Published By Tenzin Saldon
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Kyabje Menri Trizin, spiritual head of Bon tradition, Representative Ngodup Tsering, OOT DC and Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Emory University at the closing ceremony of the second ‘Secular ethics and Youth leadership workshop’. Photo/OOT DC

Washington DC: The Office of Tibet, Washington DC in partnership with Emory University organised the second workshop on ‘Secular Ethics and Youth Leadership’. Menri Trizin Rinpoche Geshe Dawa Dhargye, the spiritual head of the Bon tradition blessed the closing ceremony with his benign presence.

The three-day event was held at the Tibetan community center of the Tibetan Association NY &NJ from 16 – 18 August.

Menri Trizin Rinpoche spoke to the participants about the need for Unity and advised the young participants against involving in sectarian and regional divisive activities. He said doing so could hamper the Tibetan cause. They should pay more heed to strengthen their understanding of Tibetan language, culture, and history, observed Rinpoche. Rinpoche awarded felicitation certificates and scarves to the youth participants.

The two Tibetan youths spoke on behalf of the cohort, thanked the Office of Tibet for the enriching experience. They requested the Office to keep providing more opportunities for the youths to further their interest and knowledge in Secular ethics and leadership.

Representative Ngodup Tsering thanked Menri Trizin Rinpoche for gracing the event. He This is the 2nd Workshop, the office of Tibet organized- he maintained, the first being in Woodstock, NY in ( Karmapa Rinpoche’s Monastery) called, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra.

“The objective of the workshop is to inspire, educate and inform our youths and to promote the teaching of secular ethics – as conceived by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This is the second in series; the first workshop was held at the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, Gyalwa Karmapa’s Monastery in Woodstock, NY,” said Representative Tsering.

He applauded the participants for showing great interest and acknowledged the President and the Board of TA NY&NJ for their full cooperation and support.

Representative Ngodup Tsering also expressed profound gratitude to Diane Woodner at Paua Viel Fund for their generous funding towards the event.

A Chinese scholar, Professor Lau spoke about his research findings on Tibet, particularly the one titled “Tibet has never been a part of China”.

Other topics of the workshop included panel discussion on Leadership for the 21st century, Tibet’s Environment and Global Impact, Mobilization of Tibetan NGOs, US Policy on Tibet, Diversity in Professional Paths, Middle Way Policy and Secular Ethics. The program also included a training on meditation by Geshe Dadul.

Tsultrim Gyatso, Chinese liaison officer, Office of Tibet, DC co-ordinated the event and proposed the vote of thanks.

-Filed by Office of Tibet, Washington DC

The second Secular Ethics and Youth Leadership workshop in progress.

Eminent Chinese scholar, Professor Lau presents his research findings on Tibet, particularly the one titled “Tibet has never been a part of China” at the second Secular Ethics and Youth Leadership workshop.

Participants of the second Secular Ethics and Youth Leadership workshop with Kyabje Menri Trizin and organisers.

Representative Ngodup Tsering, Office of Tibet, Washington DC at the closing ceremony of the ‘Secular Ethics and Youth Leadership workshop’ with speakers and guests.


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