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. 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!

    Sikyong Sangay, the ball is in your court

  2. 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.


  3. Although His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s secretary had previously denied that the Dalai Lama was paid $1 million to speak for Raniere, a trace has been found that the Dalai Lama’s trust has received US$ 2 million in donation ten days after the event. Raniere is the leader of a cult called NXIVM which brands women on their pubic region with his initials and requires them to give him nude photos of themselves and other damaging material in case they reveal the secrets of his cult.

    Although the Dalai Lama office continues to deny that the donation was related to the speaking engagement, one can’t help but wonder whether His Holiness would have received such donation if he did not come to Albany to speak in the first place?

    Dalai Lama Secretary denies $1 million paid to speak for Raniere; Yet Dalai Lama Trust founded 10 days after Albany speech with $2 million in donations
    January 27, 2018 | By Frank Parlato
    The Dalai Lama’s secretary has denied the Dalai Lama was paid $1 million by Clare and Sara Bronfman to endorse cult leader Keith Raniere. That may be true. He might have got $2 million.
    The Dalai Lama’s secretary, Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa, wrote:
    Clarification in Response to the Daily Mail Story of 24 January 2018
    The 24 January 2018 Daily Mail article by Ryan Parry regarding an appearance by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at an event held in Albany, New York in 2009 contains incorrect statements and untrue allegations. We wish to categorically state that His Holiness the Dalai Lama never takes an honorarium or fee of any sort, nor does he require that any payment be made to charities or organizations, as a condition of his making a personal appearance. Therefore, the reported allegation has no basis. Neither His Holiness the Dalai Lama nor the Dalai Lama Foundation ever received the alleged $1 million in connection with His Holiness’s appearance in Albany. As reported in the Daily Mail, during His Holiness’s talk in Albany in 2009, he called on the media to investigate the allegations made about the NXIVM organization and its founder, and was quite clear that the truth should be exposed.

    It is true, the Dalai Lama asked the media to investigate Keith Raniere. But whether he received money or not is another issue. Let’s parse the above statement a little:
    The Dalai Lama’s secretary said the Dalai Lama “never takes an honorarium or fee of any sort”.
    A donation is not a fee or an honorarium.
    The secretary said: “nor does he require that any payment be made to charities or organizations, as a condition of his making a personal appearance.”
    Again, the secretary says a payment was not required. But he does not say a donation was not made by Clare and Sara Bronfman.
    The Dalai Lama appeared in Albany on May 6, 2009 and he gave Raniere a white scarf onstage. He allowed the Bronfman sisters to sit onstage with him. [For readers unaware, Keith Raniere heads a cult called NXIVM which brands women on their pubic region with his initials and requires them to give him nude photos of themselves and other damaging material in case they reveal the secrets of his cult.]
    The Dalai Lama may have received a donation that was understood to be an ‘unconditional donation” not connected to his speaking engagement in Albany.
    He may have agreed to speak in Albany, and they may have agreed the donation was unconnected to his speaking so, therefore, it not ‘connected’ to his appearance.
    The Dalai Lama’s secretary does not deny that the Bronfmans donated money.  The Secretary said, “Neither His Holiness the Dalai Lama nor the Dalai Lama Foundation ever received the alleged $1 million in connection with His Holiness’s appearance in Albany.” [emphasis mine].
    I get it: He did not receive the $1 million ‘in connection with His Holiness’s appearance’ but, again, the secretary does not say the Dalai Lama did not get $1 million [or possibly more] from the Bronfmans.
    He only states the Dalai Lama did not get $1 million ‘in connection with his appearance’.
    It may have been what is called an ‘unconditional donation.’
    Now let us look at some coincidences:
    The Dalai Lama spoke in Albany on May 6, 2009.
    The Dalai Lama Trust was founded May 16, 2009. [10 days later].
    See the Dalai Lama trust’s IRS return for 2009.
    See also: Dalai Lama Trust certificate of incorporation.
    The IRS return shows $2.2 million in unconditional donations and royalties for 2009.
    It could be a coincidence, but it is peculiar that the Dalai Lama appears in Albany on May 6, 2009 and 10 days later the Dalai Lama trust is formed in the USA which gets $2 million plus in donations etc.
    When I worked for NXIVM/Bronfmans, I was told by a high ranking NXIVM official that, prior to the Dalai Lama’s coming to speak [before he canceled the first time] the Bronfman sisters pledged to donate $1 million to him.
    When he canceled, the sisters, plus Keith Raniere and Lama Tenzin, rushed to India to get the Dalai Lama to change his mind. I was no longer working for NXIVM. But I heard they offered the Dalai Lama another million [making it $2 million]. I never confirmed the second million, and I never saw the checks.
    It may be true the Bronfmans did not donate anything. But it seems far fetched that the Dalai Lama came at his own expense to Albany and got nothing in return. And then a trust suddenly opens in the US just 10 days after his appearance?


  4. 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.


  5. Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist.


  6. Why has the Dalai Lama Trust stopped issuing Audited Accounts since 2015?

    Isn’t that compulsory?

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