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Future of Dalai Lama Seminar in New York

February 5, 2008

Phayul
Monday, February 04, 2008

Dharamsala, February 4: A seminar on “The Future of Dalai Lamas and
Tibetan Democracy” is to be held on Sunday, February 10, 2008 at Tibet
House, 22 W 15th St., New York.

Robert F. Thurman, director of Tibet House, Elliot Sperling, Professor
of Tibetan Studies in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at
Indiana University and Jamyang Norbu, award winning writer and author of
a recent article on this subject “The Jewel in the Ballot Box: Electing
a New Dalai Lama" will be the main speakers.

The discussion is to be moderated by Wangchuk Shakabpa.

Rangzen Alliance, Students for a Free Tibet, US Tibet Committee and
Tibet House are organising the seminar, which will be open for public
participation.

The organisers hope that the seminar will “contribute to opening up a
greater national debate on this most vital development in the future of
Tibet and the Tibetan people”.

During the seminar, the North American edition of Jamyang Norbu’s SHADOW
TIBET: Selected Writings 1989 to 2004 will be released.

Following is the press release of the seminar

THE FUTURE OF THE DALAI LAMAS AND TIBETAN DEMOCRACY

Sunday, February 10th at 5:30pm; Tibet House, 22 W 15th St., New York

SPEAKERS:
? Robert F. Thurman, Director of Tibet House and international authority
on Tibetan Buddhism
? Elliot Sperling, Professor of Tibetan Studies in the Department of
Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University and a specialist on
Sino-Tibetan relations.
? Jamyang Norbu, award winning writer and author of a recent article on
this subject “The Jewel in the Ballot Box: Electing a New Dalai Lama".

Wangchuk Shakabpa will moderate the discussion.
All Tibetans and friends are aware of His Holiness’s recent statements
proposing new and untraditional methods by which a future incarnation of
the Dalai Lama might be chosen. It is most likely that the Dalai Lama
offered these proposals as a response to Chinese government
announcements of new rules regulating the incarnation process of Tibetan
lamas that appear to be aimed at controlling the selection of the next
Dalai Lama. These statements by His Holiness in addition to his
announcement in May of 2007, of his desire to move into “retirement”,
has greatly troubled Tibetan society.

Despite the tremendous concerns and fears of the Tibetan people there
has been little public discussion on these happenings within Tibetan
society. A small inaugural seminar THE FUTURE OF THE DALAI LAMAS AND
TIBETAN DEMOCRACY is proposed for February 10th 2008, 5:30pm, at Tibet
House in New York City. It is hoped that this will contribute to opening
up a greater national debate on this most vital development in the
future of Tibet and the Tibetan people.

All are welcome to participate in the discussion.

Organized by Rangzen Alliance, Students for a Free Tibet, US Tibet
Committee and Tibet House

The North American edition of Jamyang Norbu’s SHADOW TIBET: Selected
Writings 1989 to 2004 will be released on the occasion.
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