Is Penpa Tsering’s Sacking to Evade Another CTA Scandal?

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There is no rest for the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) these days, as they find themselves dealing with scandal after scandal.

The CTA, or the Tibetan leadership, is based in Dharamsala in North India but their interests are represented all over the world in various Tibet Houses by a donjo, the Dalai Lama’s representative. These are prestigious, highly coveted assignments as the donjo is the bridge between the host country and the Tibetan leadership. Hence, as one might imagine, the position of the donjo is also a very lucrative one; the donjo gives recommendations on funding, immigration matters and becomes the host nation’s reference point on all matters Tibetan.

Similarly, the donjo is answerable to Dharamsala, reporting back on a regular basis. Hence a negative report from the donjo to the Dalai Lama and Tibetan leadership can be very damaging to one’s reputation amongst the upper echelons of Tibetan society.

Today, as speculation grew over the reasons for the appointment of a new donjo, the CTA announced that Penpa Tsering had in fact been dismissed from this position. The news came as a shock since Penpa Tsering had grown to be a familiar face to many. This strongman of the Tibetan leadership successfully held seats in the 12th, 13th and 14th Tibetan Parliaments-in-exile. He then moved on to the prominent position of Speaker of Parliament in the 14th and 15th Tibetan Parliaments-in-exile.

In May 2016, Penpa Tsering found himself offered the position of North American donjo, based in Washington, D.C. The appointment came after an unsuccessful bid for Prime Minister (Sikyong), the highest post in the CTA in which he ran against the incumbent Dr Lobsang Sangay. To many, this consolation prize was not a surprise since being the North American donjo carries with it access to many famous, wealthy donors and sponsors scattered throughout the region.

Given the fact that Penpa Tsering is no political lightweight and the importance of his role as the donjo in such a strategic country as North America, his very abrupt dismissal raises more questions than answers. This is especially because it so quickly follows an article by The Guardian, a British newspaper which on 28th October 2017 ran a story on the suspension of Tenzin Dhonden, the Dalai Lama’s personal emissary to the USA, over corruption claims.

In a statement given to the Voice of America’s Tibetan service, Penpa Tsering claimed that he was informed of his dismissal at 7:28am on 6th November 2017. Such an unceremonious sacking of a senior government official, so early in the morning at the start of the week, is most often a hasty and pre-emptive move to evade another public relations disaster such as the Tenzin Dhonden scandal.

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And Penpa Tsering is no stranger to scandals.

 In fact, Penpa Tsering has for years dodged allegations of various illegalities including murder and associations with a visa trafficking ring. His strong position in the CTA and his favor with the 14th Dalai Lama provided him with immunity from impeachment. Questions raised against him in the Tibetan Parliament were soon brushed aside and instead the people asking the questions were sanctioned. To many observers, allegations of corrupt officials running the Tibetan corridors of power is nothing new. As long as one is on the right side of the Dalai Lama, he or she is virtually untouchable and there is simply nothing anyone can do about it.

The hurried and rushed way Penpa Tsering was removed from his position is highly indicative of how the CTA operates, unbeknownst to most people in the world. Someone like Penpa Tsering who has a string of serious accusations against him can rise to power unabated and even hold the position of the Dalai Lama’s Representative in North America. But just as swiftly as one can rise to power under the favor of the Dalai Lama, they can fall from grace just as quickly. It is barely surprising when this is the system that:

The Dalai Lama’s emissary, Tenzin Dhonden, has been suspended after claims of corruption and extorting money from sponsors. In fact there are many such people surrounding the Dalai Lama and this is the very reason that there is division and disharmony within the Tibetan leadership.

No one knows exactly how rich the CTA officials are but for certain countless millions pour in annually and have been doing so for decades. And it is not difficult to see that very little or none of that has trickled down to the Tibetan refugees who continue to languish in the settlements in India and Nepal.

Today, Dr Lobsang Sangay runs a ‘government’ that has mastered the finest art of soliciting money from public and private individuals supposedly for a ‘Tibetan cause” without:

  • Having to actually define what the cause is
  • Having to work towards said cause(s), whatever it may be
  • Having to be audited and held accountable for their progress and the fulfilment of their pledges (or lack thereof)
  • Having to perform the most perfunctory of functions that a government must, such as to ensure the civil liberties of the people.

Penpa Tsering has for years dodged allegations of various illegalities including murder and associations with a visa trafficking ring.

Indeed there is no such thing as civil liberties within the community under the governance of the CTA. For example, as Dorje Shugden practitioners have experienced first-hand, there is no religious freedom in the Tibetan community. The Tibetan leadership has ably demonstrated that they will not hesitate to outlaw a religious practice, if loyalty to one’s religion is inconvenient to the absolute reign of the few in power.

Penpa Tsering was one of the most visible supporters of this abuse of power. It was not so long ago when, as Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, he entered a Tibetan school and commanded young students to listen to his speech. Laced with untruths and obscene distortions of another person’s religion, his words had one objective – to incite resentment against practitioners of that religion.

Penpa Tsering thus was no victim of politics but very much an enforcer, as he did not hesitate to discredit and slander one of the most beloved and important lamas of Tibetan Buddhism, the most holy and sacred Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo. It did not matter to Penpa Tsering what the casualties might be, or whose sentiments he irresponsibly hurt in the process of denigrating and destroying a pillar of Tibetan spiritual society. The system demanded the destruction of old loyalties to grand spiritual masters. Penpa Tsering, Tenzin Dhonden and many others are the products of this system, which is now cannibalising itself.

The Tibetan people simply cannot win. If Penpa Tsering’s sudden sacking is to prevent another disaster to the CTA’s reputation which is increasingly being disgraced as one news story after another exposes the skeletons in their closet, then it confirms that the Tibetan leadership reeks of corruption through and through. The likes of Penpa Tsering and Tenzin Dhonden cannot operate in a vacuum. It takes more than two to deceive the entire world for over 50 years, beguiling private patrons and well-meaning governments into thinking that there is such a programme as a true Tibetan cause, into thinking that the average Tibetan benefits from their generosity.

Today, successful Tibetans around the world did not succeed because of the CTA but in spite of the CTA. These are the farsighted ones, who saw long ago that they would fare better on their own outside the clutches of the CTA. The Tibetans in the settlements today are still being told that it is unpatriotic and near-treasonous to seek an Indian citizenship, which is available to many of them. And so they dare not.

On the social media channels like WeChat, talk is rife amongst Tibetans who believe that Penpa Tsering’s dismissal is a strategic move by Lobsang Sangay to remove a political rival. But there is another possible reason, which Tibet Sun exposed on 9th November 2017: 

to cover certain money trails. Apparently Penpa Tsering had been asking too many questions that reflected poorly on Lobsang Sangay, namely about the mysterious remittance of some US$1.5 million from the Tibet Fund that had gone towards the “purchase of a new building”. This had been done without the proper accounting procedures being met and without the said loan being registered, and it had taken place at a time when the Office of Tibet in the United States was under the management of a Lobsang Sangay crony.

So Penpa Tsering with his questions, Penpa Tsering who had also challenged Lobsang Sangay during the Sikyong elections, had to go. However, when you piece together the various articles and coverage that has somehow gone under the radar because of the Dalai Lama’s popularity in the past, 

stories of misappropriation of funds and financial irregularities seems to be the rule, not the exception, when it comes to CTA politicians. The US Congressman Dana Rohrahbacher apparently knew about such bad practices as early as 2012 when he wrote to Lobsang Sangay saying, “…[I am] also aware of serious accusations that US funding meant for Tibetans may have been misspent…”.

If any of the above does prove to be the case, that Penpa Tsering was asking too many questions, or that Lobsang Sangay simply wanted to be rid of a political rival, then it confirms what we already know – that the Tibetan leadership upon whom the refugees rely fully, are more interested in political skulduggery and internal power-grabbing; that they are more interested in Machiavellian power plays than making collective efforts for their people to have some semblance of future as a nation wherein their culture, language, traditions and beliefs may be preserved.

For the CTA, personal profit will always trump championing a true ‘Tibetan cause’ that might see the return of the Tibetans to their homeland. Indeed, 50-over years of history show how sunk the Tibetan political system is, how inept and corrupt the politicians are, and how traitorous the leadership is. Sadly, the suffering of the people has become the CTA’s signature product. 

Penpa Tsering will not be the last of the CTA’s notoriety and it is a matter of time before others are uncovered. As the CTA sinks deeper, seeing how geopolitical winds are blowing in favor of its nemesis, China, more cracks will appear and more of the CTA official’s improbity will spill. It’s just a question of time.



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  1. Last time Penpa was competing for the lucrative Sikyong position against Sangye. Penpa lost and had to be pacificied as Penpa and Sangye do not get along. Penpa was sent far away to the USA as a donjo which seems like a prestigious position. But the real reason was to get him out of Dharamsala and eventually get rid of him all together. Lobsang Sangye plan was to eventually sack Penpa but not immediately. He arranged for Penpa to have a position to placate Penpa with a plant to sack him and the plan has gone through. Penpa is a terrifically nasty type of thug. Sangye is a sophisticated ‘educated’ thug. They both are self serving syncophants and use the Dalai Lama’s name for self gain. There are already so little amount of truly qualitifed persons in the Tibetan govt in Dharamsala and all they do is play power games and suck money from donations. The person who was in Penpa’s position siphoned over 1 Million US dollars from the Tibet fund for his personal use without any accountability.

  2. I think it is a little of scandal evasion and internal political falling out. They most probably are starting to fight over a diminishing pie. As President Trump seems cool towards the CTA and warm towards China, after changing his tune at the recent China visit, CTA sees their source of funds in jeopardy. So, the greedy little hands may be getting that little bit desperate.

  3. To Penpa Tsering – this is the result when you put down lamas because you want to be politically correct. Also doing bad deeds. Now, face the karma.👿

  4. You are right admin CTA is so full of scandals. The best ‘gossip’ website I have come across. So colorful and dramatic. It’s amazing to know how so much about CTA’s work in progress.
    Well if you don’t like someone who questions or someone who is more authoritative than you, find ways to dispose them. CTA is getting better at it.Don’t like penpa then sack him. Dont like Lukar Jam smash his car window and disturb him.Don’t like Dorje Shugden then ban him.Don’t like Dorje Shugden people then publish their info on website.
    How low can the CTA be?Disgraceful and embarrassing. Can’t wait for more gossips.

  5. The news of Penpa Tsering’s abrupt dismissal from such a high office as that of ‘dongo’ of North America, a much sought-after post, is shattering indeed. So there are many possible reasons as presented here. The strongest are the following two . The first is that his removal from office is necessary, he being the tip of the iceberg as it were.

    Millions and even billions of dollars have been fleeced off unsuspecting donors for the cause of Tibet in the last many decades. None of this money has trickled down to the ordinary Tibetan refugees who have been left to languish in theIr poverty and straitened circumstances. But what has happened to all that money? The CTA has never been held accountable so far.

    It’s highly likely that removing him was a ploy by CTA including its chief , Lobsang Sangay, to prevent further probing into the affairs of the CTA. Further and deeper investigations might implicate more people including Lobsang Sangay himself. This is especially the case , when you learn that Penpa Tsering had been asking too many questions regarding the recent purchase of a property with dubious sources of money.Yes , Lobsang Sangay may see him as a rival to be removed.

    In all honesty, Penpa Tsering himself has had a bad record of scandals, abuse, violence. So vehement has he been in his abuse and abusive language against Dorje Shugden laymen and great Masters alike including HH Pabongka Rinpoche.

    Well it remains to be seen how many more heads will roll.

  6. CTA is in a mess. This story is nothing new and it’s all about money and power so that they can reap the best monies from donors. The fact that these people with so many bad reputations / critics / records can still hold office is something. It tells you that CTA is not democratic and being very political. All i hear are infighting and no benefit for the poor Tibetan people.

  7. Politics is always dark and dirty, they will do whatever to retain their power and money, so anyone who come into their way, they will get rid of them, and in this event, Penpa Tsering is the rival of Lobsang Sangye, of course Lobsang Sangye will plot and get rid of him so that his position will be more stable.

  8. The modus operandi of CTA is always getting rid of anyone who asked too many questions and who does not tow the line and replacing him/her with someone who is a Yes man. Congratulations Lobsang Sangye.

    As for Penpa Tsering, that’s karma – what goes around, comes around.

  9. In the CTA article dated November 9, 2017 on Officiating CTA President Explains Kashag’s Decision to Replace Representative of North America stated that CTA appointed Penpa Tsering with high expectation and place great trust in him in his role but unfortunately it was not viable which resulted for a replacement. What is the measurement of this ‘expectation’?

    If Penpa Tsering is not perform up to the expectation and need to be replaced why not Lobsang Sangay too as we have not seen any improvement on the welfare of the Tibetan in exile ever since he took up the Prime Minster position!

    CTA should be more transparent in their governance as well as the fund that received. CTA not only need to answer to their people for political matter as a democracy government but also answer to the kind sponsors for the fund received which are huge amount!!! Where had it been spent? Where is the auditing report?

    Should the Tibetan continue to believe CTA that make them in the dark all the time with their dirty political game?
    Should the kind sponsors continue waste their money to feed CTA (only) without seeing any result for the people of Tibet?

  10. In any political growth countries, corruptions definite involved. Scandalism often involved with power, money and sex. What else other than these 3 things?
    Sad, CTA have all these 3. How shameful.

  11. It’s a time that Penpa Tsering to face back all the Karma..!! CTA / Lobsang Sangye only concerned of Money and Power…!! All of them don’t really care of their people ( Tibetan ) and Dorje Shugden Practitioners.

    The Wheel Of Sharp Weapon is waiting.


  12. I wonder if this is another tactic of Lobsang Sangye to get rid of his rival and also because Penpa Tsering have a lot of bad records. Maybe getting rid of Penpa Tsering will make it easier for them to continue to get funds from other countries or else Penpa Tsering’s scandal will affect the funds from coming in. Now is too late for CTA to do anything to cover back the holes that they have dug. Meaning to say is their Karma is getting back on them now for what they have done.

  13. This is just to prove to you that CTA only want “YES” man who can fully control by them. i guess when CTA mentioned Penpa Tsering not up to the “high Expectation” meaning that they can’t control him anymore and of course Penpa Tsering scandal might be one of the cause affected the fund coming in. And now Karma coming back to Penpa Tsering , he defamed Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, and referring the wisdom Buddha =Dorje Shugden as the devil. Both also heavy Karma.

  14. Other than monetary involve, I don’t see any other matter in this dirty CTA politic play. Of course, another reason is Penpa Tsering knows too much, stupid Sikyong thought that by doing so will cover his big mouth, but it usually appear to be the opposite side.
    Anyway, this dirty CTA politic play is not something new. I always believe in karma, what goes around comes around. Yes, I agree that this is also Penpa Tsering karma, and it will be CTA karma soon.


    ***Dharamshala Tibetan Settlement Officer appeals for peace***

    By Lobsang Wangyal
    McLEOD GANJ, India, 14 November 2017

    Sensing the momentum gathering around a mass demonstration in Dharamshala against Kashag’s continuous silence over its decision to sack Penpa Tsering as the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in North America, the Tibetan Settlement Officer in Dharamshala has issued an appeal to the people to maintain peace and harmony.

    Calls for a demonstration were made after the Kashag (Cabinet of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) ) refused to divulge details of the reason for expelling Representative Penpa Tsering.

    Kashag issued an announcement about the termination of Penpa Tsering’s duties through their website on 7 November, stating that he will end his duty on 30 November, and the current CTA Education Minister Ngodup Tsering will replace him.

    The Kashag stated “dereliction of duty” as the reason, and said that three warnings had been served, but that Penpa Tsering didn’t show any improvement in his conduct.

    The actual nature of the warnings was also not clear when the officiating President of the CTA convened a press conference on 9 November.

    Penpa Tsering on the other hand denied any wrongdoing.

    Settlement Officer Dawa Rinchen said in his appeal message that since Dharamshala being the seat of the Dalai Lama and of the Central Tibetan Administration, he urged people to respect the sanctity of the place.

    Speaking to Tibet Sun, Rinchen said that he envisaged a demonstration on the 27th of this month, but couldn’t have any estimate of its size.

    The 27th came to be the date for demonstration after an activist in NYC suggested it through his article published on Tibet Sun.

    He said, ”There’s so much talk and discussion about the issue and preparations for the protest. Many people are seen registering and others giving donations towards this event.”

    President of CTA Lobsang Sangay, who is on a European tour, spoke on 13 November about the issue in Norway, but he also refused to give details as to why Penpa Tsering was suspended.

    He said that it is the prerogative of the Kashag to appoint and terminate representatives and staff members of CTA. Kashag is not required to explain the reasons for their termination.

    Some Tibetans in the United States are saying they would stop paying the annual tax to CTA (record maintained through the “Green Book”), and people in New York are calling for a boycott of an event in New York on 10 December, the Tibetan Rally for Peace and Non-violence, which is to be attended by CTA President Lobsang Sangay and Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile Khenpo Sonam Tenphel. It is to be held at United Nations Plaza, led by North American Chithues and is organised by North American Tibetan Associations.

    However, Penpa Tsering has appealed in a video message to people in New York City and nearby areas to attend the event.



    ***Tibetan unity in peril: Call for massive street protest in Dharamshala***

    By Mila Rangzen
    NEW YORK CITY, US, 11 November 2017

    Like most Tibetans, including those who voted for Sikyong Lobsang Sangay in the 2016 election, I am shocked by what Sikyong Lobsang Sangay did to former speaker Penpa Tsering — the Dalai Lama’s Chief Representative posted in Washington DC. He fired Penpa Tsering a few days ago for no reason other than political revenge.

    Penpa Tsering was Lobsang Sangay’s opponent in the 2016 Sikyong election, and a tough one at that. Penpa Tsering is the only Tibetan statesman who can stand up to Lobsang Sangay and speak the truth to his face for the good of our cause and our community as a whole.

    Stand up he did, in and outside the Parliament. With humility but firmly. Roughly twenty-eight thousand Tibetans in our small exile community voted for him.

    Recognizing Penpa Tsering’s capability, experience, and integrity, the Dalai Lama’s private office recommended Penpa Tsering as the right man for the Representative job. Sikyong had no choice but to relent. Also, to appear to be burying the election grudge and the regional hatchet, that was the best bet he had. No need to point out that Lobsang Sangay is a Khampa man and Penpa Tsering is an Amdo/U-Tsang man. Track the source of the conflict. It will help the reader understand the Tibetan domestic politics. To turn a blind eye because it makes you feel uncomfortable is, in fact, an endorsement for negative regionalism to continue.

    When the media asked for elaboration on why Sikyong fired him, the response from him and his subordinates was shocking. Sikyong, laughing sarcastically, avoided the question by telling the media to talk to the Cabinet Secretary. The secretary simply said Sikyong fired him because it is in his power to do so according to the exile charter. No specific reason was given.

    The Deputy Sikyong Youthok Karma Gelek responded, at an only 10-minute-long press conference, by saying that Sikyong had served three warning notices to Penpa Tsering to mend his ways in the past one year and that he was not respecting Sikyong. When pressed for what precisely wrong did Penpa Tsering do, Youthok became overbearing and left.

    CTA, where is the transparency?

    The Dalai Lama publicly rebuked both the candidates in Dharamshala in April 2016 for stirring regional tensions among the Tibetan community during the election. Both the candidates publicly apologized. And so, we believed the matter got settled there and then. Sangay even delivered tons of speeches on the importance of Tibetan unity.

    But to our dismay, Lobsang Sangay proved us wrong. The man is still in the election campaign mode despite being in office again for almost two years. This firing on unfounded grounds is an attempt to tarnish the image and reputation of Penpa Tsering. How vindictive can Sikyong get? This is absolutely unacceptable, and it also goes against the very teaching of the Dalai Lama.

    Penpa Tsering said on Voice of America that he was served only one warning notice, and that too without any explanation. Sikyong also denied Penpa Tsering his right to explain his position. Sangay revealed his actual colours. Also, the removal of Penpa Tsering from the office is a slap in Dalai Lama’s face, and a kick to the rear of the twenty-eight thousand Amdos and U-Tsangs who voted for him.

    What can we do now?
    When we think an issue is this important, we are left with no choice but a massive protest. Protesting can help raise public awareness and prevent a cheap political vendetta that can ruin the Tibetan unity thus far achieved.

    I call for the Tibetans to come out in thousands at Gangkyi on 27 November 2017 at 10 am sharp, and do the following.

    Picket by holding up large signs at the Cabinet building and demand detailed explanation for the firing of Penpa Tsering. Gather first at McLeod Ganj and march to Gangkyi, demanding the reinstatement of Penpa Tsering to the office. Hold a vigil at night in memory of Penpa Tsering’s dedication and service to our community. Do sit-ins at the Cabinet building lobby until the demand is met. Resist threats and violence with resolute non-violent action. Be the peace warriors!

    Organise a core group of U-Tsang Association and Amdo Association if the Cholsum Association fails to do so. Assign roles to members pertaining to media coverage, permits, equipment, safety, transport, signs, and placards.

    Gather as many people as you can to help out on the day. Remember to contact them the night before to remind them about the protest. Put the word out through emails, posters and flyers, local media, social media, word of mouth, and any other way you can.

    Organise speakers for they can inspire and educate the Tibetan public, but keep the speeches short and powerful.

    Thunder into the streets! Pound sense into the head of Sikyong! Lead by example, not by ego!




  16. Another scandel of CTA curruption ,frighting over getting more power and get rid of each other. This will not be last scandel from CTA about Penpa Tsering, Tenzin Dronden the Dalai Lama emissary curruption case. It will more to be discovery how corrupted CTA is to soliciated money from fereign country at the past. It sad how CTA make Dalai Lama reputation down at international and misuse all the fund has raise to help Tibetan refugee. How all that will end soon. Otherwise more people will suffer.

  17. When it comes to CTA, It’s always about

    CTA is definitely a reliable & successful filming stars producer.. They can act so well and forgot that they are the hopes of Tibetans.

    CTA, please stop working for your own benefits but really look into your people’s needs‼️



  18. Om my Buddha,

    when i walk on the street, i feel so cold & i tears in my heart
    so many Tibetans was not in the good condition during this season, but the CTA was rich & always magnificent

    why why why CTA officers you don’t take care for our owns people, and just enjoy your own life…….😭

  19. There is always in-house fighting among the CTA. You can see their time is coming to an end. The Indian government is allowing Tibetans to take Indian citizenship finally. As more Tibetans naturalize as Indians, they will gradually lose their allegiance to the not beneficial CTA. They will not need or depend on the CTA for anything. In this way CTA will lose more control of the Tibetan ‘refugees’ in India. You can see the useless CTA start to lose out and degenerate further and then close down. Many Tibetans are waiting for this.😖

  20. In a clean and just political scenario, politicians helping one another to betterment of their laws and citizens is called “you scratch my back and I scratch yours”.

    In the case of Murky, Non transparent and corrupt CTA this case sound like “you stab my back and I stab yours” and let us see who can survive to enjoy the spoils of war. HAHAHA what a joke.

  21. Instead of maintaining peace, the CTA members are fighting among themselves when the Dalai Lama is scaling back

    Growing public anger as Kashag reluctant to give clear statement on NA Rep. row

    DHARAMSHALA, Nov. 16: Following the announcement to relieve North America CTA mission representative and former Speaker Penpa Tsering from his position on Nov. 7, there has been a general sense of dissatisfaction among sections of the community with some even suggesting protests and boycott of events where President Sangay is scheduled to attend. 

    While the Kashag asserts that the issue was handled as per the binding rules and with rightful authority, the handling of the situation, many say, has rolled back on President Sangay’s campaign claims of transparency and unity. An official announcement and a press briefing by Kashag have not mentioned a clear reason for Penpa’s ousting other than vague reference to dereliction in his role there and hints at insubordination.

    Officiating President Ven. Karma Gelek Yuthok told the media last week that the Kashag need not give a clarification over the transfer or firing of any staff and that the issue is an “internal matter”.

    The growing impasse between the public and Kashag’s (cabinet) reluctance to give a clear explanation over the cause of Penpa’s ousting has escalated over the last week. A New York based individual going by the name of Mila Rangzen has called for a non-violent mass protest at the end of the month here in Dharamshala, prompting the settlement officer here to issue a public appeal, urging peace and order in the community. 

    Dharamshala settlement officer Dawa Rinchen told Phayul, “While I have no knowledge of when and how many people are going to hold a protest, my prerogative is to avoid any incidents here in Dharamshala where His Holiness the Dalai Lama resides where the CTA is based and subsequently where the eyes of the international community is transfixed on. Hence I appealed the public to maintain peace here.”

    Sporadic posts and videos on social media sites such as Facebook and WeChat expressed dissatisfaction over the handling of the situation calling for a transparent approach to the matter by President Sangay led Kashag. A Tibetan nitezen Tsering Chomphel wrote on Facebook, “I personally think transparency is the first rung of so called democracy ladder. In today’s world, we cannot and should not trust any individual or group blindly. If PT is innocent this time, he needs to speak out. It’s not about PT or Kashag. It’s about peoples trust. People will surely lose trust and interest in our politics if things are not made clear this time.” 

    Tsering Samdup, a Tibetan sweater seller, said that it would be inappropriate if the Kashag issues a clarification simply because some section of the community demands it. “The concerned individual here is Penpa Tsering and if he denies Kashag’s decision and seeks clarification then Kashag might be obliged to give one. Otherwise, there is no need to clarify.”

    Another nitezen opined that three advisory letter/directives were enough caution by the Kashag. Tenzin Kunkyab wrote, “He got fired after three written warning (three yellow cards) after that they pulled red card, I don’t see any wrong with that unless PT himself have some explanation.” Penpa Tsering however claimed he only received one letter prior to his termination letter and has maintained he is not at fault.

    Some people have even called for more dramatic action to boycott the ‘Solidarity with Tibet rally for peace and non-violence’ on 10th December in New York where President Sangay is scheduled to attend. Penpa Tsering, the outgoing representative urged Tibetans in North America to participate in the event with the broader sense of the Tibetan issue at mind and not divisive politics.

    Meanwhile the Tibetan President who is currently on an official visit to northern Europe indicated that the Kashag might not budge and give a clear-cut answer on the issue. He said that Penpa Tsering has accepted the Kashag’s decision to remove him from the Washington office and his cabinet’s decision to remove and appoint liaison officers abruptly, is neither unprecedented nor illegal. 

    The NA office remains the most crucial position in the hierarchy of outposts of the Tibetan polity. The new man in that seat, Education minister Ngodup Tsering today said he has gotten the blessing of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his new role in Washington.

    Citing Fatigue, Dalai Lama Appoints Personal Emissaries
    November 16, 2017 12:29 PM

    WASHINGTON — The Dalai Lama says he has appointed emissaries to attend international engagements or speak on his behalf indefinitely.

    Citing increasing physical fatigue, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader made the comments while meeting with a group of international youth leaders brought to Dharmsala, India, by the Washington-based Institute of Peace.

    “I’m 82 years old, and since last year [my] feeling of tiredness has been much increased,” he told the group during video-recorded meetings last week.

    Because he may not be able to maintain a regular international travel schedule, he said, the president of Tibet’s current government-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, along with prominent Buddhist scholar and former prime minister in exile, Samdong Rinpoche, would act as his official emissaries.

    These “trusted friends, they know my thinking,” he said. “Our work, continuously, should be more active [and internationally engaged], so in these two persons,” he said, pointing to Lobsang and Samdong, “I have full trust.”

    Looking to the dialogue moderator, USIP President Nancy Lindborg, the Dalai Lama said: “If your side … or your government’s side” has concerns, “then these two persons, either one, can participate as my representative or my personal emissary.”

    Penpa Tsering, representative for the Office of Tibet in Washington, which represents the Tibetan government-in-exile, downplayed the significance of the Dalai Lama’s statement.

    “I think this was more of a general statement,” he told VOA. “His holiness is sometimes too tired to travel, and his April visit to the United States has been suspended indefinitely, but he will continue to travel in India, and Europe is only a seven hour flight.”

    Adding that Lobsang’s presidential term is limited to five years, and the fact that Samdong has long served as a kind of unofficial deputy to the Dalai Lama, he said the November 6 comments do not represent a major diversion or change in Dharmsala’s official representation on the world stage.

    Symbol of Tibet
    However, Carole McGranahan, a University of Colorado anthropologist and historian of Tibet, says although prioritizing the Dalai Lama’s health requires a reduction in his international travel schedule, his physical absence from global engagements cannot be substituted via proxy.

    “So much of the goodwill and attention Tibet receives in the world is due to his holiness, and specifically due to his personal interactions with world leaders and with the large audiences he draws around the world. His deep wisdom, his humor and charisma, his serious attention to pressing world issues, and, of course, his model of compassion and leadership, make a deep impression on people,” she told VOA’s Tibetan Service via email.

    “For so much of the world, the Dalai Lama is the symbol of Tibet. Will his trusted emissaries be able to achieve the same effects? Of course not, as no one can truly stand in for the Dalai Lama,” she wrote. “They will be able to represent him, but no one can embody the message of Tibet as he does. His holiness’s stepping back from international travel will signal a new era of Tibetan diplomacy in the world.”

    Robert Barnett, director of the Modern Tibet Studies Program at Columbia University, says the decision may be a signal to Beijing.

    “Of course, there’s always the possibility that this move is intended as a post-19th Party Congress signal to Beijing of increased openness to a resumption of talks, or possibly even a response to a request from there,” he said. “It certainly should make Zhang Yijiong happier,” he added, referring to Communist Party’s Tibet working group chief, who told reporters on the sidelines of a party congress that there could be no excuses to meeting the Dalai Lama.

    “Except that it seems unlikely that warhorses of that type can ever be appeased,” Barnett said.

    In the United States, a California-based Tibetan monk named Tenzin Dhonden, who chairs the non-profit Friends of the Dalai Lama and was secretary of the Dalai Lama Trust, a charitable organization chaired by the Dalai Lama, has acted as a gatekeeper between the Dalai Lama and American philanthropists, scholars, celebrities and donors.

    Late last month, Dhonden, who falsely named himself Personal Emissary of Peace for the Dalai Lama in 2005, was suspended from the trust over corruption allegations.

    This story originated in VOA’s Tibetan Service. Pete Cobus contributed original reporting.

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  22. What a shame that Sharling is busy massaging Lobsang Sangay when their biggest sponsor is coming hehe…


  23. CTA is doing damage control.
    Penpa Tsering must go before.

  24. Oh nooooo @#$%!&^ caught and found out! Now this is circulating everywhere!


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