NEW YORK – The Office of Tibet, Washington in collaboration with the Kalmyk Youth Conference organised a networking and outreach event on 26 March 2016 to celebrate and promote the friendship and unity between the Tibetans, Mongolians, Sherpas and people from the Himalayan Buddhist communities. The event was held at the Judson Memorial Church in New York.
Over 200 people including representatives from the Network of Sherpa Students and Professionals, local Tibetan community, Students for a Free Tibet, the Kalmyk Brotherhood Society, Nitsan Temple, Tashi Lhunpo temple, Mongol Heritage Foundation and Ulan Zulata Studio attended the event.
The event featured live traditional songs, music and dance performances from various Tibetans, Sherpas and Kalmyk artists including Cholsum Doegar, Elena Churyumov, Lyudmila and and Yuriy Badmaevy, Sangye Kyap and Sonam Tsomo. The evening also showcased modern Tibetan and Kalmyk paintings as well as English poetry recitation.
Representative Kaydor Aukatsang was unable to attend the event as he had to remain in Washington, DC to oversee the vote counting of the recently concluded Tibetan Election. Mr Tenzin Ignyen represented the Office of Tibet. Representative Aukatsang in his message to event participants stated: “One of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long-standing commitments is the maintenance of the historic ties between Tibetans and the people of Mongolian and Himalayan Buddhist origin. The Office of Tibet is committed to further strengthening the relationship between our respective communities. Let us collaborate to organise more opportunities to come together as members of one large family bonded by a shared faith and culture.”