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.”