Following a visit to the Phuntsokling Tibetan Settlement in Dalhousie on May 13 and 14, 2023, Parliamentarian Dorjee Tseten successfully completed his official visit of the Tibetan community in Dharamshala and the surrounding areas between May 8 and May 12, as scheduled by the 17th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.
The parliamentarian’s first engagement in Dharamshala included visits to Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, Upper Tibetan Children’s Village, and Mcleod Ganj. The parliamentarian spoke about the current critical situation inside Tibet, the contributions of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and other topics. The parliamentarian was accompanied by Local Tibetan Assembly Chairperson Dawa Tsering, Settlement Officer Kunchok Migmar, and Regional Tibetan Freedom Movement representative A Q&A session was held after the public presentations.
The parliamentarian traveled to Lower Tibetan Children’s Village, Sambhota Schools Head Office, Petoen School, and Sherab Gatseling School on the second day. Following that, the parliamentarian went to the Norbulingka Institute, spoke with the personnel there, and then went to the Dolmaling Nunnery.
The next day, the legislator went to Sarah College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Jamyang Choeling Nunnery, and Shugsheb Nunnery. The legislator spent the day at Trilokpur visiting Shalu Monastery and Karma Drubgyu Thargay Ling Nunnery and conversing with the monks and nuns at each institution. The Parliamentarian responded to queries posed by spectators.
The fourth day’s program started with a trip to Gopalpur, where the legislator spoke with and engaged with the school’s faculty, staff, and students. After hearing their concerns, a meeting with Chamunda’s Tibetan clothing vendors was scheduled. The lawmaker then traveled to Gyuto Monastery for a public meeting there, where she talked on the aforementioned subjects and responded to the monks’ inquiries. Following the presentation, local officials Dorjee Tseten and Khenrinpoche Gangkar Choktrul Rinpoche of the Gyuto monastery seek an audience.
The Parliamentarian had an internal meeting in the new Tibetan community hall on the last day of his tour program in Dharamshala with representatives from the Tibetan Settlement Office, the Local Tibetan Assembly, and the Regional Tibetan Freedom Movement. Following that, the legislator paid a visit to the Regional Tibetan Freedom Movement and the former Tibetan settlement office with other members. The Parliamentarian visited the Jonang Kalachakra Meditation Institute and Nyingtopling in the afternoon after holding a public meeting for Tibetans living in and around Norbuling. The legislator then went to the Tibetan Reception Center to meet with newly arrived Tibetans from Tibet and learn about their worries and circumstances.
A parliamentarian arrived in Dalhousie’s Phuntsokling Tibetan Settlement on May 13. He was joined by the chair of the local Tibetan assembly Phurbu Damdul, the settlement officer Phurbu Tsering, and Samdup Choegyal, the regional president of the Tibetan Freedom Movement, who conducted the tour of Drepung Loseling Monastery. The visit to the offices of the Local Tibetan Assembly, Regional Tibetan Freedom Movement, Sambhota Tibetan School, Handicraft Center, and all local non-governmental organizations were the first things on the agenda for the next day. The Parliamentarian met internally with the representatives of all governmental and nongovernmental organizations in the afternoon. A public gathering at the guest house of the Tibetan Handicraft Center marked the program’s conclusion. The MP addressed the aforementioned subjects during his visit and responded to queries from the general public.
The visitation program was successfully completed with a thorough investigation into the general public’s conditions, which was documented by the parliamentarian. This information will be sent to the relevant Central Tibetan Administration departments through the Standing Committee of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile for effective grievance redress.