• Photo Story: Lhakar on Losar (Year of Earth Pig 2146)
    February 6, 2019
     •  Published By Tenzin Phende
    The most happening time for Tibetans begins with the end of Tibetan Lunar calendar. All over the world, Tibetans welcome a busy month ahead in preparing the new year known as Losar. As I was thinking what to write for my Lhakar series, the idea of writing about Pre-Losar to Losar came into my mind. I was with one of Korean Broadcasting team to cover Losar and Tibetan diaspora. More
  • Photo Story, Lhakar: New Year at Bodh Gaya
    January 9, 2019
     •  Published By Tenzin Phende
    As my journey began from Delhi to Gaya, the feeling of entering into spirituality grew every now and then. Even though Bodh Gaya is one of the Buddhist holiest pilgrimage sites, I was not willing to go there. Somehow duty always comes first. As I reached Bodh Gaya, it was hazy and foggy with lots of pilgrims on their way to sacred Mahabodhi temple. More
  • Photo Story: Lhakar, tradition of Water Offering (ཡོན་ཆབ་)
    December 5, 2018
     •  Published By Tenzin Phende
    For a long time, I had this wish to write about Yonchab (water offering), which is an integral part of our tradition and also a part and parcel of our daily lives. Living with my grandma, one of my most important task (which I jokingly called 'chore' to irritate her) was to do the 'water offering' every morning. More
  • Photo Story: Pangden, Rainbow Wrapping around Tibetan Women’s Waist
    November 7, 2018
     •  Published By Tenzin Phende
    Almost a month back, I attended a workshop on gender sensitisation organised by the Women Empowerment Desk under the Department of Finance, Central Tibetan Administration. Until then, my understanding of gender was very rudimentary, limited only to the distinction between male and female and so was the understanding of most of my fellow participants. More
  • Lhakar Binds with KERAA (སྐེད་རགས་)
    September 5, 2018
     •  Published By Tenzin Phende
    As I was passing by the premise of Gangkyi towards the office, the name KERAA strikes me, reminding a morning incident where I was searching for my belt at home.  I got curious that I went inside the shop.  Mannequins dressed up in traditional Tibetan dress was displayed on the shelf. I asked a lady whether the owner is there. More
  • Photo Story: Lhakar with Tibetan White Scarf (ཁ་བཏགས)
    July 4, 2018
     •  Published By Tenzin Phende
    I was at the office and thought to listen to His Holiness' public talk going live on Facebook. Going through the live feed, I watched His Holiness present a traditional white scarf to Remigijus Šimašius, Mayor of Vilnius after he offered a framed picture of Tibet Square nameplate to His Holiness. More
  • Photo Story: Annual Series of Teachings for Tibetan Youth Coincide with Lhakar
    June 6, 2018
     •  Published By Tenzin Phende
      I woke up earlier than usual today to the commotion of cars honking and noisy excitement of people lining up for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teaching at the main temple. Even my granny seemed quite excited about it. More
  • Photo Story: Lhakar in the Sphere of Social Media
    March 28, 2018
     •  Published By Tenzin Phende
    As Lhakar becomes increasingly popular and transforms itself into a nationwide movement, it is bound to face certain obstacles. One such emerging obstacle is China’s crackdown on Lhakar. But this heavy-handed crackdown on people speaking Tibetan, wearing traditional attire, and abstaining from eating non-vegetarian food mirrors China’s spiralling down confidence and growing insecurity. More
  • Photo Story: Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile on Lhakar
    March 14, 2018
     •  Published By Tenzin Phende
    Before I went to sleep last night, I felt a strong desire to circumambulate the Tsuglagkhang, the early next morning. So when I woke up this morning, I began the day which is Lhakar by circumambulating the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tsuglagkhang temple. More
  • Photo Story: Lhakar in Unison
    February 28, 2018
     •  Published By Tenzin Phende
    Dear readers, For the past few months, I have been writing about Lhakar celebration in exile. I have seen variations of Lhakar celebration from younger to the older generation that rings a singular tone of the oneness of being a Tibetan. More
  • Photo Story: Lhakar Celebration at Tibetan Youth Congress (Centrex)
    February 21, 2018
     •  Published By Tenzin Phende
    By Tenzin Phende, Photo-editor Lhakar is deeply embedded in me by now. For the past few days, I have been on a quest to figure out how do we, as Tibetans, celebrate and retain our Tibetan identity in exile particularly in the aftermath of the 2008 uprising in Tibet. This time I went to one of the largest Tibetan NGO in exile, the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC). More
  • Lhakar Photo Story: Reminiscing Tibetan New Year (Losar)
    February 7, 2018
     •  Published By Tenzin Phende
      Story text by Tenzin Lhakmon and Photos by Tenzin Phende   The memories I have of Losar from when I was younger is sleeping off to the dim flickering light emanating from the candle lit in the kitchen, the clattering of vessels, my parents in the midst of Losar preparation late into the night and my new clothes tucked neatly folded under the pillow. More
  • Photo Story: Preparing Khapsey for Losar While Braving Cold Weather of Dharamshala on Lhakar
    January 24, 2018
     •  Published By Tenzin Phende
    By Tenzin Phende, Photo-editor Yet another day of Lhakar arises under a biting cold of a 2.c temperature. After a sumptuous breakfast of my usual Tsampa and Tibetan butter tea, I made my way through the unusually empty alleyways of the town towards the main market. From the market, I went straight to Youngling school, a daycare center cum kindergarten. More
  • Photo Story: Lhakar in the land where Buddha attained enlightenment
    December 27, 2017
     •  Published By Tenzin Saldon
    Filed by Tenzin Jigme, Social Media Journalist Today I am writing a photo story on Lhakar celebration in the land where Buddha attained enlightenment, Bodh Gaya. Ofcourse, the day is Wednesday, an auspicious day for all Tibetans to celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Lasa (བླ་གཟའ་ ) and a day of being Tibetan, of celebrating Tibetan identity. More
  • Photo Story: Lhakar in Doeguling Tibetan Settlement, Mundgod
    December 13, 2017
     •  Published By Jamphel Shonu
    By Tenzin Phende* It’s Lhakar once again. And this time I am in one of the largest Tibetan settlements, Doeguling settlement in Mundgod on an assignment from Dharamshala to cover the ongoing teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Even though its winter, the sun is unforgiving and the cool breeze of Dharamshala seem like a distant phenomenon over here. More
  • Photo Story: Why Lhakar is an Every Day Movement
    November 8, 2017
     •  Published By Tenzin Saldon
    By Tenzin Jigme, DIIR Social Media Journalist Lhakar is a Tibetan word meaning White Wednesday. It is a day celebrated as His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Soul-Day. It started as a non-cooperation and civil disobedience movement in the aftermath of 2008 uprisings in Tibet. More