COVID-19: WHY I SHAVED MY HEAD?

Tibetan Buddhists shave their heads when they enter their monasteries or nunneries to ordain. In some other cultures, people shave heads too – for instance, to mourn when close family members die. In my own case, an initiative to help charities replace income lost due to the coronavirus pandemic – The 2.6 Challenge – has led me to fundraise for Tibet Foundation by shaving my head for the first time ever!

VOT’s Table Talk with Former Representatives of The Dalai Lama from the US, UK, Switzerland and Japan

As His Holiness the Dalai Lama turned 84, over 250 former CTA staff gathered together in Dharamsala this past week to offer a long life prayer ceremony for His Holiness. The event also turned into a reunion of sorts for hundreds of former CTA staff who worked tirelessly alongside His Holiness the Dalai Lama for… Continue reading VOT’s Table Talk with Former Representatives of The Dalai Lama from the US, UK, Switzerland and Japan

The 11th Panchen Lama – Online Panel Discussion

ONLINE PANEL DISCUSSION APRIL 25, 2020, (Time: 7pm IST, 9:30am EST) Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic across the world, an important part of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery's 31st birthday celebration of the 11th Panchen Lama (Gedun Choekyi Nyima) this year will be an Online Pancel Discussion and keynote Speech by CTA President Dr. Lobsang Sangay. The… Continue reading The 11th Panchen Lama – Online Panel Discussion

A Tribute to Jamyang Choegyal Kasho (1938-2020)

Jamchoe-la is the first British Tibetan (living in the UK) known to have been infected with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). According to his close friend, Jane O’Sullivan, Jamchoe-la was admitted to King’s College Hospital in south London on 15th March after initial flu-like symptoms. Two days later, doctors diagnosed COVID-19. Jamchoe-la was already known to have serious underlying medical conditions.… Continue reading A Tribute to Jamyang Choegyal Kasho (1938-2020)

Former senior Tibetan Minister throws his hat into the Sikyong race

Kasur Lobsang Nyandak confirms his readiness to lead the Tibet Movement at “critical time of our history”. Tibetans worldwide are now getting actively engaged in the discourse of the next Sikyong election. The incumbent Sikyong, President Dr. Lobsang Sangay, leaves the highest office of the Central Tibetan Administration when he completes his second five-year term… Continue reading Former senior Tibetan Minister throws his hat into the Sikyong race

60th Anniversary of the 10th March 1959 Tibetan National Uprising Day and its Origin

(This article was specially written for Tibet Foundation Newsletter Spring 2019 Issue No. 74 by Tsering Passang.) Soon after the Communist Party of China (CPC) came to power in October 1949, the People’s Republic of China was established and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers marched into Tibet. On 23rd May 1951, the “Seventeen-Point Agreement” was… Continue reading 60th Anniversary of the 10th March 1959 Tibetan National Uprising Day and its Origin

Tibetan President on Official Visit in UK

(London, 22 November 2017) Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay arrived in London on Wednesday morning for a two-day official visit. The President of the Central Tibetan Administration (also known as Tibetan Government-in-exile) was accorded very warm reception at the world's busiest airport - London Heathrow. Dr Sangay was received by Chonpel Tsering, Representative of His Holiness… Continue reading Tibetan President on Official Visit in UK

Tibet, the 19th Party Congress and China’s United Front work

By Tshering Chonzom, PhD, Associate  Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies What does a powerful Xi Jinping as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China mean for the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) various minority nationalities, especially the Tibetans? The nature and extent of authority accorded to the United Front Works Department (UFWD) that handles nationality, religious… Continue reading Tibet, the 19th Party Congress and China’s United Front work

Being Tibetan in the West: How much to adapt, How much to not adapt

On Wednesday 3rd May 2017, I joined with two former Tibetan MPs from North America and Europe on a Live TV Talk show hosted by anchor Namgyal Shastri (who is also a former Tibetan MP) on the Voice of America (VOA) Tibetan language programme from their London News Centre. The Live programme runs from 3pm… Continue reading Being Tibetan in the West: How much to adapt, How much to not adapt

Challenging China: Former Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region faces tough questions from Tibetans in Exile

China’s Top Tibetan Legislator Challenged during University Talk in London [Tsering Passang, London] Padma Choling (Baimachiling in Pinyin in Tibetan or Pema Thinley), Member of The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC; Chinese: 全国人民代表大会常务委员会) and a Vice Chair of the Ethnic Affairs Committee of NPC members, led a delegation including of at least three other… Continue reading Challenging China: Former Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region faces tough questions from Tibetans in Exile