Dharamsala: President Dr Lobsang Sangay, Central Tibetan Administration today interacted with a 58-member student delegation from Namgyal Higher Secondary School, Nepal at Kashag Secretariat.
The young delegation of 12th graders are currently on a ten-day educational excursion in Dharamsala and Delhi. The delegation will also receive an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama tomorrow.
President Dr Sangay delivered his hourlong talk through an interactive Q&A session. The students sat in rapt attention while he answered the questions and concluded the hour with cheerful applaud.
Responding to question on the Five Fifty Vision, President Dr. Sangay explained that the Vision is premised on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s advice to ‘hope for the best and prepare for the worst,’ and aims at fulfilling the aspirations of the Tibetans in Tibet: restoring freedom for Tibetans and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his rightful home.
“If need be, the Five-Fifty vision also aims to prepare and strategise to reinvigorate the Tibet movement for the next fifty years,” said the President.
He affirmed that CTA will continue to strive in realising the Five year Vision through nonviolent action and dialogue with the People’s Republic of China PRC based on the Middle Way Approach.
President Dr Sangay spoke about the strength and resilience of the Tibetan people inside Tibet as the most important and enduring aspect of the Tibetan struggle.
The Fifty-year vision, on the other hand, conveys the commitment to long-term struggle and the preservation and strengthening of Tibetan culture and Tibetan people inside and outside of Tibet, explained Dr Sangay.
“These efforts include activities to preserve and promote Tibetan culture and identity, strengthen leadership and key institutions, and assure the viability and sustainability of the CTA and Tibetan refugee communities in India, Nepal and Bhutan.”
Speaking of leadership, Dr Sangay said in order to excel as a leader, it is imperative to have a holistic approach, courage, compassion and transparency.
He took various questions from students across topics; ranging from CTA Leadership, Five Fifty Vision, Tibet’s political future and importance of self-confidence.
He also shared with the students about how he practices His Holiness’ advice on love and compassion and Buddhist doctrine of equanimity when faced with different situations.
While concluding, he advised the students to refrain from indulging in unfavorable activities such as smoking and consuming alcohol which could turn into habits later.
Education Kalon Dr Pema Yangchen joined the interaction in between and answered questions from the group.
Kalon spoke about the important qualities of a good student. Active listener, good questioner and self desciplined are must haves as a student, Kalon said.
In her remarks, Kalon Dr Pema Yangchen encouraged the students to inculcate the habit of reading books, particularly in the Tibetan language to stay acquainted with the Tibetan language even after school. She said reading and writing in Tibetan will not only help the preservation of Tibetan language but also help you personally in enriching your Tibetan language proficiency.
A teaching member of the Namgyal High School gave the introductory remarks of the educational excursion program.