British author pays special fitting tribute to The Dalai Lama on his 86th Birthday

Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, turns 86 this year. The Tibetan Spiritual Leader was born on 6th July 1935, in Taktser (Amdo), north-eastern Tibet.

The Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) extends His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama a very Happy Birthday. May His Holiness live a long and a very health life.

The GATPM is also very delighted with the presence of Mr. Alexander Norman, a prominent British author, who paid a special fitting tribute to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the 1989 Nobel Peace laureate, on this special occasion. He also added that China’s interference on Dalai Lama’s reincarnation a “completely ludicrous claim”.

Alex Norman is the Founder and Director of Oxford-based Dalai Lama’s Centre for Compassion. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Theology and a Masters in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford.

An acclaimed scholar on Tibet and The Dalai Lama, Alex Norman is a long-time associate of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, having worked closely with the Tibetan leader on his autobiography, Freedom In Exile (1990).

His other works: –

  • Ethics For The New Millennium (2000)
  • Holder Of The White Lotus: Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama (2008)
  • Beyond Religion: Ethics For a Whole World (2011)
  • The Dalai Lama: An Extraordinary Life (2020)

Alex has also served as a speechwriter for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and on the Tibetan leader’s Special Review Committee.

He is the President of The Help Tibet, a British charity, which helps Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal.

Prior to his Tibet involvement, Alex served in the British Army, as an Officer. As a journalist, he wrote for The Spectator, a leading weekly British magazine on politics, culture, and current affairs. The Spectator is the oldest weekly magazine in the world. Alex first met the Dalai Lama in 1987, when he interviewed the Tibetan Leader for The Spectator.

The GATPM extends its sincere appreciation and thanks Alex Norman, NorTse and his band for taking part in this special event. Tsering Passang, Founder of the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM), presented this special event.

Author: Tsering Passang (Tsamtruk)

Tsering Passang is passionate about Tibet and the Tibetan issue. He was born in a Tibetan refugee camp in western Nepal. An NGO professional with nearly 20 years of experience in international development charities, Tsering has led Tibetan Community UK from 2014 to 2016 as its Chairman. Amongst his pioneering initiatives as the Community Leader, Tsering spearheaded "Tibetans Helping Tibetans" initiative and within months, it resulted in securing the sponsorship of 30 Tibetan refugee children for their education in India from 25 UK-based Tibetan families. Prior to his current appointment as the Director of Tibet Foundation, Tsering served as Special Adviser to the Tibet Society, the world's oldest Tibet support group. He also worked for Tibet Relief Fund for over eight years, raising vital funds for Tibetan children’s education in India and Nepal. From 2001 to 2007, he worked for Tibet Foundation as Art & Culture Programme Manager. Tsering has conducted multiple field trips to India and Nepal over the past two decades. After returning from his 2008 personal trip to Mustang, Tsering saw a need to provide training to those Tibetan teachers working in rural areas. Within a year, with the support of western teaching professionals, Tsering initiated the vital training programme for the teachers. Over 50 Tibetan refugees and ethnic Tibetan teachers from Mustang, Manang, Dhorpatan, Pokhara and Kathmandu attended the trainings delivered in Mustang, Kathmandu and Pokhara. He developed partnerships with the local NGOs and schools in Nepal. From 2014 to 2016, Tsering served on the boards of Tibet Society and Tibet House Trust. He also served as the Chairman and a Trustee of the Tibetan Refugee Charitable Trust. Tsering continues his advocacy work on Tibet. He has attended and engaged with parliamentarians, special advisers and officials from the UK, UN, the US and EU. Tsering has also spoken at important public and closed forums – audience included governments representatives, policymakers, rights advocates, lawyers, journalists, NGO professionals, university students and researchers. In addition to his writings on the Tibetan affairs, published in the British, Nepalese and Tibetan media, Tsering was interviewed by the BBC, Sky News and Reuters. He is also frequently interviewed by the Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and Voice of Tibet. Tsering has conducted special interviews with leading Tibetan political figures - President of the Tibetan Government-in-exile (Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamsala) and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's former Special Envoy (Washington-based) and former Representative (London-based) for a Tibetan YouTube channel – LondonNey Production. Tsering’s personal blog: www.tsamtruk.com Tsering's latest initiative is the creation of the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) - an advocacy group with the object of highlighting the issues affecting the Tibetans, Uyghur Muslims as well as other peoples persecuted by the Chinese regime.

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