His Majesty King Lhagyari Trichen Wangchuk of Tibet

His Majesty The King of Tibet on the day of his coronation with His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the rest of the Royal family

His Majesty The King of Tibet on the day of his coronation in Dharamsala (India) with His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the other members of the Royal Family.

I have not had the honour of meeting the young King of Tibet who was crowned in religeous and deeply moving ceremony in Dharamsala in 2004 when he was only 12 years old. His father, King Lhagyari Trichen Namgyal Gyatso, spent two decades in prison after the Chinese took over Tibet more than 60 years ago and was later released when he managed to escape with the Royal Family to Dharamsala to join the Dalai Lama in exile.

I have had the honour though, of being in touch with him and of following his activities which our outstanding for a young man of his age who is totally dedicated to the welfare of his people.
In 2008, His Majesty actively was involved in the shoot of the film “Tibet is my Country”, filmed mostly in north India, and narrated by the King himself. It highlights life among young Tibetan refugees in northern India and the stark choices they must make about where to live, what language to speak, and the erosion of their identity as Tibetans.
He was also part of the stunning documentary ” The Day When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun.”
As the last remaining descendant of Tibetan kings, who was mentored from an early age by the Dalai Lama, the 22-year-old knows all too well that millions of people suffering in his homeland don’t enjoy the same freedoms.
His Majesty is currently travelling America talking about the plight of his people though bears no hatred towards the Chinese.
The King is undoubtedly a remarkable young leader excited for the future, passionate about his work, and ready for the challenges ahead. While his royal rank, life goals and experiences, and responsibilities to Tibet surely distinguish him from his peers and most other people on the planet, one of the most incredible things that truly separates him and makes him exceptional is his humility.
He is a leader, no matter what the future holds, and his experiences, love of people, and humble attitude will surely be the traits in his character that bring him and his cause far in life.
The young monarch has already accomplished so much to serve and honour his people, and his diplomatic, gentle, and humble character will surely be a part of how he uses his education and leadership skills to help his nation, fearlessly giving voice to Tibetans and their struggles

One day, I hope he will return to the homeland he has never been to, as a constitutional king. His Majesty is at the total service of his country and his people and is devoted to His Holiness the Dalai Lama who has been his mentor since his early years and who has supervised his education.

I have also been in touch with his mother, Her Majesty Queen Mother Lhagyari Phuntsok Dolkar who resides in the Unites States to be close to His Majesty and his younger sister, H.R.H. Princess Lhagyary Namgyal DOlkar who is the Vice president Gu Chum Sum Movement of Tibet and resides in Dharamsala , also working actively for the wellbeing of her fellow Tibetans.
I can only say that the Tibetan Roya Family is exemplary.

I would like to thank His Majesty from this post for his lovely endorsement to my latest novel, co-authored with my sister Charis, ” The Twilight of the Fourth World.”

general banki moonHis Majesty with General Banki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations in New York.

 

The Chinese accuses the Dalai Lama of blasphemy

The great paradox is that an atheist regime as the Government of the People’s Republic of China, has accused a revered religious figure such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama of blasphemy.

The origin of the dispute is His Holiness’s comments that he may be the last to hold his position as the Tibetans’ spiritual leader.

“What he said is blasphemy against Tibetan Buddhism,” the CPC-appointed governor of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Padma Choling who is an ethnic Tibetan, told reporters, speaking on the sidelines of the on-going 10-day session of the National People’s Congress, or Chinese Parliament, in Beijing.

This is absurd because in spite of what this man says, the Dalai Lama can decide if he reincarnates or not and it is not against the Tibetan Buddhism tradition if a senior lama decides not to be  reincarnated in the body of a child on his death.

The comments of Padma Choling underline an unusual situation where the officially atheist CPC is demanding that a centuries-old system of reincarnation continue but what makes things worst is that he is an ethnic Tibetan colaborator of the Chinese regime and thus a traitor to his people.

During the 20th century we have seen traitors such as this one like for example during the invasion of France, Holland etc by the Nazis.

The Dalai Lama has said he is against a continuation of the system merely “for political ends”, suggesting that his title could end with him.

He has also alternatively suggested that his successor may be born outside of China, in an overseas Tibetan community, perhaps in India. The Dalai Lama has said he will make a formal statement on the issue when he turns 90, a decade from now.

China  lies when they say that the Dalai Lama position has historically been appointed in conjunction with rulers in Beijing. The pretense that a communist atheist goverment  should also approve the reincarnation of senior lamas including the Dalai Lama is ludicrous.

His Holiness has reiterated calls for “genuine autonomy” and not outright independence, and protection of Tibetans’ rights under the framework of the Chinese constitution but China is not responding to these overtures but continuosly attack him and by rejecting the memorandum as “disguised independence” for its call for a central administration to guarantee religious, cultural and other rights for Tibetans not just in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) but in Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai and Yunnan where around half of the 6 million Tibetans in China reside.

Over the past few years, Tibetan areas in China have seen a string of self-immolation protests, with more than 100 Tibetans setting themselves on fire and calling for the return of the Dalai Lama. China has accused exiled Tibetan monks in Dharamsala of organising the protests.

The Dalai Lama’s envoys in their resignation letter suggested that China was hardening its stand of late, saying that “one of the key Chinese interlocutors in the dialogue process even advocated abrogation of minority status as stipulated in the Chinese constitution thereby seeming to remove the basis of autonomy”.

As His Holiness becomes eighty next July, it is more neccessary than ever that all the free thinkers of the world and the Western Government force China to grant autonomy to Tibet as per the suggestions of the Dalai Lama. They must undertsand once and for all, that the Dalai Lama is the solution for the Tibetan problem for the Chinese and not the problem. Until then, the Tibetans will be more and more alienated from the occupying forces that in the past five decades have commited genocide and should be held accountable for Human Rights abuses.

DalailamaThe author with His Holiness The Dalai Lama