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Rinzin hosts this weekly radio program where he invites politicians, scholars and Tibet experts to discuss engaging topics related to Tibet and Tibetans. Schedule: Saturdays



November 10, 2015

Causes and Impacts of Solo Protests in Amdo Ngaba

In the past two years, we have witnessed series of lone Tibetan protesters in the streets of Amdo Ngapa, Tibet calling for freedom and return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. Despite the fact that Ngaba is one of the most repressive places in Tibet today, there have been waves of solo protests against China's heavy handed policies and tactics in Tibet. Amongst the protesters are nomads, monks, women and parents of small children and as of now, majority of the protesters are still behind bars or serving prison sentences. VOA's Table Talk invites Kusho Kanyak Tsering, Spokesperson of Dharamsala based Kirti Monastery to discuss the origin, causes, and also the impacts of such protests in the present climate of repression.

November 05, 2015

TCV’s 55 Years of Service and Education

Recently Tibetan Children’s Village School (TCV) celebrated its 55th founding anniversary in the presence of Gyalwang Karmapa and many other dignitaries from Central Tibetan Administration. TCV was initially started with a group of 51 children in 1960 and since then, over the last 55 years it has become one of the biggest educational institution in exile Tibetan community. Many of the children who have graduated from TCV are now serving in Tibetan communities in various capacities. Table Talk invites TCV’s Director Ngodup Wangdue to reflect on some of the major achievements of TCV during its 55 years of service as well as the challenges facing TCV now.

October 30, 2015

Decoding the Sikyong’s Preliminary Election Result

The preliminary election results of exile Tibetan Administration's political head, Sikyong can be seen on various exile news and social media. While the results available so far are not comprehensive and does not include the entire picture, it does provide the results from majority of the polling stations and also some of the biggest Tibetan settlements. According to the preliminary election results as of October 24, the current Sikyong Lobsang Sangay is leading by a wide margin from his nearest candidate, Penpa Tsering. The three other self-declared candidates in the race are trailing behind the top two contenders by a wide margin of votes. Table Talk invites Lobsang Wangyal, Editor of Tibet Sun and Choney Woeser, Tibet Express to discuss the surprises and disappointments of Sikyong preliminary election, why some performed well and others didn’t do as expected, and who in their opinions, will likely to become the final two official candidates in the final round of the election.

October 20, 2015

2nd Tibet Language and Cultural Fest in New York

On the occasion of Dalai Lama's conferment of U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of New York and New Jersey has organized the second Tibetan language and cultural competition amongst the school going kids in New and the surrounding area. Daylong event featured variety of Tibetan language proficiency competitions like calligraphy, reading, writing and speech making. They have also organized variety of cultural, musical and dance programs for the kids and also for the general audience. This is the second time, such an event was organized by the RTYC NY& NY.

October 16, 2015

Challenges and Opportunities of Tibetan Film Makers

Inspite of facing a number of daunting challenges, the film makers in exile Tibetan community are making a variety of movies ranging from documentaries on Tibetan language, culture, political issues and also full length feature films on Tibet related themes and stories. Most of them are facing problem in raising funds for their film projects, CD and DVD piracy and difficulty in getting good actors. This week’s Table Talk invites Tsering Dhondup, Director of Mystic Mountain and Tashi Wangchu, Director of Richard Gere is my Hero to discuss issues relating to film making in the exile world.

September 28, 2015

Xi's U.S. Visit and its Significance on Tibet

During President Barack Obama and Xi Jinping’s joint press conference, President Obama has publicly asked China to directly engage with the Dalai Lama or his representatives to resolve Tibet’s issue. This is significant as human rights situation inside Tibet and China proper under Xi’s rule has been deteriorating and many right groups have been asking Obama to publicly raise human rights related issues during Xi’s visit to D.C. It also comes at a time, after China has released two successive White Papers on Tibet praising its own polices inside Tibet and rejecting Middle Way approach to resolve Tibet's issue. At the same time, during his entire U.S. visit, Tibetans from all over the U.S. have mounted a determined and noisy protest against Xi Jinping and his policies. Table Talk invites Bhuchung K. Tsering, Vice President of International Campaign for Tibet, Tsepa Bhayul, Communication Director of Student for Free Tibet to discuss the significance of Xi’s visit on Tibet.

September 08, 2015

Documentary on Tibetan Self Immolations

At the height of Tibetans burning themselves inside Tibet, Loten Namling has undertaken a desperate solo march in different parts of European towns and cities to lobby for the Tibetan self-immolators. During the course of this march across many European nations, his friend and Tibet supporter Dodo Hunziker decided to record Loten la’s struggle and activism. So few years after the end of that solo campaign a new documentary called ‘Tibetan Warrior’ was born. So far, the movie has been shown in different places in Europe and its international premier is slated on October 8th in New York city. Table Talk talks to the main caste of the movie, Loten Namling about the making of the movie and its impacts so far on the audiences around the world and also future plans of the movie.

August 11, 2015

History, Significance, and Functions of Nechung Oracle

Nechung Oracle is the main state oracle of Tibet. This means that any important matters pertaining to Tibet political, religious and other related matters can be consulted to Nechung to seek his advice and prophecy. While there are many oracles in Tibet and in the Himalayan regions, Nechung Oracle has a special relationship with all the succeeding Dalai Lamas and over the years, it has played an significant role in many decision-making process relating to Dalai Lama's private matter as well as those concerning Tibet. Table Talk invites Nechung medium Ven. Thupten Ngodup to discuss the history and function of Nechung Oracle and the program also discusses the importance of the famous Nechung Chagney and Phurba.

August 04, 2015

Issues Discussed during the Working Committee Meeting of Tibetan Youth Congress

Recently the 46th Working Committee Meeting of Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) was concluded in Delhi. Six day meeting was attended by 130 members from 35 regional chapters of TYC. At the end of the meeting, 11 point resolution was adapted that calls for increasing efforts to mend ties with the regional chapters that have cut ties with TYC due to ideological differences or other reasons. Guests: Tashi Lamsang, General Secretary, Tibetan Youth Congress, Tenzin Choedhar, President of Delhi Regional Youth Congress, Tsering Penpa, President of Chandigarh Regional Tibetan Youth Congress.

July 07, 2015

Dalai Lama's Birthday Celebration Worldwide

Tibetans from all over the world are celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday through prayer ceremonies, cultural programs, exhibitions, musical concert, and many other ways. While some are celebrating his birthday for a day, others are observing the special day for several consecutive days. This week’s Table Talk looks at some of the major birthday celebration happening around the world as well as the scene and feelings of Tibetans on Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. Guests: Phenpo Gyaltsen, Kathmandu, Nepal, Phurbu Tashi, President of Tibetan Association of Sydney, Australia, Tenzin Nyingbu, President of Tibetan Community of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Tsering Dhondup, Vice President of Ontario Tibetan Association, Canada.

June 15, 2015

5th International Non-Sectarian Tibetan ReligiousTraditions Conference

The 5th International Association of Non-Sectarian Tibetan Religious Traditions Conference was held from June 10th and 11th, 2015 at Sakya Monastery, Seattle, Washington. It was attended by the representatives from all the major religious sects of Tibetan Buddhism such as Nyima, Gelug, Sakya, Kagyu, Bhonpo, and Jhonang. At the end of the conference, an eight point resolution was adapted that called for an increased cooperation and unity amongst the different Tibetan religious denominations. Guests: Sakya Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche, President of IANTRT, Geshe Dangsong Namgyal, Conference Participant, Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche, Participant.

June 08, 2015

Exile Tibetan Administration Increases Aid To Quake Affected Tibetans in Nepal

After a thorough onsite damage assessment, the Dharamsala, India based Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) announced an additional 30 million Nepalese rupees, around US $290,000, in relief aid for the quake affected Tibetans in Nepal. This week's Table Talk invites Kalon Ngodup Tsering, Minister of Education, CTA, to discuss the exile government’s overall relief efforts for quake affected Tibetans in Nepal, how the additional funds will be used, and the Kashag's long term plan for the affected people.

June 01, 2015

Dalai Lama’s 9th Public Teaching for Tibetan Youth

The Dalai Lama gave the 9th public teaching to more than four thousand Tibetan youth in Dharamsala from May 27 to May 29, 2015. The three day public teaching was attended by Tibetan students in and around Dharamsala, college students from other places in India, and students from Europe and the United States. At the end of the teaching, students and staff members of TCV offered a long life prayer (Tenshug) to Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama urged the youths to pay attention to both modern education as well as traditional Tibetan knowledge saying that while modern education is important for external development and progress, the latter is essential for mental peace and well-being. Guests: Excerpt of Dalai Lama's Speech to the student, Interview with Mr. Dawa Tsering, Teaching Organizer; Dechen Khando, Student; Kunchok Lhamo, Student, and Dolma Wangchuk, Student.

May 26, 2015

International Rangzen Conference

Led by poet and activist Tenzin Tsundue, a group of youths in India have organized a two day International Rangzen Conference in New Delhi, India. The conference was attended by more than hundred Tibetan youths from various parts of India, Europe and Nepal. Along with the conference, the organizers held two panel discussions, which were address by prominent Indian strategic analyst and experts. At the end of the two day conference, they have released a four point resolution on Rangzen called Delhi Declaration which includes issues related to Tibetan freedom struggle, situation inside Tibet, unity among Tibetans in exile and the importance and means of lobbying for Tibet in the international scene. Guests: Tenzin Tsundue, Conference organizer, Rigzin Choezom, conference participant, Sonam Topgyal, conference participant.

May 18, 2015

Historical, Cultural, and Linguistic Ties Between Tibet and Nepal’s Himalayan Ethnic Buddhist Communities.

Nepal has a larger number of ethnic Buddhist groups scattered on its northern frontiers with Tibet. Most of the Nepalese settled in its northern Himalayan border regions share a deep cultural, religious, linguistic, and historical ties with Tibet. Major ethnic groups like Sherpa, Gurung, Lepcha, Tamang, Tsumpa, Yolmowas predominantly practice Tibetan Buddhism and infact, large number of monks and nuns in Tibetan monasteries and nunneries in Nepal and India are people from these major ethnic groups in Nepal and their number keep increasing every year. During the recent earthquakes in Nepal, the Himalayan region which has a large number of ethnic Tibetan population have suffered the heaviest damage and causalities. Table Talk invites Jamyang Dorjee, longtime observer of the region to discuss about the historical, cultural relation between Tibet and Nepal’s Himalayan ethnic groups.

May 04, 2015

History, Backgrounds, and Geography of Quake Affected Areas in Nepal and Tibet

The recent earthquake in Nepal has affected almost all the Tibetan settled areas in Nepal and many towns and villages in the border areas of Tibet. While many international media as well as the Tibetan media discuss about these places in the context of earthquake related news, many ordinary people as well as some people in responsible position don’t have much knowledge about the history, geography, socio-economic situation of many of these places. Table Talk invites the former Dalai Lama's representative to Nepal, and the author of a book on Nyalam and Dingri region of Tibet, Mr. Rinchen Dharlo to discuss the background, current situation as well as the scale of damages in Tibetan settled areas in Nepal and border lying areas of Tibet.

April 27, 2015

Tibetans Observed Panchen Rinpoche’s Birthday with Protest, Rally, and Prayers.

On the occasion of Panchen Rinpoche’s 26th birthday, the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC) of New York and New Jersey has organized a protest in front of the Chinese consulate in the morning and prayer meeting in the evening. Madison area Tibetan RTYC has organized a marathon for Panchen Lama and Tibet and prayer gathering in the evening for Panchen Rinpoche. Regional Tibetan Youth Congress of Minnesota has organized a bike rally and photo exhibition on Panchen Rinpoche’s birthday. Table Talk invites Ngawang Palden, President of RTYC,NY & NJ; Tsering Samdup, President of RTYC, Madison, Wisconsin, and Tenzin Tseten, President of Minnesota RTYC to discuss the programs in their respective areas.

April 20, 2015

Tibetans Discuss China’s White Paper

Recently China’s State Council Information Office has released yet another White Paper on Tibet called “Tibet’s Path of Development Is Driven by an Irresistible Historical Tide”. This is the 13th such document issued on Tibet since 1990s and the first one after Xi Jinping assumed China's leadership. In the latest document, China has launched a scathing attack on exile Tibetan administration’s Middle Way policy, which seeks genuine autonomy for all Tibetan within the framework of China’s constitution and blamed the failures of the past talks between the representatives of Dalai Lama and China on the insincerity on the part of Dalai Lama and his representatives. The paper says "As a political strategy for achieving independence through a series of steps, the “middle way” does not tally with China’s history, national reality, state Constitution, laws and basic systems. Neither does it conform to Tibet’s history, reality and ethnic relations. Moreover, it runs counter to the fundamental interests of all the people of China, including the Tibetans. " This week's Table Talk discusses some of the major components of this new document. Guests: Tashi Phuntsok, Spokesperson of CTA and Baba Kalsang Gyaltsen, China Analyst.

April 13, 2015

Importance and Impacts of Social Action Movement

To address the issues facing the community like illiteracy, lack of employment opportunities, lack of awareness and information about health, social and civil rights, a group of college graduates in the settlements have decided to form a NGO that can address these issues in their own community. That NGO is called the Social Action Movement or SAM. It is a youth led and youth based NGO based in Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement, South India. It was established in 2012 and over the last few years, it was able to undertake various social, health, educational, language and cultural preservation activities in the communities. Table Talk invites Namgyal Choephel, President of SAM and Penpa Sangpo, Secretary of SAM to discuss the impacts of SAM’s activities in the settlement.

April 06, 2015

Tibetans in the Extreme Frontier Regions of Nepal

Tenzin Sangpo is the head of a small monastery in Shar Khumbu, located near the Everest base camp on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest. The monastery serves the local Sherpa people and also the small Tibetan refugees settled in that area. Sangpo is also the head of SharKhum opera association, which for the first time is participating in this year’s Shoton festival. Sharkhumbu is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Once there was a big Tibetan population in the Shar Khumbu and Shorong area border, but due to the remoteness of the area and accessibility issues, the majority of Tibetans have migrated to Kathmandu and other areas. There is a small population of Tibetans currently living in that area with the majority of them involved in tourism related work, and due to the remote location, individuals in that area face a number of challenges daily. Table Talk discusses the general situation of Tibetans in the border areas of Nepal and the challenges they face in their daily lives.

March 31, 2015

Karmapa in the United States

During his third visit to the United States, Karmapa gave lectures at a few reputed universities in the United States, addressed the Tibetan communities in California and Boston, and visited few Buddhist centers. Karmapa was also awarded with an Honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree by the University of Redlands. He will address the students of a few more universities during his two month visit, and plans to give more religious teachings and meet Tibetan communities in other areas. Table Talk invites Khenpo Kunga, Spokesperson of Karmapa’s USA visit to discuss about Karmapa’s program so far and other major forthcoming programs.

March 24, 2015

Kalsang Ggt's Personal Initiative for Tibet

Coinciding with the Dalai Lama’s upcoming 80th birthday, Vermont based Tibetan Kalsang Ggt has started a campaign in the United States Congress and Vermont State Legislature for Tibet. Kalsang wants the Congress and the White House to acknowledge the Dalai Lama’s contribution for world peace, non-violence, and religious harmony and pressure China to allow the Dalai Lama to return to his native village Taktser, Amdo after 56 years in exile. He initiated the campaign on this year’s Tibetan New year, Losar and over the past few weeks has visited over hundred offices of sitting U.S congressman, congresswomen, and a number of high profile state leaders. Table Talk invites Kalsang Ggt to discuss the reasons behind starting this initiative and the results he expects from this personal initiative.

March 17, 2015

Personal Experiences and Future Plans of Three Monks Pursuing Science in Emory

The Emory-Tibet Science Initiative is an important undertaking promoting the convergence of science and spirituality. An educational program specifically designed to teach modern science to Tibetan monasteries. The goal of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative is to build a bridge between two complementary systems of knowledge by educating future scientific collaborators who can contribute to new discoveries in the science of mind and body. Since its inception, number of Tibetans monks from some of the major monasteries in India and Nepal were able to study science in Emory University. After two years of intensive science education in Emory, many monks have returned to their respective monasteries to teach other monks. Table Talk invites three monks who are studying science in Emory University through this initiative to discuss their personal experiences from the program, how they developed interest in science, and their future plans. Guests: Jampa Khechok, Sera Jey Monastery, Thupten Tsering of Drepung Loseling and Sonam Choephel of Drepung Loseling to discuss about this initiative.

March 10, 2015

Personal Experiences of Four First Timers for Tibet Lobby

Yeshi Dolma is from Kham Derge and currently based in Chicago while Migmar Tsering from Vermont was born in Toe Dingri, Tibet. Tenzin Tsephel from San Francisco was born in Dharamsala and New York based Tsering Dolkar is from Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement in South India. Armed with unique personal stories and backgrounds, all of them participated for the first time in this year’s annual Tibet Lobby campaign organized by the International Campaign for Tibet. Yeshi Dolma said to VOA that she presented the plight of Tibet's situation through her own family's struggle and difficulties and Migmar mentioned that he discussed about the current socio-economic situation of his native village in Tibet to better understand the larger issue of Tibet by the U.S. Congress. Table Talk discusses their personal experiences from this year’s lobby campaign and the impact it had on them personally from this trip to D.C.

March 02, 2015

Third Conference on Tibetan Grammar

India based Naglha Literary Association has organized its third three day conference on Tibetan grammar and language in Dharamsala. The conference was attended by many students as well as Tibetan language experts in and around Dharamsala. Some selected students presented their research papers on Tibetan language during the conference followed by discussion with the participants. The aim of the conference is to improve Tibetan language by improving grammar which is the foundation of Tibetan written language. Table Talk invites Dri Kalsang, President of Naglha Literary Association, Ani Kalsang Tsedron, writer and conference participant.

February 16, 2015

TCV Alumni’s Winter Holiday Program

For the last ten years, TCV alumni association of Kathmandu and Pokhara have taken a number of students who have nowhere to go for annual school winter break to various places in Nepal and India. This year, TCV alumni association of Dharamsala, Ladakh, Kathmanu and Pokhara have a taken number of students from Ladakh TCV to various places in Nepal and Delhi for winter holiday. Guests: Norbu Jinpa, Dharamsala TCV Alumni Assocation, Tashi Tsering, President of Pokhara TCV Alumni Assocation.

February 10, 2015

RTYC's Yearlong Lobby with the U.S. Congress

As part of a larger lobby efforts to reach all the offices of the U.S. Senators and Representatives, membersof the D.C. area Regional Tibetan Youth Congress ( RTYC) has undertaken its second lobby campaign in the U.S. capitol hill, where they met the staff of fifteen U.S senators and twenty representatives and informed them of the latest situation inside Tibet and the need for increased support from U.S. Congress on Tibet related issues. They have submitted a four point proposal to the congressional offices and senators which calls for more U.S support for the early resumption of dialogue between the representatives of Dalai Lama and the Chinese government and the release of all political prisoners in Tibet. This is the second such lobby campaign undertaken by RTYC and they plan do many more throughout the year. Guest: Phuntsok Dhargyal, President of Capital Area RTYC, Yeshi Palmo, Secretary of D.C Area RTYC, Tenzin Namgyal, Treasurer of Capital Area RTYC

February 03, 2015

U.S. India and China Relations in the Context of Obama’s India Visit

During President Barack Obama’s landmark India visit, he and India’s Prime Minster were able to sign a number of trade, military, and security deals. During the visit, the two leaders released a U.S.-India Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region that calls on all parties to avoid the threat or use of force and pursue resolution of territorial and maritime disputes through all peaceful means, in a clear reference to China’s aggressive behavior in the region. Table Talk looks at the U.S. India and China relation in the context of Obama’s India maiden and China’s reaction to it. Guests: Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, Program Director of TPPRC, Tenzin Tsundue, Writer and Activist.

January 27, 2015

Tibetan Youth Congress All India Speaking Tour

The Tibetan Youth Congress executive members have undertaken a month long speaking tour to all the winter sweater business markets in India. In a span of 40 days, three groups of TYC’s executive members have gone to over a hundred sweater markets in India and spoken about the Tibetan freedom struggle in the light of China’s hardening policies inside Tibet. Guest: Tashi Lamsang, TYC’s General Secretary, Nyima Choezom, Organizational Secretary.

January 23, 2015

State of Sweater Business in India

Every winter, hundreds of Tibetans in India undertake few months of sweater selling business in many Indian towns and cities. While some years, winter sweater business goes well, on other times, it doesn’t do as expected. One of the main reasons for good business in a particular year is not only the coldness of that particular winter, but also how fast winter coldness set-in in that particular locality. Table Talk invites Chemi Tsering, Patna based sweater seller and Lhakpa Tsering, Ahmedabad based sweater seller to discuss the state of sweater business in India.

January 13, 2015

Tibet Fund’s 33 Years of Humanitarian Service

Since its inception in 1981, New York based Tibet Fund has undertaken numerous educational, healthcare, development projects, humanitarian initiatives and emergency relief efforts in the exile Tibetan diaspora communities in India and Nepal. It is also the main channel or medium of United States government’s aids distribution to the Tibetans communities in exile. Table Talk invites Lobsang Nyandak, the Executive Director of Tibet Fund to discuss some of the major projects initiated by Tibet Fund and its impact on the targeted communities.

January 06, 2015

The First Global Tibetan Entrepreneurship Conference

With the aim of promoting Tibetan entrepreneurship and to create a network and support system for Tibetan entrepreneurs, New Delhi based NGO, Empowering the Vision Project (ENVISION) and Federation of Tibetan Cooperatives in India (FTCI) organized the first Global Tibetan Entrepreneurship Conference in Mungod Tibetan settlement, South India where over 50 Tibetan entrepreneur participants from Nepal, India and Europe attended the event.


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