in and to write articles in support of or against Dorje Shugden.

    The magazine was also issued in 1997, before the height of the ban, at a time when no one was compelled to hide the truth. So we can be sure that the reporting on this matter is therefore neutral and unedited and objective.

    It’s a fact that both the tutors of the 14th Dalai Lama (Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche) practiced Dorje Shugden, which was confirmed by the research conducted by the reporter JC Deus from Mas Alla. Deus clearly interviewed the right people and since the truth will always prevail, it is not surprising that an independent researcher like him with no links to Tibetan Buddhism so easily discovered and reported that Ling Rinpoche does Dorje Shugden practice. Remember that Deus was just doing his duty as a reporter, and reporting it as a neutral historical fact, not with any agenda in mind.

    This is clear proof and it contradicts the false information the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) propagates that Ling Rinpoche does not practise Dorje Shugden. Lies like these will always be found out and exposed. This has been proven with the CTA who continue to make a fool out of themselves, losing trust among the Tibetans and supporters around the world.

    This is PART 1, the first part of my 4-part comment. It shows the first three pages (pg 28-29) and the cover of the Mas Alla magazine, which published this report about Dorje Shugden.

  44. Devano

    February 25, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    This is PART 2, the second part of my 4-part comment. It shows the next three pages (pg 30-32) of the Mas Alla magazine, which published this report about Dorje Shugden.

  45. Devano

    February 25, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    This is PART 3, the third part of my 4-part comment. It shows the next three pages (pg 33-35) of the Mas Alla magazine, which published this report about Dorje Shugden. Please take SPECIAL NOTE to see page 33. The part where it mentions Ling Rinpoche practices Dorje Shugden has been highlighted for your reference.

  46. Devano

    February 25, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    This is PART 4, the final part of my 4-part comment. It shows the last two pages (pg 36-37) of the Mas Alla magazine, which published this report about Dorje Shugden.

  47. Golog Jigme

    February 27, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Mr. Mila Rangzen says the head of the Tibetan exiled govt is a sexual predator

    Since 2011, Lobsang Sangay’s tenure as the President of the Central Tibetan Administration has been mired with various scandals and failures, such as the election scandal and the US$1.5 million loan scandal. The 17% unemployment rate among the Tibetans in exile has also forced some Tibetans to become spies, betraying their host country India. Now, in more shocking news from Mila Rangzen, who has been proven to have access to a lot of insider news, Lobsang Sangay has been revealed to be a sexual predator who does not hesitate to risk the Dalai Lama’s reputation to satisfy his lust. More women and people are speaking up about this. This is really breaking news. These women deserve a platform to express the pain and humiliation and be open to heal.

    Mila Rangzen has, on numerous occasions, shared extremely accurate and reliable news for the benefit of the Tibetan community. He has never failed us with the accuracy of the news and they have all proven to be true. Mila seems to not be afraid to tell the truth.

    All the victims of the sexual predator Lobsang Sangay should not keep quiet anymore and must expose him once and for all. He should be punished for his actions and asked to step down from his position now! The victims should be empowered by this and speak up and point the finger at Lobsang Sangay if this is true. Do not stay in the dark and hide your shame because Lobsang Sangay is destroying the reputation of the Dalai Lama.

    President Sangay and the sexual assault on Ms Leslie Butterfield
    February 21, 2018
    Just as you, the reader, I am also very concerned about the direction that LS is taking the Tibetan community towards.  Just as Trump he is catering to his base of fanatic Khampa sanjor ex-monk supporters leading to disharmony and divisiveness. Let me start in 2011 during the Kalachakra in Washington DC. – During the Kalachakra from July 6-16th, LS also visited as is normal for him to bask in the glory of His Holiness.  An intern, Leslie Butterfield, at the ICT was assigned to him to assist him in his meetings and moving around DC.  Ms. Butterfield was in her early 20s then and a very attractive young woman who supported His Holiness and the Tibetan cause with her whole heart and being.  She is known to have been a very active participant in numerous activities to further the cause of Tibet and spread the work of compassion of His Holiness.
    It was the night of July 11th that LS physically assaulted her in his hotel room.  The next day she reported this to Mary Beth Markey, the then President of ICT.  There were others in the office who were also made aware of the incident of the previous night. Ms. Butterfield was convinced by Marybeth and others in the ICT not to file charges against LS using the name of HH as an emotional blackmail.  That she would be sullying the name of His Holiness if she was to file a complaint.  She was pressured into not filing a complaint which makes people at ICT complicit in a cover-up.  With so many women coming out with sexual abuse charges it may be time for Ms. Butterfield to come out too.
    She is now married with a child.  Maura Mohinyan comes to mind as someone capable of convincing her to come forward.  Maura as I know her has in-depth knowledge of LS dealings.
    During his last visit to NY and DC along with Kaydor, he had a meeting with the Tibet Fund regarding the $1.5 mil loan.  He is pressurizing TF to write off the loan before the parliament session begins in March so as to prove his point that it was a grant and not a loan even though existing documents show the money as a loan which I have written in depth.  During the meeting, he emotionally blackmailed the TF saying that he was going to ask HH for the money so that it is paid back to the TF just to prove that it was not a loan even though paying it back means it was a loan.  He explicitly asked the TF “if they were comfortable taking money from HH”.  There are ongoing talks between TF and OoT, DC on his behalf about this money.
    His exact words are in the minutes of the meeting at the TF which shall be released here in the next article as it pertains to the interest of the Tibetan people and political corruption.  It is common knowledge in India that HH is very disappointed, to say the least, with LS and the way he is using his office for personal glorification.  The only audience he got was in Gaya after months of trying to see HH.  He has no shame and had the audacity to ask HH to mediate and solve the loan issue.  HH’s response is one of pin-drop silence.
    There are numerous allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse of power in Dharamshala but all will not come out openly for fear of retribution as you and I know how the law works in India.  A spark/catalyst is much needed if these women are to get justice and it is where my role begins.

  48. Rangzen

    February 27, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    President Sangay launches attacks on Mila Rangzen
    February 28, 2018
    Like a true citizen of Tibet, I have been critical of powers that be including LS as the president of CTA on policy, conduct, nepotism, regionalism, transparency, and accountability and the price I am paying is his personal attacks on me using his stooges today. What triggered the attacks is this informative piece I wasn’t surprised because I was expecting it from a touchy vindictive man like him.
    However, it’s encouraging to be noticed and I will continue to speak up for our people and for our cause stronger than ever. Rights and responsibilities are not properties that belong only to the President, ministers and the parliamentarians. It also belongs to us –the people. Anyone who implies otherwise is either a fool or a threat to democracy and freedom around the world.
    The details of the attacks will be released in the next article.
    Till then stay strong and be determined to pay any price and when necessary make them pay a heavy price too for treading on a king cobra taking care of rats that are destroying our crops.
    This too shall pass!

  49. Peter

    February 27, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Tibetan govt in exile is corrupt, liars, segregationalists, greedy, bigots and this is what they do when Dalai Lama is alive. After Dalai Lama is no more, the whole Tibetan govt in exile will just collapse overnight.

    They lost their country in 1959 because they are too corrupt to keep it. For the last 60 years they cannot get their country back. Tibetan govt is a failure whether in Tibet or in exile.

  50. Tsering

    March 3, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist.

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