Tenzin Dhonden the corrupt emissary of Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th 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.

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By: Shashi Kei

A few days ago, on 27 October 2017, The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, published news of the suspension of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s personal emissary over corruption claims. Tenzin Dhonden, the news reported, was accused of having essentially extorted money from generous sponsors for the Dalai Lama to grace events and for certain privileged few to meet and have audience with the Tibetan leader.

While this may be the first time a prominent newspaper printed disclosures of such misdealings by personnel linked to the Tibetan spiritual leader, it is in fact nothing new, especially when it comes to Tenzin Dhonden. Accusations of fraud, cheating, embezzlement, misappropriation of funds and a litany of crimes have become synonymous with the 14th Dalai Lama and his government, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA; the Tibetan leadership based in Dharamsala). This has been around ever since the Tibetan cause became cause célèbre of the people of the liberal democratic West.

The former Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament is a known associate of Thinley Kalsang named in human trafficking and other vice operations


Corruption Is Common Amongst Tibetan Officials

  • In the year 2012, US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher wrote to the Tibetan Prime Minister Dr. Lobsang Sangay stating that the Congressman was aware that certain funds provided by the US intended to benefit the Tibetan people had been misspent
  • Also in 2012, the then-Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament, Penpa Tsering was exposed as having links to a visa brokering and human trafficking ring. Nothing happened because Penpa Tsering had the blessings of the Dalai Lama
  • In June 2015, Maura Moynihan, a longtime supporter of the Tibetan cause, blew the whistle on the International Campaign of Tibet (ICT), which was set up with the assistance of the CTA. She highlighted the shocking fact that the bulk of the money that the ICT collects does not go to the Tibetan people, who are the intended recipients. Again, her warnings were not heeded as the image of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan issue continue to mesmerize the people of the world
  • In 2015 itself, DorjeShugden.com posted an article that exposed the lack of transparency of the Tibet Fund (another extension of the CTA, set up to solicit funds under the same cause) and the blatant refusal of its President, Rinchen Dharlo, to respond to questions of embezzlement. Nothing happened to Dharlo because again, he was untouchable since he was backed by the Dalai Lama
  • 2016 saw the naming of Lodi Gyari, yet another Dalai Lama Special Envoy, in a money laundering scandal. No actions were taken;
  • And this is to make no mention of the multitude of accusations leveled at CTA politicians and bureaucrats in Dharamsala, all of which have been summarily dismissed as gossip and hearsay by those who were accused.

ICT failed to meet the financial transparency test. It is common for CTA-related entities and associated bodies to be vague about where its spends the money that it receives from donors and sponsors. They are rarely held accountable by supporters of the Tibetan cause, and never by the Tibetans themselves.

Therefore, the Dhonden story itself does not offer much original content, and in that, The Guardian missed the scoop. Tenzin Dhonden is nothing more than another cog in the CTA’s wheel, that has been spinning unfettered, preying on the kindness of the world and taking every Tibetan sympathizer on a merciless ride. The story is about when exactly the Dalai Lama’s inner circle stopped being leaders of perhaps an erstwhile cause, and began operating like unscrupulous robber barons, dangling the Tibetan refugees as bait for the world to keep giving; and how widespread the scam is.


Show Me the Money

Indeed, has anyone paused to ask exactly how much has been collected by the CTA in over the 50 years they have been soliciting funds, and attempt to see if the sum is somehow reflected in better lives for the average Tibetan refugee? We need to ask how much of the money given by governments, corporations, families and individuals to the Tibetans actually reached the poor Tibetan people after having survived the gauntlet of grabby hands of Dalai Lama insiders and CTA surrogates.

Tenzin Dhonden is a close ally of the Dalai Lama and it is difficult to imagine that neither the Dalai Lama and CTA have been unaware if Dhonden’s unsavory activities

Dr. Stephanie Röemer was one academic who attempted to make sense of the numbers. She spent years living in Dharamsala, investigating, observing and speaking to various officials and concluded in her book, The Tibetan Government in Exile, that not only has billions been received by the CTA since the early 1960s but also that the bulk of it was apparently spent on very general and vague items such “politically related affairs”. Where has all this money gone?

That the Tibetan leadership and its proxies around that world are dishonest is self-evident. In the IRS forms Tenzin Dhonden declared that the total revenue received by “Friends of the Dalai Lama Foundation” was no more than $50,000 for the years 2014, 2015, and 2016. In truth, we can see that one benefactor alone, in the form of philanthropist Daniel Kranzler, gave $250,000 just in one year. Not only has the Dalai Lama’s emissary committed a federal offense by falsely declaring the income of the organization, but we see that there is no hesitation whatsoever in a person chosen by the Dalai Lama to be in his inner circle, to mislead the government as well as private individuals sympathetic to the Tibetan cause.

Tenzin Dhonden is accused of corruption and extorting money from generous sponsors. Click here to read more.

In the IRS forms Tenzin Dhonden declared that the total revenue received by “Friends of the Dalai Lama Foundation” was no more than $50,000 for the years 2014, 2015, and 2016. In truth, we see that one benefactor alone, in the form of philanthropist Daniel Kranzler, gave $250,000 just in one year. So where did the money go?

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Conflict As A Trade

The Dalai Lama is surrounded by sycophants who use their position for their own selfish ends, rather than working for the welfare of the Tibetan people.

As we now begin to assemble the fragments of known complaints against the countless Tibetan NGOs set up by the Tibetan leadership, an ugly picture emerges. The picture is not that of a displaced nation of refugees being upheld by the courageous government of ‘a simple Buddhist monk’ but that of a callous and greedy corporation masquerading as an government in-exile plying Tibetan miseries into a lucrative trade. As long as the Tibetan refugees remain displaced and pitiable, and as long as the world public buys into the Tibetan leadership’s narrative, the money will keep rolling in unchecked, unaudited and unaccounted for.

Surely, this must be the best political gig in the entire world:

  1. To be accorded the honors and privilege of a ‘government’ official without the corresponding answerability of one
  2. To hold authoritative polity of a State without having the duties of one, without any industries to create, any economy to regulate, without delicate monetary or fiscal systems to balance, nor any goods or services to produce and hence no balance of trade to stress over
  3. Without an educated and vibrant population to appease and answer to, apart from a mere 150,000 who are either too loyal, too afraid and too dependent financially and emotionally to be a challenge
  4. And all this time, to have hundreds of millions as annual revenue that is tax free and free of responsibilities.

Surely this must be the most powerful, effective and untouchable corporation in the world. The ‘Tibetan cause’ then becomes not in fact an objective but a method employed by a small handful of people in authority to line their own pockets.

Dhardon Sharling, although disqualified as a CTA Cabinet member, was nevertheless placed in charge for her willingness to lead propaganda campaigns against Dorje Shugden Buddhist practitioners which she labels as a cult despite being a central practice of the Gelugpas for almost four centuries.

The corruption within the ranks of the Tibetan leadership is clearly rife and unbridled. There can no doubts about that and so Tenzin Dhonden is not an exception. When we examine what the Tibetan leadership has trained its focus on in recent decades, we see little or insignificant initiatives to improve the quality of life of the Tibetan people living in the refugee settlements. After 50 years of grants, donations and sponsorships from a tremendous network of Tibet Houses and NGOs scattered worldwide, we see no outstanding Tibetan personage in the arts or the sciences. Most remain poor and those who seem to have eked out a living and have some semblance of a future, do so not because of the CTA but in spite of the CTA.

Instead the Tibetan leadership has invested heavily in one single purpose – to preserve the status quo. In order for it to do so, it keeps the world public focusing on China as an external enemy, even as it distracts its own populace with internal bickering over CTA manufactured issues such as Rangzen and Umaylam, the Dorje Shugden controversy and the two Karmapas conflict. These are all cleverly crafted conflicts which could have been so easily solved had the Tibetan leadership wanted to. But there is no fortune to be made in an environment of peace and harmony. In the meantime, conflicts and intense quarrelling creates fortunes for some in power who profit from the miseries of others. It is an old story. We just did not expect it to be played out in Shangri-La.

Carrying out the Tibetan leadership’s instructions has its rewards. To be seen with the Dalai Lama is an important seal of protection and an increase in status within society. You become a mini-celebrity with instant and stable access to funding and sponsorship. In fact, many people vie with each other to have such an opportunity to receive gains for themselves.

It remains to be seen what happens to Tenzin Dhonden. If history is any gauge, then nothing much. As a matter of fact, if the victim in the Dhonden case had been anyone else besides a very wealthy and influential American, the issue would probably not have interested The Guardian. It is well known in Tibetan society that one is rewarded not by being diligent and honest and sincerely fighting for Tibetan progress. In fact, these people such as Lukar Jam, a popular candidate for the 2016 Sikyong position, are seen as nuisance for the Tibetan leadership to deal with. In the present construct of the Tibetan leadership, you rise when you are prepared to pull out all the stops when carrying out the instructions from the top, regardless of who you have to backstab, betray or step down on. Hence you have:

  • Lobsang Sangay who presides over the greatest division of the Tibetan people in modern Tibetan history as he executes campaign after campaign against Rangzen aspirants and Dorje Shugden practitioners
  • Penpa Tsering who is still dodging criminal complaints against him being recently appointed as the Dalai Lama’s representative in North America
  • Ngodrup Dorje who forcibly turned people from nine Tibetan settlements into a mob that attacked a Dorje Shugden monastic house, being rewarded by his appointment as the Dalai Lamai’s representative in Belgium
  • Dhardon Sharling rising as a star in the CTA despite being disqualified from elections because she is prepared to perpetuate programmes that keep the Tibetan people divided

Some of the serious crimes CTA officials have been accused of and yet they are protected as the CTA is said to be beyond the law

Thus, when you consider all these factors and evidence, Tenzin Dhonden is merely a subtext in a much bigger and sinister story. If Tenzin Dhonden is the symptom of the real ills of Tibetan society, then as long as the Tibetan leadership protects, rewards and encourages the exploitation of their own people, there is no hope that Tibetans will ever realize any of their dreams. And it will be clear for everyone to see that the responsibility for that lies squarely and solely on the shoulders of the CTA.


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  1. Why does the Dalai Lama persecute Shugden people so harshly but actual image breakers like Tenzin Dhonden is treated lightly for his embarrassing crimes? 😖

  2. It wasn’t so long ago an article, came up about Tenzin Dhonden, activities and now, this new article about embezzlement is out.

    Tibetans in exile need to come out of their bubble, CTA has not done much to help their cause, and is only interested in lining their pockets.
    CTA has not managed all these people that were set up to represent and be a liaison for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. On top of CTA doing such inappropriate actions, there is also people who are appointed by the CTA, so its no surprise that they are also on the take.

  3. This is such a clear analogy of why the Tibetans in exile never had a chance to progress and after 50 years still refugees.

    Why the status of the Dalai Lama is eroding.

    All because CTA leadership creates disharmony over Rangzen and Umaylam and the ban on DorjeShugden and distract the Tibetans of how they stole all the monies donated to Tibetans to line their pockets.


  4. How come the Dalai Lama will get close and work with people like Tenzin Dhonden. Doesn’t the Dalai Lama have clairvoyance and extra-sensory powers to see through people. Tibetans consider Dalai Lama a bodhisattva Avolkitesvara so therefore he should not make mistakes right? 👍


  5. It’s quite refreshing to have someone from the parliament speaking up and raising questions about the unjustness that’s been happening within its own “government”. Tenpa Yarphel is extremely brave to speak up like that, Tibetans HAVE TO WATCH IT! 👍

    1. Tibetan shaves off his hair in protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel 2017 Sept

    2. Tibetan Parliament member representing Kagyu School Ven. Tenpa Yarphel speaks against Nechung

    Then of course, we have some intelligent individuals such as Geshe Dorje himself, who just wants attention, talks big but does nothing else 🙄 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIDZLzXIgW8

  6. I m think Nechung is one of d best when I m watch to dis video By Geshe Dorjee la but now I m think is not d truth n he is lie to Tibet people we are not back to Tibet yt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIDZLzXIgW8 Chithue Tenpa Yarphel la tq for talk about truth of Nechung . I m watch to this video many time la https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if2dFMKIr_8 n after I hear you talk I m not belief to Nechung

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

    Geshee Dorjee Youtube link:


  8. MP Tenpa Yarphel is very brave to questioned the validity and accuracy of the spirit Nechung who the Dalai Lama always consulted, apparently Nechung has been giving highly inaccurate prophecies, but people still keep using him because Dalai Lama keeps using him and nobody dare to say otherwise, although Nechung is full of mistake, no wonder Tibetans did not get back their country even after 60 years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuKOjcpLH8A

    Look at this guy’s way of protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel and you know why the Tibetans will never get back their country:

  9. Finally, there is someone from within the CTA who is brave enough to speak up about the false prophecies and the division created by Nechung



  10. Bravo to Tenpa Yarphel for speaking up so bravely! CTA has a lot of dodgy business going on even it’s own MP cannot keep quiet anymore. Watch what is being said here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if2dFMKIr_8

    Yet, those in denial continue to support the corruptions within the CTA by shaving off his hair in protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel

    He is also supported by Geshe Dorje himself who is riding on the Nechung issue giving no concrete proof as usual https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIDZLzXIgW8

  11. The whole system is wrong! nobody to check and audit, even if there are, they would be CTA’s own people and carries no convincing powers. If only all countries who donated to CTA all these while declare how much they have given to CTA then we can counter check. You know there will certainly be something with the corruption given with the 👿👿👿 rumours surrounding CTA.

  12. Funds for impoverished Tibetans goes into his pocket. DISGRACE! SHAMEFUL!!

  13. if we tibetans continue trust CTA leadership is very stupid.

    Any Tibetans that are still believing in CTA is paid 💰 by CTA or plain stupid. 🤡🤡

  14. Tenzin Dhonden is not only one misusing the. There must be more out there like him. 😔

  15. The so called “Tibetan govt’ in exile is small with so few members yet their corruption is so rife and among most of them. Secondly they are directly under the Dalai Lama who is a holy man. How can they be corrupt under a holy man? Doesn’t he have any influence on them or they have regards for him therefore be better in their ethics?
    Thirdly it shows that corruption is the way this ‘govt’ operates and it must have extended from Tibet. It has been their norm for centuries. No wonder Tibet was lost completely and so easily. No wonder after 60 years Tibet is not recovered.👎

  16. Tibetans already at India as refugee 60yrs ago, how much donation go to CTA, but can’t see any improve of the tibetans at all… sad

  17. CTA keeps saying DS practitioners take money from the Chinese government to create disharmony within the Tibetan community without any proof. At the same time, CTA is receiving billions of dollars from the international aids but they cannot provide any proof how the money is spent. I used to support the free Tibet cause or anything related to Tibet, but more and more news about how the fund is mismanaged and used inappropriately, I lost my respect and confident in CTA. They really are not doing any good to the Tibetans. So many Tibetans are still suffering, being stateless and continue to be a second grade residents, CTA leadership on the other hand is getting wealthier, how is that possible?

  18. How come HHDL has not spoken about this, where as he and the Tibetan Leadership always speaks against DS practitioners who have committed no crime?

    It is scary, how there has been a misappropriation of billions in funds by the Tibetan Leadership. From this article, it looks like they set up organisations, on the forefront, fighting for the Tibetan cause and for the Tibetan refugees, but in actuality, its for self-serving needs.

    Just by falsely declaring what the organisation has received is a crime! They’re misleading the kindness and generosity of the public, donors, sponsors, and students of HHDL! I’ll definitely be sure to be weary of any donations towards the Tibetan cause.

  19. When I hear the name Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in Dharamsala, the below will come to my mind immediately:
    - misspent donations
    - visa brokering and human trafficking ring
    - ICT collects donations that does not go to the Tibetan people
    - embezzlement
    - money laundering
    - backstab
    - betray
    - step down on
    - criminal
    and etc.

    I wonder why the kind donors still willing to donate to people who are legal criminals!

  20. In more progressive governments, people like Tenzin Dhonden will be stripped off his titles and work responsibilities whilst an independent investigation is conducted to ascertain the facts. Once proven he will have to persecuted based on the laws and receive the punishments for his wrong doings. His alleged wrong doings is criminal in nature and its a serious offence. The CTA must take these matters seriously to safeguard the nation and its people.

  21. Have you guys read this???

    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.

    Source: https://www.tibetsun.com/news/2017/11/14/dharamshala-tibetan-settlement-officer-appeals-for-peace


    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!

    Source: https://www.tibetsun.com/opinions/2017/11/11/tibetan-unity-in-peril-call-for-massive-street-protest-in-dharamshala



  22. Now we only have the corrupt CTA to rely on

    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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