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Exile Tibetan national meet to discuss future plans

August 30, 2010

Tibetan Review
August 28, 2010

Some 450 delegates from across the globe are
taking part in the first National General Meeting
of Tibetans in exile being held at the Tibetan
settlement at Bylakuppe in Mysore District of
Karnataka state from Aug 26 to 31. The meeting,
0rganized by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, is
designed to assess the past records and future
plans for furthering the national,
socio-economic, and related concerns and interests of the Tibetan people.

Attending the meeting, whose opening cremonywas
held in the Dickyi Larso settlement’s community
hall, were members of the exile Tibetan cabinet,
including the Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche, and
parliament as well as representatives of the four
schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the Bon religion,
representatives of local Tibetan assemblies,
general public, Bod-Rangwang Denpai Legul
Tsockchung (ie, members of Regional Tibetan
Freedom Movement Committees), NGOs, schools,
Tibetan doctors, scholars and social activists.

Following the opening ceremony, the participants
broke up into eight committees, with each one
focusing on specific issues, "such as political
affairs, promotion of democracy, religion,
culture, sustenance of settlements, education,
health, economy, welfare of Tibetans living in
scattered communities and resolution of the issue
of Tibet through the Middle-Way Approach,"
reported the exile government’s Tibet.net Aug 27.

Explaining the purpose of the meeting, the Kalon
Tripa has said that while the exile Tibetan
community had maintained a positive momentum of
sustenance in livelihood and social stability
until the 1970s, these had undergone great
changes over the last two decades. “These changes
need to be assessed and discussed during this
meeting," he was quoted as saying. In particular,
he was reported to have underlined the need for
serious deliberations on strengthening efforts to
achieve specialisation in education, population
growth, and community self-reliance, as well as
the need to check degeneration of ethical behaviour.

The conclusions and recommendations of the
committees would be discussed and decided upon in
the last two days of the meeting. These will be
presented to the Dalai Lama on the final day,
when the participants will hear the Dalai Lama at a function at Sera Monastery.

The next day, on Sep 1, a long-life prayer
offering will be made to the Dalai Lama at Sera Mey.

Bylakuppe was chosen as the venue for both this
meeting and for holding the 50th anniversary of
the Tibetan Democracy Day on Sep 2 because it has
the largest Tibetan settlement in exile.
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