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I hope China will accept dialogue with Tibetans: Lobsang Sangay

February 28, 2018
Dharamsala, February 28 (IANS) His salary is “less than that of an Indian postman”, but it is his task to communicate his community’s desire for liberty across the globe. And Lobsang Sangay, the 49-year-old Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) President, has a packed agenda, including convincing Beijing to have dialogue with the Tibetans on their rights.
 
“The current year is a year to engage, educate and empower ourselves and the movement,” the political successor to the Dalai Lama, the Nobel laureate and global face of the Tibetan movement, told IANS in an interview here. It is also significant as March 31 will mark the beginning of the 60th year of the Dalai Lama stepping on Indian soil.

Though he has returned to his second home where he was born and brought up after spending 15 years at Harvard University, the financial constraints don’t really matter.

“I am getting a salary less than an Indian postman,” Sangay told IANS.

“I am here to lead a movement that campaigns globally for rights of my brothers and sisters, both in exile and Tibet,” said the democratically-elected CTA President — a position often referred to as Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile

Sixty years ago, some 80,000 Tibetans, along with their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, left Lhasa after a failed uprising against Communist rule over Tibet and fled to India. The Tibetan exile administration, called the CTA, is based in this northern Indian hill town, where the spiritual leader also lives.

Sangay, who normally dons a achuba — a loose cloak worn by both Tibetan men and women — believes education is the most potent and realistic investment and a tool.

He took the oath of office for his second consecutive term in May 2016. China, however, doesn’t recognise his government-in-exile and hasn’t held any talks with the Dalai Lama’s envoys since January 2010 to resolve the Tibetan issue.

“In the past six-and-a-half years, I have been to almost all the Tibetan settlements across India, North America and Europe. Our basic purpose is to educate our younger generation — the more skilfully we educate them, the more successfully we will develop strong foundations for the future,” Sangay said.

With the Dalai Lama stepping down from diplomacy and active politics, the elected leader of Tibetan people, also known as Sikyong, has acquired added stature.

Sangay normally attends office daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. After finishing his work, he informally interacts with the local Tibetan communities from his two-bedroom apartment here. His cabinet meets twice a week — every Tuesday and Friday, even in his absence.

Born in 1968 in India, Sangay pursues the Dalai Lama’s advocacy of genuine autonomy for the people of Tibet.

“We do believe in the middle-way approach that international leaders and even many Chinese intellectuals support,” he said. “As long as human rights violations continue, there will be resistance from our people in Tibet.”

“I hope China will accept dialogue as the only way to resolve the issue peacefully”.

The Tibetan administration is launching a round-the-year campaign in India on March 17 from Arunachal Pradesh to reach out to the Indian community through “Thank You India” events.

The spiritual leader entered India on March 31, 1959, through Arunachal Pradesh, along with his followers.

“It also marks 60 years of Tibet under China which is a sad and tragic chapter of Tibet’s history. However, the last 60 years of the Tibetan community in exile has also been a story of success,” Sangay said.

He jokingly referred the Tibetan movement as “the first and original product of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative”.

Expressing gratitude, he said: “His Holiness the Dalai Lama calls himself as a ‘son of India’ because he has survived on the nutritious Indian dal-roti and also because his mind is filled with the rich knowledge of ancient India.”

Around 140,000 Tibetans now live in exile, over 100,000 of them in different parts of India. Over six million Tibetans live in Tibet.



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Re: I hope China will accept dialogue with Tibetans: Lobsang Sangay
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2018, 12:23:50 PM »
Did we get it all wrong?!!

No word about half of the Tibetan population being refused medical healthcare, being refused to shops and restaurants by the CTA, the Central Tibetan Administration!

No word about how they treat Dorje Shugden practitioners!

So where are the requests for dialogue with China according to the Middle Way?

China does a lot for the 6 million Tibetans in China by improving the situation in Tibet and lowering the poverty. What does Lobsang Sangay do for them?

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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2018, 09:44:36 AM »
Seriously, how much more do Lobsang Sangay or CTA want to embarrass themselves with these misleading bordering fake statements when more and more people are clued on their disappointing and unscrupulous actions?

Firstly, their statement riddled with half-truths and conveniently omitting CTA’s discrimination of Dorje Shugden practitioners. Then, despite such statements, not only do CTA fail to properly engage China for discussions but at every turn, CTA take very questionable actions to self-sabotage any chance of  good faith dialogues.

No wonder more and more Tibetans are speaking out against CTA and even threatening to self-emulate to protest against CTA.  http://www.dorjeshugden.com/all-articles/monk-threatens-tibetan-leadership-with-self-immolation/

With the dwindling support even from the host country India (http://www.dorjeshugden.com/all-articles/news/indias-confidential-memo-on-the-tibetans-leaked/ ), time is really running out for CTA.

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Re: I hope China will accept dialogue with Tibetans: Lobsang Sangay
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2018, 03:36:52 PM »
The Chinese Government will not accept any dialogue with the CTA until they and the Dalai Lama revoke the ban on Dorje Shugden.

China has a public policy that prohibits any form of discrimination against the followers of Dorje Shugden.

They will not accept dialogue until the ban is lifted.

This of course will totally embarrass the Dalai Lama and the CTA.

In reversing their ban they would have to admit they were wrong and treated the followers of Dorje Shugden in an illegal manner.

Don't hold you breath for any changes.

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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2019, 08:36:58 AM »
Did we get it all wrong?!!

No word about half of the Tibetan population being refused medical healthcare, being refused to shops and restaurants by the CTA, the Central Tibetan Administration!

No word about how they treat Dorje Shugden practitioners!

So where are the requests for dialogue with China according to the Middle Way?

China does a lot for the 6 million Tibetans in China by improving the situation in Tibet and lowering the poverty. What does Lobsang Sangay do for them?

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Re: I hope China will accept dialogue with Tibetans: Lobsang Sangay
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2019, 08:45:45 AM »
Did we get it all wrong?!!

No word about half of the Tibetan population being refused medical healthcare, being refused to shops and restaurants by the CTA, the Central Tibetan Administration!

No word about how they treat Dorje Shugden practitioners!

So where are the requests for dialogue with China according to the Middle Way?

China does a lot for the 6 million Tibetans in China by improving the situation in Tibet and lowering the poverty. What does Lobsang Sangay do for them?
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If Lobsang Sangay has been working hard to try to establish a dialogue with China but until today there is no results, it means Lobsang Sangay is not effective at all as a leader. He talks big with big words but the result is  so minimal. He makes himself looks busy but he is not doing any work.

He always creates conflicts between different group of people in the Tibetan community. He knows there are many problems but he refuses to solve them. For examples, the 2 Karmapas issue, the Dorje Shugden ban and his conflict with Penpa Tsering.

It is a shame that a Harvard graduate like Lobsang Sangay cannot inspire Tibetans or lead Tibetans to a better future. He is also involved in many scandals, the financial scandal and the sex scandals. He was accused of sexually assaulting an intern.

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Re: I hope China will accept dialogue with Tibetans: Lobsang Sangay
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2019, 02:55:18 PM »
Lobsang Sangay keeps irking China and at the same time expects China to give autonomy to Tibet? He sure is delusional, ignorant and arrogant. This is the kind of mindset that made Tibetan lose its country in the first place and the same kind of mindset that will not get them anywhere nearer to home. Sad case. It's like watching the dog chasing after its own tail. Poor doggy, when will he stop and snap out of it?

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Tibetans fume at Chinese move to interfere in Dalai Lama reincarnation process

As the fourteenth Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, turned 84 last month, China has started pushing its agenda by claiming rights in the selection process of the next Dalai Lama.

The recent controversy involving Tibet and China is related to the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. According to the Buddhist tradition in Tibet, scholar-adepts are recognised, which are considered to be of immense help to both Dharma and sentient beings and in particular to the monastic community. Perhaps, the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama is being explored in light of the tradition.

The Central Tibet Administration, the Tibetan government-in-exile, expects India should follow the US and tell China not to interfere in the reincarnation process. “India should urge China not to interfere in this Tibetan religious and cultural matter. Like the US Congress, it should also make it clear that China-appointed Dalai Lama will not be accepted by the International Community,” Tsewang Gyalpo Arya, Secretary, Department of Information and International Relations of Central Tibet Administration, said.

In April 2019, US Senator Cory Gardner said at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Asia Subcommittee that the Congress would not recognise a Dalai Lama chosen by the Chinese government.

In an email response to this correspondent, TG Arya, said, “It [Chinese attempt to reincarnate the 15th Dalai Lama] is a gross interference in Tibetan Buddhist spiritual affairs.”

He also blamed Chinese communist party leadership for dismantling Tibetan monasteries and repression of religion on behest of China continues in Tibet. “They [Chinese] don’t believe in religion and reincarnation, so their move to interfere in reincarnation matter is to destroy the foundation of Tibetan spiritualism to serve their political agenda. Tibetans and the International [community] will not tolerate this.”

When asked if it is an attempt by China to dismantle Tibet’s strive for autonomy, Arya responded, “Yes, it is. They want to dismantle every aspect of Tibetan political, religious and cultural identity and Sinicise the region.”

The Dalai Lama and CTA have also hinted at the possibility of the spiritual leader’s incarnation being found in India, the country where he has spent around 60 years in exile. In the meantime, both these Tibetan authorities have strictly warned that “any other successor named by China would not be respected.”

The 14th Dalai Lama clearly rejects the role of China in the reincarnation process. But the People’s Republic of China presses its claim over the issue. At a media briefing in March 2019, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said the 14th Dalai Lama himself was chosen by ancient religious rituals, therefore, “..reincarnations including that of the Dalai Lama, should observe the country’s laws and regulations,” reported Hindu Business Line.

Tibet, an international issue

Tibet’s history and its relations with China have been variedly interpreted. While China claims Tibet to be a part of it since the Yuan Dynasty, pieces of evidence suggest that China’s propagation is a 20th-century construction. At times, Tibet has also become a bone of contention between India and China. China maintains that Tibet is an internal issue of China and not a bilateral one. Whereas, the fact of the matter is, Tibet is an issue which plays a crucial role in China’s relation with countries such as India, Bhutan, and Nepal.

Things turned ugly when Tibetans sensed a trap by the Chinese government to capture the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. He was asked by a Chinese general to come to Chinese military headquarters without his security men if he wished to watch a performance by a Chinese dance troupe, wrote Dalai Lama in his official biography. Tibetans surrounded their spiritual leader to escape his speculated abduction and on March 17, 1959, Tibet’s spiritual leader, then 23, had to flee to India to save his life. Back home, thousands of protesters were brutally killed by Chinese forces. Since then the 14th Dalai Lama has been in exile.

Tradition of reincarnation

The 14th Dalai Lama in his biography mentions that “Reincarnation is a phenomenon which should take place either through the voluntary choice of the concerned person or at least on the strength of his or her karma, merit and prayers. Therefore, the person who reincarnates has sole legitimate authority over where and how he or she takes rebirth and how that reincarnation is to be recognised.” But, the 14th Dalai Lama throws the issue of reincarnation back to followers of Tibetan Buddhism, he writes, “When I am about ninety, I will consult the high Lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public, and other concerned people who follow Tibetan Buddhism, and re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not. On that basis, we will take a decision. If it is decided that the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama should continue and there is a need for the Fifteenth Dalai Lama to be recognised, responsibility for doing so will primarily rest on the concerned officers of the Dalai Lama’s Gaden Phodrang Trust.”

On the procedures of who and how should the reincarnation process follow, the spiritual leader in his biography writes, “I shall leave clear written instructions about this [reincarnation]. Bear in mind that, apart from the reincarnation recognised through such legitimate methods, no recognition or acceptance should be given to a candidate chosen for political ends by anyone, including those in the People’s Republic of China.”

The spiritual leader, earlier this year, in an interview to Reuters, anticipated China’s interference in foisting his successor. “In future, in case you see two Dalai Lamas, one from here [India], a free country, [and] one chosen by Chinese, then nobody will trust, nobody will respect [the one chosen by China]. So that’s an additional problem for the Chinese! It’s possible, it can happen,” the 14th Dalai Lama was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Reiteration of claims

On August 7, President of the Tibetan government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay outrightly rejected the Chinese attempts to induct successor of the 14th Dalai Lama. Sangay took China head-on saying, “Look at the track record of the Chinese government, which has always vilified the present Dalai Lama.” He further asked, “Who will accept Chinese claims? How many Tibetans would follow a Chinese Dalai Lama?”

Sangay invoked the case of 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, saying, “If China plans to have two Dalai Lamas then he will be treated by Tibetans in the same way they treated Panchen Lama.”
Panchen Lama is considered to be a second-highest spiritual authority in Tibetan Buddhism after the Dalai Lama. On April 25, 1995, Gedhun C Nyima turned six and he was allegedly abducted by the Chinese government. Six months later to Gedhun’s abduction, China announced that it had found the ‘real’ reincarnation of Panchen Lama. A Tibetan boy Gyaltsen Norbu was declared as the 11th Panchen Lama. Norbu is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a top advisory body to China’s government. However, most of the Tibetans do not consider him to be the Panchen Lama and refer to him as ‘Panchen Zuma’ or ‘fake Panchen’.

Source: https://tibet.net/2019/08/tibetans-fume-at-chinese-move-to-interfere-in-dalai-lama-reincarnation-process/