While international issues and the respect of human
rights were not central during the presidential campaign, the issue of
Tibet and the protection of its unique cultural, religious and political
identity is overwhelmingly supported by millions of people both at home
and abroad, despite China’s far-reaching efforts to silence Tibetans.
ICT is dedicated and committed to making sure that the next
administration and Congress will continue to keep Tibet high on their
gives us strength, and we will continue to work hard with passion and
resolve to challenge China’s oppressive policies in Tibet through
institutions in the US and around the world.Read the full statement here.
Your Petitions Delivered to the Presidential Candidates
ICT delivered over 8,000 petitions to the Clinton and Trump
campaigns on November 1, 2016, one week before the presidential
election. Thank you to everyone who signed the petitions to the
Democratic and Republican presidential candidates urging them to
strengthen and reiterate American support to the Dalai Lama and the
people of Tibet. With a new President and Administration coming, your
voice of support for Tibet is that much more important!
ICT Makes Presentation at North American Tibetan Association Conference
On November 11, 2016, ICT’s Bhuchung K. Tsering and Tencho
Gyatso made a presentation on the work of the International Campaign for
Tibet to the participants of the 15th North American Tibetan
Association Conference in Boulder, CO. In addition to explaining the
programs of ICT, they spoke about the election of a new President and
the role the Tibetan American community could play in drawing the
attention of their members of Congress and the President to the Tibetan
The conference was held under the auspices of the Office of
Tibet in Washington, D.C. and attended by Representative Penpa Tsering,
two members of the Tibetan Parliament from North America, Pema
Chagzoetang and Tsewang Rinzin, and the Tibetan Minister of Finance,
Karma Yeshi, attended as the chief guest. There were over 21 Tibetan
communities represented from North America comprising of over 50
participants. In addition to ICT, presentations were made by
representatives of the Tibet Fund as well as the Students for a Free
DALAI LAMA Outpouring of Support During Dalai Lama Visit to Mongolia
The four-day trip to Mongolia saw His Holiness the Dalai Lama give Buddhist teachings to immense crowds
in a sports stadium and included a visit to Gandan Tegchenling
Monastery and participation in an International Conference on Buddhism
and Science in Ulaan Baatar. This high level of interest and
participation from the Mongolian public is a sign of the close cultural
and religious ties between Tibet and Mongolia, which extend back
hundreds of years. Successive Dalai Lamas have also visited Mongolia,
and the fourth Dalai Lama was born there. Mongolia welcomed His Holiness
despite warnings from China, which has serious economic leverage on the
land-locked Asian nation.
INSIDE TIBET Distress and anguish at Larung Gar as monks and nuns compelled to leave Distressing scenes of monks and nuns being forced to leave
Larung Gar Buddhist Institute in the last few days have emerged on
footage shared on social media. Many monks and nuns have been compelled
to sign a document stating that they would not return to the globally
renowned religious center in Serthar, eastern Tibet. Separately, RFA has reported
that an annual Larung Gar festival called Dechen Shingdrup, or
Accomplishing the Pure Land of Great Bliss, has been cancelled by
Respected scholar monk Labrang Jigme released from prison Labrang Jigme returned home last month
after being released two months after his five-year prison sentence
expired. Formerly a monk at Labrang monastery in Amdo, who had been
previously imprisoned and severely tortured in 2008 and 2010, Labrang
Jigme is well-known as a writer and intellectual who is the only known
Tibetan to record on video in Tibet an account of his own imprisonment
and views on Chinese policies against the Dalai Lama in which he gave
his full identity.
Two Tibetans, including well-known writer, detained just after release from prison
Two Tibetans, including a prominent writer who had just been released after serving several years in prison, were detained again
shortly afterwards, according to sources. Gangkye Drubpa Kyab, a
teacher by profession, was released from prison and allowed to return
home on September 16 (2016), a year before the end of his five and a
half- year prison sentence. The next day, he was detained again and is
back in detention. It has also been reported that Samdrub was detained
again on Sunday (September 18), less than a month after his release from
prison after serving five years.
Chinese police closely monitor event honoring Kirti Rinpoche RFA has reported
that police in Ngaba present at the opening of a lavish new residence
for exiled leader Kirti Rinpoche closely watched the gathered monks and
forbade any mention on printed invitations of him. “Chinese authorities
ordered the monastery not to send out invitation cards mentioning Kirti
Rinpoche’s residence,” one source told RFA. “Instead, they had to say
they were inaugurating a library built next door.”
VISIT OUR STORE Shop for the Holidays AND Support Tibet!
Gift Idea #1
ICT’s recently released 2017 wall calendar features the
works of twelve contemporary Tibetan artists who offer an exciting
glimpse into a new realm of Tibetan cultural expression. Quantities are
limited, so buy yours today for $14.99 + shipping through our online store or by calling (877) 259-9209.
Gift Idea #2
ICT’s online store offers Tibetan Prayer Flags in a variety
of sizes and materials- all handmade by Tibetan and Nepali artisans.
Check out our selection online or call (877) 259-9209.
Gift Idea #3
Use ICT’s greeting cards to send warm wishes to loved ones,
or put together a set to give as a gift! You can find a collection of
cards in our online store
that range from Contemporary Tibetan art to drawings by Tibetan
children from their time at the Refugee Reception Center. These lovely
cards share the beauty and impact of Tibetan culture and show your
solidarity with Tibetans.
Gift Idea #4
Displaying a quote from His Holiness and ICT’s logo, this
bag is a wonderful way to show you stand up for Tibetans while out and
about in your community. It also makes a great gift!
Purchase yours today for $15 + shipping through our online store or by calling (877) 259-9209.
year, why not give a gift that combines your warm wishes with your wish
for peace in Tibet? Find all of these items and more at www.savetibetstore.org.
IN THE NEWS New York Times photo story on Yarchen Gar Tibet’s second-largest “gar,”
which means monastic
encampment in Tibetan.