March 2, 2011
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North American Tibetan Associations’ Conference Concludes Successfully[Wednesday, 2 March 2011, 9:13 a.m.]


 
Kasur Lodi Gyari, special envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Kasur Lobsang Nyandak, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New York address the participants at the 11th North American Tibetan Associations’ Conference in New York

NEW YORK: The 11th North American Tibetan Associations’ conference concluded successfully on 27 February.The
two-day conference took place at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in
Flushing, NY, on Saturday, 26 February and Sunday, 27 February. The
conference organised by the Office of Tibet was attended by the
delegates from 25 Tibetan Associations in North America and they
included Tibetan associations from Ontario in Canada to New York,
Minnesota to New Mexico, and British Columbia in Canada to California. The
conference discussed a wide range of issues from advocacy on Tibet to
ways and means of challenging PRC’s effort to sow dissension among the
Tibetans; from Chinese outreach to outreach to Mongolian and Himalayan
peoples; from preservation of Tibetan culture and language among the
younger generation to cultural activities during the upcoming
Kalachakra Sermon in July this year in Washington DC. In his
inaugural speech, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the
Americas Mr Lobsang Nyandak, commented that the main responsibilities
of the Tibetan Associations are to preserve Tibetan cultural identity,
look after the welfare of the Tibetans under their respective
jurisdiction, and create better political awareness among the Tibetans
as well as others on the Tibetan issue.Special Envoy of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama Mr. Lodi Gyari traveled from Washington D.C. to
hold a Q&A session with the conference delegates on the dialogue
process.

 
 

The
conference delegates finally resolved, among others, to strengthen
Tibetan advocacy including lobbying among the State legislatures as
well national legislatures in both Canada and United States; to
organise workshops for the executives of the Tibetan Associations on
His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way Approach; and to widen Chinese
outreach with special emphasis on promoting joint programmes between
Tibetan and Chinese college students.The delegates also
resolved to create an apex committee to streamline curriculum and
functioning of the weekend Tibetan language and cultural schools in the
North American Tibetan communities, and to offer an award of thanks and
appreciation to Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche for his many achievements
and contributions as Chairman of the Kashag.Both the Tibetan
Community of New York and New Jersey and Office of Tibet hosted dinner
receptions for the delegates attending the conference.After the
conclusion of the conference, the delegates departed for Washington
D.C. to participate in the National Tibet Lobby Day activities.

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