DENVER, Colorado: The President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr. Lobsang Sangay arrived in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, 29 August. Members of the Tibetan Association of Colorado along with the local Tibetan Community accorded a warm traditional welcome to the President.
Upon his arrival, President Dr Sangay met Chuck Lief, President of Naropa University and a long time friend of Tibet, who has been supporting Tibetan community of Colorado. Dr. Sangay extended his sincere thanks for the friendship and support expressed by President Lief.
At the Naropa University, President Dr Sangay addressed Denver Tibetans on importance of preserving Tibetan language, culture and values.
The President encouraged the parents to provide quality education to their children and to especially educate them on Tibetan history, language and culture.
He advised them to send their children to take part in the summer program in Dharamshala, India and to encourage them to study Tibetan language at the Weekend Tibetan language and culture schools.
President Dr Sangay urged the youth to engage in the movement by keeping themselves aware on Tibet, the current situation inside Tibet and the Tibet movements taking place all around the world.
He also inspired them to pursue their education and secure positions in the White House, Senate’s Office, House representative’s office, Office of the local Congressman/ woman, State Department and influence change on the Tibetan issue.
The President’s key message at the talk was for Tibetans to remain united. He discouraged regionalism and the false sense of belonging arising out of loyalty to a certain ethnicity or province.
“Such loyalties may sound delightful and feel reassuring, but it’s extremely detrimental and poisonous to the larger Tibetan movement. Unity is the key for our success,” Dr Sangay said.
He also spoke on the activities and projects of different departments of the CTA, importance of Green book contribution, CTA’s Year of Gratitude-2018 and more.
On 30 August, President Sangay arrived in Santa Fe, and met the Tibetan community at the Santa Fe community hall.
In the hour long talk, the president spoke about the Middle Way Approach, and emphasised that the primary vision of the Middle Way Approach of the Central Tibetan Administration is to preserve and promote the unique identity of the Tibetan people, while ensuring the unity of the three provinces under the framework of a genuine autonomy.
He apprised the Santa Fe Tibetans on the constant efforts made by the Tibetan Administration in amplifying global Tibetan movement, overseeing the welfare of the Tibetan people in exile and increasing educational and employment opportunities for youth.
Dr Sangay later had an impactful discussion with the Tibetan youth, where he discussed the role of youth in the future of Tibetan movement.
The President will be visiting Santa Fe Indian School to talk to the faculty members and students of the school tomorrow and will fly to Los Angeles in the evening.