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Conversations about Tibet with engaging thinkers, leaders, activists and artists

Conversations about Tibet with engaging thinkers, leaders, activists and artists

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021
12 pm EDT / 9 am PDT
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Join us for a special ask-me-anything edition of Tibet Talks with Tsering Jampa, executive director of ICT Europe, Kai Mueller, executive director of ICT Germany, and Bhuchung Tsering, interim president of ICT.

You’re invited to bring your questions, like: What’s the situation in Tibet today? What are the US and European countries doing to help? What’s ICT working on? And, how can we support the Dalai Lama’s vision? You ask the questions—we’ll answer them!

Tibet Talks will stream on Facebook Live and on this webpage. The talk will also be released as a podcast, available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Learn more at savetibet.org/pod/.

PAST TALKS

ICT is proud to present Tibet Talks, a series of live conversations about Tibet with engaging thinkers, leaders, activists and artists. If you can’t watch our Tibet Talks, you can hear them on our podcast. Listen to the latest episode here or learn more at www.https://savetibet.org/pod »

ICT is proud to present Tibet Talks, a series of live conversations about Tibet with engaging thinkers, leaders, activists and artists. If you can’t watch our Tibet Talks, you can hear them on our podcast. Listen to the latest episode here or learn more at www.https://savetibet.org/pod »

VIDEO ARCHIVE

THE AMBASSADOR'S DOG

June 17, 2021
THE AMBASSADOR’S DOG

Scott DeLisi spent 35 years as an American diplomat, including US Ambassador to Eritrea, Uganda and Nepal. He says Nepal touched his heart more than any other assignment. It’s also where he had a serendipitous meeting with a small blue-eyed Tibetan mastiff puppy in the ancient region of Lo-Monthang on Nepal’s border with Tibet.

DeLisi then collaborated with ICT member and award-winning American artist Jane Lillian Vance to create a beautiful illustrated book called “The Ambassador’s Dog.” In this conversation with ICT, they will discuss Tibet, Nepal and the heartwarming story behind “The Ambassador’s Dog.”

TENZIN GEYCHE TETHONG

May 20, 2021
TENZIN GEYCHE TETHONG

Blessed by the Dalai Lama himself, Tenzin Geyche Tethong’s new biography of His Holiness features previously unpublished photos and unparalleled insights into the Dalai Lama’s leadership, compassion and gentle humor. Born in 1943 in Lhasa, Tethong first joined the Tibetan administrative service in the early 1960s and served in the Private Office of the Dalai Lama until 2007.

In this discussion, Tethong tells us about his book, “His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illustrated Biography,” and his 40 years as a close aide to the Dalai Lama.

TIBETAN ELECTIONS 2021

April 29, 2021
TIBETAN ELECTIONS 2021

Tibetans in exile have a borderless democratic governance system. Tibetans in exile living in over 30 countries go to the polls every five years to elect the sikyong, their political leader, and the 45 members of their parliament in exile. They have a two-stage election system, the primary one to determine candidates, followed by the main elections. This year, the primary elections took place on Jan. 3, 2021 and final elections on April 11, 2021.

In this two-part conversation, you will hear about this Tibetan democratic experience from Thomas Mann, former German Member of the European parliament and leader of the 2016 Tibetan Election Observation Mission that ICT was involved with; and Tsering Norzom Thonsur, former member of Tibetan Parliament in exile, in conversation with Tencho Gyatso.

Remembering the 1959 Tibetan Uprising

March 11, 2021
REMEMBERING THE 1959 TIBETAN UPRISING

On March 10, 1959, thousands of Tibetans took to the streets of their capital city, Lhasa. Although their uprising was eventually crushed—with the Chinese government killing thousands of Tibetans in the process—they succeeded in keeping their struggle alive, including by helping their leader, the Dalai Lama, escape to safety in neighboring India.

In this episode of Tibet Talks, we honor the 62nd anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising with a trio of great guests: Tseten Wangchuk, a Tibetan journalist and Sino-Tibetan commentator in Washington, DC; Li Jianglin, an independent scholar and writer who specializes in post-1950 Tibetan history; and Tsewang Rigzin, a fellow at the Columbia Population Research Center and a social policy and policy analysis doctoral candidate at Columbia University.

Geshe Thupten Jinpa

December 10, 2020
GESHE THUPTEN JINPA

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10, 1989 as “A Buddhist Advocate for Peace and Freedom.” The Nobel Committee emphasized that he “based his Buddhist peace philosophy on reverence for all living things and the idea of a universal responsibility that embraces both man and nature.”

On Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, ICT will host a special conversation with Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Buddhist scholar and principal English translator to the Dalai Lama. We’ll take a journey to hear his recollections of that glorious day in Oslo, Norway and learn about the Dalai Lama’s main commitments, teachings, philosophy, inspiration, and how he has shaped a message of peace and compassion to benefit not only Tibet but the entire world.

Asst. Secretary Robert A. Destro Featuring Tibetan-American Youth

November 19, 2020
ASST. SECRETARY ROBERT A. DESTRO FEATURING TIBETAN-AMERICAN YOUTH

Assistant Secretary Robert A. Destro was appointed the new special coordinator for Tibetan issues in the US State Department on Oct. 14, 2020.

In this conversation, Destro joins ICT to speak directly to Tibetan American youth. Three alumni of ICT’s Tibetan Youth Leadership Program take part in the discussion, along with several other young Tibetans.

Afterward, Aftab Pureval, clerk of the courts for Hamilton County, Ohio, and Dawa Lokyitsang, a PhD student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, speak on a panel about pathways to success for Tibetan American youth.

Sharon Salzberg

October 22, 2020
SHARON SALZBERG

A first encounter with Buddhism as a college student in 1969 sparked an interest that took Sharon Salzberg on a journey to India for intensive study of meditation. Returning to the United States five years later, she began to teach. In 1976, she co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and 13 years later, she co-founded the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

Sharon offers a variety of teachings around the globe and is the author of 11 books, including “Lovingkindness,” a New York Times bestseller. A longtime ICT member and friend of Tibet, Sharon taught a regular monthly meditation class at ICT’s office in Washington, DC for many years. In this conversation, she discussed her latest book, “Real Change,” on how to embody fundamental principles of mindfulness practice toward creating social change and a better world for all.

Dr. Stephan Rechtschaffen

October 8, 2020
DR. STEPHAN RECHTSCHAFFEN

In 1973, Stephan Rechtschaffen was finishing medical school when he traveled to northern India and provided care to Tibetan refugees, especially many elderly monks. He recalls feeling the intense hardships of their escape across the Himalayas —but also being struck by their extraordinary stillness, presence and deep reverence.

Almost 50 years later, Rechtschaffen is a dedicated practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, nationally recognized holistic doctor and original founder of the Omega Institute and of Blue Spirit in Costa Rica. He’s also been a member of ICT for more than two decades, and in this conversation, he shares why he wishes other people knew more about Tibet and explain why “Taking care of Tibet is taking care of the whole body of humanity.”

Adrian Zenz

October 1, 2020
ADRIAN ZENZ

Scholar Adrian Zenz published a groundbreaking study revealing a mass coerced labor program that enlisted more than half a million rural Tibetans in just seven months. Since then, several major newspapers have written about his findings, parliamentarians across the globe have demanded urgent action—and the Chinese government has denounced him.

In this special episode of Tibet Talks, Zenz talks to ICT about his new report, “Xinjiang’s System of Militarized Vocational Training Comes to Tibet,” and describe how the Chinese government is trying to eliminate Tibet’s unique and ancient culture.

Congressman Andy Levin

September 24, 2020
CONGRESSMAN ANDY LEVIN

Congressman Andy Levin, elected in 2018 to represent Michigan’s 9th District, may be a new member of Congress, but he is not new to Tibet. He holds a BA in Religion from Williams College and a master’s degree in Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Michigan. He studied at the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India in 1981-82, where he first met His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He traveled to Tibet (the regions of Kham and Amdo) in 1989 and soon after interviewed His Holiness, resulting in newspaper and magazine articles when His Holiness won the Nobel Peace Prize that year. His experiences in India, Tibet and China are one of the reasons Levin sought a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Asia subcommittee.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

September 10, 2020
ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN

During three decades in Congress, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was an outspoken supporter of Tibet and helped lead the effort to award the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal. In this discussion for ICT’s Tibet 2020 campaign, Ros-Lehtinen who was the first Cuban American woman elected to Congress, will explain how the advocacy of ordinary Americans and of the Tibetan American community can help the Tibetan people – and can do so again this election year.

Barbara Demick

August 13, 2020
BARBARA DEMICK
Author of “Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town”

Barbara Demick’s new book puts the spotlight back on the issue of Tibet. The New York Times describes her book as “a brilliantly reported and eye-opening work of narrative nonfiction.” Spanning decades of history, “Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town” tells the story of Ngaba, now tragically known for having the highest number of Tibetan self-immolations. By focusing on the lives of several Tibetans from the region, Demick illuminates the nature of the Tibetan-Chinese relationship, and what it’s like to be Tibetan in the 21st century.

Greg Craig

August 6, 2020
MR. GREG CRAIG

On August 6 ICT hosted its second conversation aimed at raising awareness about Tibet for the American public as part of its Tibet 2020 campaign. Mr. Gregory Craig, Former Director of Policy Planning and Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues (1997-1998) was joined for a conversation by ICT President Matteo Mecacci.

Mr. Craig, who served as White House Counsel under President Obama and the State Department’s Policy Planning Director in the Clinton Administration, was the first US official appointed to the position of Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues. Craig helped make Tibet a priority at the highest level of the US government for the first time and on the world stage.

Paula Dobriansky

July 30, 2020
AMBASSADOR PAULA DOBRIANSKY

On July 30th ICT hosted a special episode of Tibet Talks with Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs and Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, in conversation with ICT President Matteo Mecacci.

Their conversation focused on why American support for Tibet continues to be crucial in the context of worsening US-China relations and the upcoming US presidential election.

Conrad Anker

July 16, 2020
A CONVERSATION ON TIBET, CLIMATE CHANGE AND CLIMBING

The Tibetan Plateau is the tallest and largest plateau on Earth, as well as perhaps its most beautiful. Exploring and preserving it are passions for Conrad Anker, a master alpinist, climber and Rowell Fund for Tibet board member.

In this hour-long conversation, Anker will describe his love for Tibet’s natural wonders and its people with ICT Board Member John Ackerly.

Dalai Lama birthday

July 6, 2020
CELEBRATE THE DALAI LAMA’S 85TH BIRTHDAY

ICT’s founding President Tenzin Tethong, who served as the Dalai Lama’s representative to North America from 1973-86 and special representative in Washington, DC from 1987-90, will describe the Dalai Lama’s first trips to the US.

Eight ICT members will also share stories of how the Dalai Lama changed their lives.

Richard Gere

June 30, 2020
ICT CHAIRMAN RICHARD GERE TESTIFIES IN THE US SENATE

Gere testified about Chinese censorship at a Senate subcommittee hearing on June 30, 2020. Afterward, ICT President Matteo Mecacci discussed Gere’s testimony live with ICT members.

Dr. Eleni Tousimis

June 25, 2020
DR. ELENI TOUSIMIS
Chief of Breast Surgical Oncology, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

What being the Dalai Lama’s doctor on call taught me about peace, passion and purpose

June 18, 2020
ELIOT PATTISON
Edgar Award-winning author

The “Inspector Shan” mystery series and why I write about Tibet

June 11, 2020
SOPHIE RICHARDSON
China Director, Human Rights Watch

The importance and challenges of researching in Tibet for one of the leading global human rights organizations

June 3, 2020
AMBASSADOR SAM BROWNBACK
United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

CONGRESSMAN JIM McGOVERN
Chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, ICT was unable to organize our annual Tibetan Youth Leadership Program in Washington, DC. In lieu of this, we hosted this live online conversation with US leaders and Tibetan American youth leaders.

May 28, 2020
DR. RICK HANSON
Psychologist and Author of “Buddha’s Brain”

Gratitude makes you strong – How Tibet has inspired me

May 21, 2020
PROFESSOR LOBSANG TENZIN NEGI
Executive Director, Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics, Professor of Pedagogy, Dept. of Religion, Emory University

Reflecting the Dalai Lama’s vision to bring compassion into the education system through SEE Learning™ (Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning)

May 14, 2020
MATTEO MECACCI AND BHUCHUNG K. TSERING
ICT President and Vice President

The Tibetan Policy and Support Act and how to keep Tibet high on Congress’ agenda

May 7, 2020
PROF. TENZIN DORJEE
US Commission on International Religious Freedom

Why Tibetan religious freedom matters and my role on USCIRF

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