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Tibetan Self-Immolations Breach 100 Mark

Feb 25: Sangdag, a monk of the Dhiphu Monastery, set himself on fire in the Ngaba region of eastern Tibet at around 10am local time, in protest against China’s continued occupation of Tibet. Chinese security personnel arrived at the scene, doused the flames and took him to hospital. They later bundled him away and his current condition and whereabouts are not available. Feb 25: Tsezung Kyab, 27, torched himself in front of the main prayer hall of the Shitsang Monastery in Luchu region of eastern Tibet. He passed away at his protest site, the same place where his cousin Pema Dorjee, 23, passed away in his self-immolation protest on December 8, 2012. In a photo sent to Phayul, several people can be seen surrounding the deceased’s body despite strict government orders against public displays of solidarity with the self-immolators. Feb 24: Phagmo Dhondup,in his 20s, set himself on fire in the ancient Jhakhyung Monastery in Palung region of Tshoshar, eastern Tibet. The monks at the Monastery rushed him to a nearby hospital. Local Chinese authorities immediately dispatched a large contingent of security personnel at the Monastery. Phagmo Dhondup was a native of Tsaphuk town of Palung region. He is survived by father Shawo and a sibling. Feb 19: Sonam Dhargey, 18, set himself on fire, together with Rinchen

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China’s Crackdowns Intensify

by Olivia Engel The increased police response to protests drastically erodes human rights in Tibet. This month has seen a dramatic surge in police action against Tibetans with almost 90 individuals detained in Eastern Tibet, in what the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy describes as a “relentless crackdown on self-immolation protests including arbitrary arrests, detention, intimidation, monetary inducements, and long prison terms.” Some Tibetans were arrested and sentenced to years in prison, one was sentenced to death, and an unknown number were beaten and

charged on January 31, following the demonisation of aiding self-immolatiors as “murder” since October 2012. Pema Dhondup, Kalsang Gyatso, Lhamo Dhondup, and Pema Tso were charged with “intentional homicide” for trying to keep the body of a selfimmolator from Chinese officials. All were given anywhere from 7 to 12 years in jail. Additionally, Dugkar Gyal and Yangmo Kyi were sentenced to 3 and 4 years, respectively, for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles.” All of the six were charged in connection to Dorjee Rinchen, 57, who set himself alight in front of the Peoples Liberation Army Recuitment Center in Sangchu in October last year.

Lobsang Kunchok (right) and his nephew Lobsang Tsering stand trial over inciting self-immolation

detained without the release of their whereabouts.

Connections to Self-immolators Criminalised

February opened with the sentencing of six Tibetans in Sangchu, who were

Also on the 31 January, in Ngaba, the Xiahe County People’s Court sentenced Lobsang Kunchok, 40, to death with a two year reprieve and his nephew, Lobsang Tsering, 31,was sentenced alongside Kunchok to 10 Continued on page 4

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immolators, Tibetan flags, and images of Chinese police brutality.

years in prison. Both were charged with “intentional homicide” of eight Tibetans in Ngaba, although five of the self-immolations never occurred.

Complete Police Control

Targeting Family Members

On February 4, China’s forces in Rebkong reacted to the self-immolation of Dorjee Lhundop, 25, who passed away in his protest on Novermber 4th, 2012. Authorities summoned Yarphel and Drayang, monks from Yershong Monastery. After interrogating them and releasing Drayang, they detained Yarphel, 42, who was Lhundop’s uncle.

the self-immolator Dorjee Lhondup, who passed away in a self-immolation on Nov 4, his uncle Yarpel was arrested

Yarphel had allegedly carried Dorjee Lhundop’s photo, and Drayang carried His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s, as a throng of Tibetans carried Lhundop’s ashes to his village. Although H.H. the Dalai Lama’s photograph has been illegal in TAR and its surrounding areas for years, it was Lhundop’s uncle who was held, for the photo of his nephew.

Unprecedented Number of Tibetans Detained

The Tibetan community reeled with shock when 70 Tibetans were detained on February 8th alone. According to Xinhua (the largest media center in China), they were “suspects” in connection with a “string of selfimmolations” in Mahlo since November last. Many were targeted after mourning the self-immolators, such as Phagpa, 27, from Rebkong, who attended six self-immolators’ funerals and offered charity to their family members. Contact Magazine

Chinese police encircle local Tibetans marking the Tibetan day of prayer in Kumbum, eastern Tibet.

On February 11, Phagpa was sentenced to 13 years, charged for “intentional homicide and inciting split of the state.” He was also found guilty of “indoctrinating” and “convincing” Dolma Kyab, 25, a monk from Phagpa’s neighboring monastery, into considering self-immolation. Also on February 11, Xinhua reported that an elderly Tibetan from Malho was found guilty of “spreading opinions related to ‘Tibetan Independence’” when he consoled family members of self-immolators. Gyadehor, a 60-yr-old herdsman, was sentenced to 4 years in prison.

Protestors Slandered and ‘Seriously Punished’

Xinhua stated that steps are being taken to “seriously punish those who incite innocent people to commit selfimmolation.” Police brutality erupted in Tsawa Dzogang, Eastern Tibet: Phayul reported on 22 February that six young Tibetans were apprehended and “brutally beaten” for their protest on 10 February. The day after the protestors carried a banner reading “Indepdence for Tibet,” a Chinese contingent arrived and beat them severely, reportedly causing broken ribs and a broken arm. The identities, whereabouts, and current condition of these individuals are still unknown. Following these arrests, Ngawang Topden, 20, was arrested in Lhasa on February 22nd and sentenced as a “reactionary” to 2 years in a Toelung prison. Topden, a student of thangka painting in Eastern Tibet, was carrying a mobile phone with photos of self4

Widespread reports of police brutality continue to seep across the border into exiled Tibetan communities. Human Rights Watch confirms the “endemic use of torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and coercion of Tibetans in detention.” Though the PRC has many laws in effect that would appear to provide human rights and judicial review to Tibetans, the reality is a disregard for Chinese law. According to the Executive Summary on Tibet by the US Department of State, even the laws allowing police to legally detain persons for up to 37 days without formally arresting or charging them are not being followed: “Police must notify the relatives or employer of a detained person within 24 hours of the detention. Following the 37-day period, police must either formally arrest or release the detainee. In practice, police frequently violated these requirements.” The justice system is run by “all ethnic Han,” and while prisoners have the right to request a governmentappointed attorney, “in practice many defendants, particularly political defendants, did not have access to legal representation.”

Tienanmen Square

As well as politically criticizing the recent self-immolations by Tibetans in China, the Chinese authorities have introduced n e w measures to reduce the publicity of the protests. This has Fire extinguishers in Tieni ncluded anmen Square installing fire extinguishers in Tienanmen Square, and in the same vein, organising fire fighting teams in several monasteries around Tibet. FEBRUARY 2013

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Number of self-immolations passes one hundred: the world responds

by Sune Peterson the All Party Parliamentary Group for Chinese hard-line policies in Tibet are As the cases of self-immolation in Tibet, Fabian Hamilton, said that China changing for the better. protest to Chinese oppression cross the must ‘recognise that it is the failure of When Xi Jinping was elected leader tragic one hundred milestone of the Communist Party of during Losar, world leaders China in November, hopes and prominent human rights arose that he might habor organizations comment on the softer sentiments towards situation. However no evidence the Tibetan issue. This, of a ‘softening’ in Chinese however, has not been the policies is evident. case so far. In January 2013, On February 14, US State as Chinese security-policies Department spokesperson were reaffirmed in Tibet, Victoria Nuland, commenting newly Chinese-appointed on the ‘horrific figures’, called Tibetan Governor Losang US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland on the Chinese government to Gyaltsen praised the Party ‘address its own policies in Tibet that their policies in Tibet that have led to not for its ‘peaceful liberation’ of Tibet, have caused these kinds of tensions only the 100 self-immolations but also its socialist system and its ethnicand frustration’. Remaining deeply widespread peaceful protests in Tibet’. autonomy policies. concerned by the ever-increasing Especially Since the beginning of 2013, reports of self-immolations, the official concerned with China has also intensified its security US policy is still that the Tibetan acts of the lack of free operations, both within the formal defiance to Chinese oppression may not expression, Mr. boundaries of the Tibet Autonomous be the best way to express grievances: Hamilton urged Region and in the heavily Tibetan areas ‘We call on those who are immolating the Chinese of the surrounding provinces, where or those who might be considering this government to many of the self-immolation cases have to think hard about whether it’s the allow Tibetans been reported. best way to express yourself’, Mrs. ‘the freedom Both US and UK officials agree Nuland said. t o e x p r e s s with the findings of the Human Rights Although no official statements have their unique Watch World Report 2013 which been made by newly appointed US cultural identity strongly criticizes China, and calls Secretary of State, John Kerry, he did without fear of on the Chinese government to soften UK MP Fabian Hamilton raise American persecution’. their policies concerns over On the same note, MP Lord Alton and address human rights of Liverpool urged China to ‘afford t h e Ti b e t a n with his Chinese the Tibetans the rights and freedoms grievances if c o u n t e r p a r t to which all people are entitled, such they wish to during their first as the freedom of expression and diminish the meeting. ‘… freedom of religion’. Conservative MP civil unrest Obviously, the Tim Loughton, in the region. importance of commenting on When asked if continuing our the obviously the US sees any UK MP Cathy Jamieson US Secretary of State human rights failed Chinese move by China John Kerry dialogue did a t t e m p t s t o to address the concerns of the Tibetans, come up’ Mrs. Nuland said, commenting diminish civil Mrs. Nuland said ‘I think you can tell on the meeting between the two foreign unrest, said from the situation that it remains quite ministers. that the ‘hearttense’. A more direct statement was On February 13, in the UK, a group rending decision made by UK MP Cathy Jamieson of bipartisan MPs issued several to self-immolate UK MP Tim Loughton (Labour) on February 13 when she urged statements on the tragic situation in b y o v e r a the Chinese leaders to ‘ease tensions Tibet condemning the Chinese hard- hundred Tibetans is indicative of the by withdrawing its armed forces and line policies, and urged the Chinese failure of China’s policies in Tibet’. ending its repressive policies, instead of Government to examine their current Although facing world-wide responding with military aggression and strategy. Labour MP and Chairman of criticism, there is no evidence that “de facto” martial law conditions’. Contact Magazine



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Support for Tibet from Indian Leaders by Palden Choeden The Tibetan Central Administration and the Tibetan Parliament in exile organised one of the largest gathering of Tibetans and Indian supporters in the Indian capital for the Tibetan Solidarity Movement. More than 5,000 Tibetans converged in Delhi from India, Nepal and Bhutan, as well as over 1,500 Indian supporters, to partake in the four day campaign from 30 January to 2 February. The objective of the campaign was to express solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet, to highlight the tragic situation prevailing there, to draw the attention of the international community to the sacrifices of Tibetans there, and to seek international support.

India’s former foreign minister Shri Yashwant Sinha

Alongside the event, ministers and members of Tibetan Parliament in Exile met with senior officers of the Indiabased United Nations Human Rights Council, and foreign diplomats from 20 countries. The delegation requested the representatives to urge China to: a) allow unfettered access to Tibet for the media, the United Nations and International fact-finding delegations to investigate and report on the real causes behind the self-immolations; b) allow governmental, parliamentary and diplomatic delegations to visit Tibet in order to ascertain ground realities in Tibet; and Contact Magazine

c) review its failed hardline policies in Tibet and address the genuine grievances of the Tibetan people by resolving the issue of Tibet through dialogue. The four-day campaign began on a political high note with top Indian leaders from both sides of the Indian Parliament expressing their support and solidarity with Tibet. Former deputy prime minister and stalwart Indian leader LK Advani shared the stage with official representatives of the ruling Indian National Congress and members of parliament, Priya Dutt and Dr EM Sudarsan Natchiappan. In his introductory remarks, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament, Penpa Tsering noted that Tibetans had gathered to express solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet, where he said the situation is getting “more and more grave each day. Just making a statement is not enough. World leaders should tell the Chinese government that Tibet issue needs to be resolved for the interest of China” he said. LK Advani pledged to remind the Indian public of their responsibility towards the Tibetan people. The second day began with interfaith prayers. Religious leaders’ representatives from Buddhist, Christain, Islam, Jain, Hindu, Sikh, Bahai and Jewish faiths led the prayer meeting which was attended by over 7000 people. H.E. Kirti Rinpoche, the religious head of Kirti Monasteries where more than 30 self-immolations had taken place, took part, along with over 700 Tibetan Buddhist monks.

A section of Indian supporters at the Solidarity Campaign

Prayers were followed by a march. Participants carried placards and raised slogans urging India and the international community to “take urgent 6

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, Speaker and Deputy Speaker, and Kalon dolma Gyari at the peace march from Rajghat to Jantar Mantar

diplomatic action to end the crisis inside Tibet”. The march was from Samtha Sthal to Jantar Mantar, where there was a daylong sit-in with speakers from various religious faiths. The third day was a day of prayer, led by His Eminence Gaden Tri Rinpoche, 102nd Throne-holder of the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the first of Indian origin. Over 6000 Tibetans took part in the public event, the majority of them from monastic communities. The campaign concluded on the final day with a strong show of support for the Tibetan struggle from Indian leaders from across party lines. Prominent Indian leaders including former union ministers, representatives of major political parties, and youth leaders flocked to Jantar Mantar to express their solidarity with the ongoing crisis inside Tibet, and over 30 Indian leaders – members of parliament, party leaders, and youth leaders addressed the gathering. Also joining the mass sit-in were at least a thousand Indian supporters carrying photos of Tibetan self-immolators and placards calling for greater political support for Tibet from their government. The Tibetan Prime Minister (Kalon Tripa) in exile Lobsang Sangay called for a stronger endorsement of nonviolent methods by the international community, saying “if non-violence is the right thing to do, we ought to be supported by the international community”. FEBRUARY 2013

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Offering Day by Olivia Engel

to Jataka’s Tales, his emphasis was the language. In English, he contested, it His Holiness the Dalai Lama sat practice of sangyay, or the cutting away is difficult to understand the complexity before thousands on February 25th, of ignorance. Human beings create of the teachings, and as Sanskrit is gone, it is very important to learn marking the final day of Tibetan in order to carry on Losar with prayers and a the dharama, or the way of teaching on the Jataka Tales, Buddhist life. Around 10AM, the stories of the Buddha’s followers bid him goodbye past lives. Before he began, and left in a huge throng he reminded his followers through the sunny streets of to keep their minds sharply McLeod Ganj. tuned against ignorance, in The day usually includes order to alleviate suffering sacred dances, but following in the world. an appeal from Sikyong Traditionally, on the 15th Lobsang Sangay not to day of the Tibetan year, HH celebrate with revelry this the Dalai Lama and high year in wake of the selflamas hold a ceremony for His Holiness the Dalai Lama laughs during teaching from the Jataka immolations, no dances were Offering Day. The prayers, Tales performed. However, those led by around 100 monks and nuns, began in the upper temple at suffering out of ignorance, he told the arriving early for the teaching could see crowd, and we improve by training our monks and nuns engaging in Tibetan the Tsuglagkhang at 5am. dialectics, or philosophical debate, At 8am, His Holiness sat before the minds, appealing to inner wisdom. He went on to encourage Tibetans before the ceremony began. crowd and led his introductory prayer before the teaching. In the introduction to become profficient in their own

“How can Dhasa celebrate whilst Lhasa burns?” by James Connell

Students of Sarah College, and Students for a Free Tibet took part in a hunger-strike and protest march outside

Student protestors writing the name “Lobsang Konchok”in their own blood

the Tsuglagkhan Temple on Monday 11 February, Losar, to raise awareness of human rights abuses in Tibet, and in remembrance of the growing number of Tibetans who have died through self-immolation. The protest resonated with the reluctance within the exile community to celebrate Losar, given the current situation in Tibet and the increasing number of young people turning to self-immolation: “how can Dhasa celebrate”, one young woman Contact Magazine

asked, “whilst Lhasa burns?” Rinzin Chodon of Sarah College, a key speaker at the demonstration, delivered an impassioned speech, explaining the core reason for protest as the unjust trial and conviction of Lobsang Konchok, a Tibetan who has been sentenced to death with a two year reprieve by the Chinese authorities. More broadly, she noted, the protest was intended to draw attention to a number of similar perceived injustices in the penal system, notably the disproportionately heavy sentencing for Tibetans believed to have assisted selfimmolators in escaping the authorities, and a number of further death sentences carried out in secret –such as that of Lobsang Gyaltsen in 2009. The demonstration involved a daylong sit-in protest and hunger strike at the entrance to the Tsuglagkhan Temple. Protestors wore masks to symbolise the restriction of free speech, and a coffin formed a bleak reminder of the recent deaths. Supporters were encouraged to take part in a signature campaign. On 7

Monday evening the coffin was walked around McLeod Ganj followed by a candle-lit procession. The following day saw students re-enact the arrest and imprisonment of Lobsang Konchok, and a second protest march. For Miss Chodon, the protest fundamentally represented a challenge to the misuse of the justice system in China. She argued that such actions will likely serve only to worsen the

Hugner striking students

crisis of self-immolation. “China fails to understand or make any efforts to respectfully approach the issue”, she noted, “China must allow the grievances of Tibetan people to be aired freely, publicly, and openly, without fear of retribution”. FEBRUARY 2013

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Human Right Watch Censures China by Vanshika Tripathi

With its headquarters situated in New York, the global non-governmental organisation known as Human Rights Watch (HRW) has focused its gaze across the world upon China in its World Report 2013 released this month, and has consequently censured the country. Although China has a very rapidly growing economy, it severely lags behind in terms of human rights, and is cited by HRW as being a country that “openly rejects judicial independence and press freedom; and arbitrarily restricts and suppresses human rights defenders and organizations, often through extra-judicial measures.” Such “extra-judicial measures” range anywhere from the imprisonment of vocal human rights activists, as seen in the case of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo, to introducing “even more

by Tenzin Younten

hard-line measures such as collective punishment for relatives and neighbours of self-immolators.” In a year when Tibet witnessed

83 self-immolation protests against Chinese rule, HRW said the situation in the Tibetan areas “remained tense following the massive crackdown on popular protests that swept the plateau in 2008.” “The government has yet to indicate that it will accommodate the aspirations of Tibetan people for greater autonomy, even within the narrow confines of the country’s autonomy law on

ethnic minorities’ areas,” the group said in its 665-page report, and that Tibetans suspected of being critical of political, religious, cultural, or economic state policies are systematically targeted on charges of “separatism”. HRW further notes that “Chinese security forces maintain a heavy presence and the authorities continue to tightly restrict access and travel to Tibetan areas, particularly for journalists and foreign visitors.” As part of its drive to build “a New Socialist Countryside” in Tibet, HRW blames the Chinese government for continuing to implement “large development programs mandating rehousing or relocating up to 80 percent of the rural population.” According to the report, China executes more prisoners than the rest of the world combined.

Losar: The Tibetan New Year including dried cheese and various grains. Also, dough balls are given out with various ingredients hidden in

be a lighthearted comment on one’s The Tibetan Losar, or New Year, character. The last day of the year is celebration can be traced back to the called “Namkhang” and it is a time to pre-Buddhist Bon period. It clean and prepare for the was first a religious festival approaching New Year. and later evolved into an The First day of Losar annual Buddhist festival, is called “Lama Losar”; which is believed to have people arise early to place originated during the reign water and offerings on of the ninth king of Tibet. their household shrines Different regions in Tibet and go to the temple and have different practices and get a blessing from our their own rituals, although respected Lama. We they are all very similar. visit the nearest temple in Losar is based on the our traditional attire, or Tibetan calendar which is new clothes, and spend made up of twelve lunar the whole day with our months: the first day of the Monks of Namgyal Monastery and officials of the CTA recite the invocation family. first month is considered of Palden Lhamo, the guardian deity of Tibet, during the Tsetor ceremony The second day of New Year. In fact, Losar at Tsuglagkhang in the early morning of the first day of Tibetan New Year, Losar is called “Gyalpo 11 February 2013 begins on the 29th day of the Losar”, meaning King 12th month, when the custom is to make them such as chilli, salt, wool, rice and Losar, because officially the day is a special noodle dish called “Guthuk” coal. The ingredients one finds hidden reserved for secular gatherings. Before which is made of 9 different ingredients in one’s dough balls are supposed to continued on page 9 Contact Magazine



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Tibetan Independence Day by Sune Petersen

and goal of restoring independence of Tibet and develop the conviction and confidence of Rangzen advocates”; and “To develop plans and strategies to restore Tibetan Independence”. Also in Delhi, a marathon, “Run for Tibet”, was organized at the Delhi University campus. Moreover,

Wednesday February 13 marked 100 years since the 13th Dalai Lama proclaimed Tibetan Independence, rightfully restoring Tibet as a sovereign nation after the short-lived invasion by the Chinese Manchu Army. Commemorating this important day, Tibetans and supporters worldwide joined in various public events, such as flag-raising ceremonies, exhibitions and demonstrations. In Delhi, The Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) organized the 4th Preliminary International Rangzen Conference. Around 45 Rangzen Exhibition “Reclaiming History” in McLeod Ganj activists and advocates, including 10 Indians from different demonstrations, readings of the organization took part, representing a Tibetan Declaration of Independence, wide range of Tibetan activists. distribution of pamphlets and books “It is the responsibility of each and and panel talks were held. In European every Tibetan to preserve the legacy capitals such as London, Paris and of the Great 13th Dalai Lama and Copenhagen, demonstrations and public uphold the truth of an independent awareness exhibitions were held and in and sovereign Tibet” said Dhondup New York, four Tibetans were arrested Lhadar, vice-president of TYC Central as they unfurled a re-creation of the 1913 Executive Committee. TYC called on Tibetan Independence Proclamation Tibetans to unite and fulfill the ultimate outside the Chinese Mission to the aspiration of the Tibetan people of United Nations. the return of His Holiness the Dalai More peaceful events took place in Lama to an independent Tibet. The our own McLeod Ganj, India, beginning Conference discussed 2 major agenda with the exhibition “Reclaiming items: “To assert the essential purpose History” at the Tibetan Childrens

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Losar: The Tibetan New Year

the Chinese invasion His Holiness and his government exchanged greetings with both monastic and lay dignitaries,

Ceremony at Tsuglagkhang on the first day of Tibetan New Year, 11 February 2013 Contact Magazine

Village Day School, documenting Tibet’s former status as an independent nation – a fact that is repeatedly disputed by the Chinese Government. The exhibition, arranged by Students for Free Tibet SFT), showcased various articles, photographs and documents, all evidence of the nation’s independents status. SFT also arranged a panel talk on The 13th Dalai’s efforts in securing Tibet’s independence, featuring Mr. Bawa Kelsang Gyaltsen, an MP with the Tibetan Government in Exile, Mr. Acharya Sangye Tandar Naga, Head of the Cultural Research and Tibetan Publication Department and Mr. Lukar Sham, the VicePresident of the Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet. Students for a Free Tibet had arranged a Tibetan Independence Day Concert in the evening taking place at the Tibetan School of Performing Arts. At 6.30pm, hundreds of Tibetans and curious tourists alike were gathered around the school’s courtyard, as candles were lit and the Tibetan National Anthem was sung. Following a reading of the original Tibetan Proclamation of Independence, various local artists such as JJI Exile Brothers and Sogshod Dhargye, as well as Swiss artist Karma Emchi performed to the cheering crowd.

such as representatives of China, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Mongolia and other foreign visitors. The third day of Losar is called Choekyong Losar. In the early morning we go to pray and make offerings for all sentient beings’ welfare, and for better luck for the whole year; we also hang prayer flags (wind horses) which are considered to bring good luck. Celebrations can go on for 15 days or more but in India it is celebrated for three days; in other countries for maybe as little as one day. 9

This year, the exile Central Tibetan Government appealed to Tibetans not to celebrate Losar in light of the ongoing crisis inside Tibet, and asked that only the customary religious ritual be performed. The spirit of the Tibetan people has never died, not even under the Chinese regime in Tibet. We hope for a better future and pay our deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters and their brave souls. Bod Gyalo! (Victory for Tibet! May Tibet live forever!) FEBRUARY 2013

news & issues Feb 27: No Canadian Envoy

Canada’s ambassador to China has been refused access to the restive region where more than 100 Tibetans have self-immolated protesting China’s rule. Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay met top Canadian officials this week, and urged Canada to send its Ambassador for Religious Freedom Andrew Bennett to Tibet to investigate the situation there.

Feb 26: Nomads in Ladakh

Tibetan nomads living in the higher reaches of Ladakh, north India, are currently reeling under severe cold conditions after heavy snowfall which killed thousands of their livestock. The Jangthang region in Ladakh has received unprecedented snowfall in January and February. Extra food and fodder for animals were sent there by the Local Indian authorities.

Feb 22: Mobile photos

China has sentenced a Tibetan youth to two years in prison for storing images of Tibetan self-immolations and the banned Tibetan national flag, as well as other photos showing Chinese atrocities against Tibetans, on his mobile phone. Ngawang Topden, 20, a student of thangka painting from the Jomda region of eastern Tibet was arrested on Oct 12 last year in Lhasa where he had been staying with all required legal documents.

Feb 21: Global Prayers

The exile Tibetan administration held a two-hour prayer service at Tsug-la Khang, the main temple in Dharamshala, as part of a worldwide prayers and solidarity with all those who have self-immolated. The service was presided over by Thomthog Rinpoche, the Abbot of Namgyal Monastery. Thousands of Tibetans and supporters attended.

Feb 21: Geneva Summit

Kalon Dicki Chhoyang, Minister of the Department of Information, of the Contact Magazine

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Kalon Dicki Chhoyang addresses the 5th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

CTA, addressed the 5th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. Kalon said self-immolations “are sending an unequivocal message to the world about the gravity of the situation in Tibet. China must be held accountable to the pledges it made to the UN Human Rights Council”.

Feb 19: Appeal to World

A rally was held yesterday in McLeod Ganj by the five major Tibetan NGOs based in Dharamshala. Participants demanded immediate international intervention in the ongoing crisis. The organisers were: Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women’s Association, Gu-Chu-Sum, National Democratic Party of Tibet, and Students for a Free Tibet, India.

Feb 16: Nepal holds body

The body of the Tibetan monk who set himself on fire in Kathmandu on Feb 13 has still not been handed over to Tibetan representatives. Nepalese authorities, acting under Chinese influence, have been creating unnecessary obstacles in the process of handing over the body. Police have increased restrictions in Tibetan areas of the city.

Feb 14: CTA Press Statement

The exile Tibetan administration (CTA) has issued a press statement calling on China to stop the deteriorating situation in Tibet. They declared that the world should respond to the situation in Tibet. The statement said that the “ongoing and unprecedented selfimmolations by an increasing number of Tibetans in Tibet are the ultimate acts of civil disobedience against China’s failed rule in Tibet.” 10

Feb 10: Tibetan Jailed

China has said that it has jailed a Tibetan herdsman, Gyadehor, 60, for four years for having incited secession, and deprived him of his political rights for two years. The report suggested that he received a fair and open trial and that more than 100 people, including his relatives and friends, were present when the verdict was delivered.

Dawa Tsering, Member of theTibetan Parliament in exile, and Chairman of Representative Committee of Tibetan parliament in exile at the press briefing.

Feb 7: Tibet thanks India

The Tibetan Government thanked the Indian government for helping them protect their cultural identity. Dawa Tsering said “We highly acknowledge the timely help and motherly care of the Indian Government and people. It is because of that we are able to keep our culture and identity intact which is not possible in Tibet….All hopes are on the Indian Government and the people of this country for the solution of Tibet”.

Feb 7: US Denial

A major US broadcaster has denied Chinese allegations of their involvement in encouraging Tibetan self-immolations. Voice of America Director David Ensor said the allegations were “totally false”. He called on China Daily and CCTV to “retract their stories” and denied that any news reports were influenced by the Dalai Lama or the exile Tibetan administration.

Voice of America Director David Ensor FEBRUARY 2013

news & issues 27 Feb: Chinese Letter

International Headlines

More than a hundred leading Chinese scholars, journalists, lawyers, and activists have signed an open letter urging their national legislature to ratify a major human rights treaty a week before the inaugural session of the 12th National People’s Congress in Beijing. The treaty was signed in 1998 but has never been ratified by the Chinese rubber stamp parliament.

Feb 23: Cancer Villages

China’s environment ministry appears to have acknowledged the existence of so-called “cancer villages” after years of public speculation about the impact of pollution in certain areas. Campaigners have said cancer rates in some villages near factories and polluted waterways have shot up. China has witnessed growing public anger over air pollution and industrial waste caused by industrial development.

Feb 21: Executions in Japan

Japan has hanged three death-row inmates, the first executions under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Japan is one of the few industrialised nations to retain the death penalty and traditionally executes several prisoners at a time. These are the first executions since September 2012. Human Rights group Amnesty International has strongly condemned the executions.

Beijing government was aware of them. China’s Defence Ministry has denied any role in hacking.

Feb 16: Chinese Dams

China is constructing three hydropower projects on the Brahmaputra – Tsangpo - river in Tibet, and diverting water to its arid provinces. This is causing concern about the effects on people downstream in Arunachal Pradesh. India and China do not have a water-sharing agreement. Experts have said that the projects would have devastating consequences on the lives of millions of people in India and Bangladesh.

Feb 15: Meteorite explosion

A meteorite exploded over Chelyabinsk, east of Moscow in Central Russia, raining fireballs over a vast area and causing a shock wave that smashed windows, damaged buildings and injured 1,200 people. The fireball left a long white trail that could be seen as far as 200 km (125 miles) away.

Feb 20: US Computers hacked

A US report has linked a Chinese military unit with cyber theft, identifying a Shanghai high-rise used by the military as the likely home of a prolific hacking group. The details it had uncovered showed that hacking groups were based primarily in China and that the Contact Magazine

Chinese General Secretary Mr Xi Jinping

Feb 8: Party Criticism

Chinese General Secretary Mr Xi Jinping has urged the Communist Party of China to be tolerant of criticism and receptive to the views of noncommunists, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency. Criticism from non-communist personages could help the CPC to identify, analyse and solve problems. However, critics should “anchor their views on the so-called socialist political system with Chinese characteristics” said the release.

Feb 4: India’s Rape Laws

Pope Benedict XVI

Feb 11: Pope Resigns

Shanghai high-rise probably used by the Chinese military hacking group

overcrowded railway station footbridge buckled and a railing collapsed, sending some people slipping down the stairs and triggering the stampede.

Pope Benedict XVI, 85, is to resign at the end of this month after nearly eight years as the head of the Catholic Church, saying he is too old to continue. This is the first papal resignation in nearly 600 years and surprised governments, Vatican-watchers and even his closest aides. The last Pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, in 1415, amid a schism within the Church.

Feb 10: Kumbh Mela Stampede

At least 36 people were killed in a stampede in the Indian city of Allahabad as Hindus returned from a river dip at the world’s largest religious festival. An 11

India’s president Pranab Mukherjee has approved harsher punishment for rapists after the gang rape of a student sparked demands for tougher laws. The new law provides for the death penalty in cases of rape that leads to death or leaves the victim in a “persistent vegetative state”.

Feb 3: Successful Surgery

15-year-old Malala Yousufzai who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education has undergone successful surgery at a British hospital to reconstruct her skull and help restore lost hearing. She has become an international Malala Yousufzai symbol of resistance to the Taliban’s efforts to deny women education and other rights, online petitions are calling for her to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. FEBRUARY 2013

around town

Charities and Organizations

Central Tibetan Administration

The CTA serves in Dharamsala as the government in exile of Tibet. It is democratic with judiciary, legislative, and executive branches. Within the Executive branch there is the Kashag, consisting of the departments of Religion and Culture, Home, Education, Finance, Security, Information and International Relations and Health, and Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay. WEB: LOCATION: Dharamsala – 176215 PHONE: 01892-222218 HOURS: Mon-Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm EMAIL:

The Office of His Holiness The Dalai Lama (OHHDL)

OHHDL is the personal office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The office organizes his schedule, including appointments and travel plans, diplomatic and personal correspondence, and liaises with officials of the Central Tibetan Administration. When His Holiness is in Dharamsala, his schedule includes daily religious practice and studies, meeting with private audiences, and congregating with the Tibetan Kashag and senior Tibetan governmental officials. WEB: LOCATION: Thekchen Choeling, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala – 176219 PHONE: 01892-221343 / 221879 EMAIL:

Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC)

The Tibetan Youth Congress is an advocacy and political action organization with chapters around the world. The Tibetan Youth Congress organizes cultural exhibitions, educational campaigns and social welfare activities. The organization publishes a series of periodicals and magazines on the Tibetan cause. WEB: www. LOCATION: Tipa Road, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala -176219 PHONE: 01892-221554 / 221010,

Tibetan Women’s Association

The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) conducts workshops on gender sensitization and domestic violence throughout Tibetan settlements in India, provides Tibetan women with education scholarships, and connects women with international sponsors. WEB: www. LOCATION: Bhagsu Road, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala – 176219 PHONE: 01892-221527 / 221198 EMAIL:

Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV)

TCV provides care to Tibetan children by creating a nurturing environment and fostering Tibetan values and culture while delivering a modern education. There is an Upper and Lower residential school in Dharamsala and day school in McLeod Ganj, with other branches throughout India. WEB: LOCATION: Dharamsala Cantt.176216 PHONE: 01892-220356 / 221348 EMAIL:

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Tibetan Medical & Astro. Institute (Men-Tsee-Khang) Men-Tsee-Khang is a facility for research, training and practice of traditional Tibetan medicine. Patients may seek treatment at Men-TseeKhang for both acute and chronic conditions. The facility provides extensive training and produces traditional pharmaceuticals. WEB: LOCATION: Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala – 176215 PHONE: 01892-223222 EMAIL:

Tibetan Library (LTWA) (Centre for Tibetan Studies)

The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives has the purpose to restore, protect, preserve, and promote Tibetan culture in all its aspects. They offer courses in Tibetan and Hindi language and Buddhist philosophy and can provide affordable accommodation for those enrolled in two or more courses. WEB:, LOCATION: Gangchen Kyishong Dharamsala - 176215 PHONE: 01892-222467 / 226181 HOURS: Mon-Sat: 9:00am-1:00pm, 2:005:00pm. Closed 2nd and 4th Sat. every month EMAIL:

Delek Hospital

Delek Hospital is a small, Tibetan run hospital in Dharamsala. It has 45 inpatient beds, holds outpatient hours from 9am to 12pm Monday through Friday, and can handle most small procedures. Patients are responsible for a 10 Rupees registration fee, although this is waived for those who fall under the poverty line. The hospital has a pharmacy on site. (Friends of Tibetan Delek Hospital) LOCATION: Kharadanda Road, Dharamsala -176215; Delek Clinic, Bhagsu Road, Dharamsala -176219 PHONE: 01892-222053 / 223381 HOURS: Outpatient, Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Specialist clinics, Mon-Sat: 2:00 pm-4:30 pm; Emergencies, 24 hours daily EMAIL:

Sambhota Tibetan Schools Society

The society was established in 1999 to provide educational and administrative guidance to all Tibetan schools in remote areas of India and Bhutan that do not fall under the guidance of Tibetan Childrens Village. Today there are 12 schools under this organization. WEB: LOCATION: Session Road, Dharamsala 176215 PHONE: 01892 - 228877 | 226877 EMAIL:

Students for a Free Tibet (SFT)

Students for a Free Tibet is an international nongovernmental organization that promotes the Tibetan cause among the non-Tibetan community. The organization attempts to build international solidarity by advocating for a free Tibet through chapter organizations at Universities around the world.,


LOCATION: Jogiwara RoadMcLeod Ganj, Dharamsala - 176219 PHONE: 01892-220589

Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) TCHRD advocates for human rights and provides education on the human rights situation in Tibet. The centre publishes journals and articles, as well as conducts workshops and campaigns. WEB: LOCATION: Top Floor, Narthang Building Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala - 176215 PHONE: 01892-223363 EMAIL:

Lha Charitable Trust (Lha)

Lha is a Tibetan grassroots nonprofit based in Dharamsala, India. It is one of the largest social work organizations providing vital resources for Tibetan refugees, the local Indian population, and people from the Himalayan regions. Lha offers free English, French and Chinese classes, cultural exchange programs, IT classes, vocational training, health and environmental awareness education, distribution of clothes and medicine, a community kitchen, and many other programs and activities. (see page 2) LOCATION: Temple Road, McLeod Ganj PHONE: 01892-220992 EMAIL:

Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet

(Ex Political Prisoners Association) Gu-Chu-Sum is a social service organization that provides financial and medical support for ex political prisoners and political activists from Tibet. In order to join Gu-Chu-Sum, one must register as a political prisoner or political activist through the Department of Security. WEB: LOCATION: Jogibara Road, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala -176219 PHONE: 01892-220680 / 220679 EMAIL:

Tong-Len Charitable Trust

Tong-Len’s mission is to help displaced communities in North India achieve a secure and sustainable future. Tong-Len projects include educational and health programs, childhood education and sponsorship, primary and nursery tent schools, and children’s support hostels. Some volunteer opportunities available. WEB: www. LOCATION: Top Floor, Bank Of Baroda, Kotwali Bazaar, Dharamsala-176215 PHONE: 01892-223113 / 223930 EMAIL:

Tibet Charity

Tibet Charity provides programs including English and computer classes, an animal care program, and a variety of medical and educational financial support programs. WEB: LOCATION: Temple Road, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala – 176219 PHONE: 01892-221790 / 221877 HOURS: Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, tibccharity@gmail. com


around town CHOICE HIV/AIDS Initiative

Charities and Organizations

CHOICE HIV/AIDS Initiative provides HIV/ AIDS education, prevention and care services in Tibetan settlements throughout India. The services provided by CHOICE range from individual counseling to organizational training. CHOICE has a sponsorship program and occasionally utilizes volunteers. WEB: LOCATION: Arora House, 2nd Floor, Temple Road, Dharamsala PHONE: 01892-220239, 941-831-6896 EMAIL:

Tibetan Centre for Conflict Resolution (TCCR)

Tibetan Centre for Conflict Resolution is a nonprofit, educational organisation dedicated to the non-violent management of conflicts in the Tibetan Community and the world as a whole. They work to promote the approaches and tools of non-violent conflict resolution and democratic processes in the Tibetan community in exile and elsewhere. WEB: LOCATION: Session Road, Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala 176215 PHONE: 0189 222 6627 EMAIL:

Rogpa Baby Care Center

The Rogpa Baby Care Center helps low-income Tibetan families to become self-sufficient by providing free child care for infants so their parents can work. The center needs volunteers to help with art, games, singing and other tasks including diaper changing. WEB: LOCATION: Near Tibetan Ashoka Guest House, Jogiwara Rd., McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala - 176219 (near no.13 on map) PHONE: 981-665-9549 HOURS: Mon-Sat: 8:00 am-12:00 pm or 1:00 pm- 5 :00 pm EMAIL:

Dharamsala Dog Rescue

Dharamsala Dog Rescue is in urgent need of vet volunteers, animal experts and sponsors. We are in immediate need of sponsors for two paralysed dogs that need a home, wheelchair, monthly food and medicine. Please contact us if you see an injured/sick dog. WEB: LOCATION: Behind the District Court Complex on Chilgari St, Lower Dharamsala PHONE: 981-622-0841 EMAIL:

Clean Upper Dharamsala Project

Founded in 1994 to provide a waste management system in and around McLeod Ganj, the Green Workers, the Handmade Recycled Paper Factory, the Green Shop and the Environmental Education Center are part of the Clean Upper Daramsala Project. Weekly guided tours are offered on Wednesdays at 3 pm. WEB: LOCATION: Bhagsu Rd., McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala - 176219 PHONE: 01892-221059 EMAIL:

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The Active Nonviolence Education Center (ANEC)

ANEC facilitates trainings, workshops and open forum discussions on nonviolent strategies to help resolve disagreements and differences at all levls of human society. ANEC welcomes volunteers from western countries to participate in informal panel discussions on ideas of regional and global peace and nonviolent strategies. Free lunch and tea for volunteers. WEB: LOCATION: No. 262, 1st floor, Khajanchi -Mohalla, Khunyara Rd, Lower Dharamsala PHONE: 981-632-7158 / 867-990-4767 EMAIL:, executive_

National Democratic Party of Tibet

The NDPT is currently the only Tibetan political party. With 5000 members in 36 regional

chapters throughout the world, the main aim and objectives of the NDPT are to prepare for the establishment of a political party in a future Tibet, to promote democracy, to educate the Tibetan people about the significance of political parties, and to create awareness among the people about Tibetan issues. WEB: LOCATION: Dharamsala–176219 EMAIL:

Nyingtob Ling (Realm of Courage)

Nyingtob Ling supports Tibetan children from disadvantaged families. The children work hard at making delightful handicrafts and paintings. They are so friendly and love to have visitors. WEB: LOCATION: Near Norbulingka, Sidhpur PHONE: 01892-246366, 981-685-1841 EMAIL:

Volunteer Storyin Tibetan Buddhism Seen through the eyes of a foreigner interested

Name: Dave Wood

After experiencing Delhi, and

Job at Lha: Graphic Design

beneficial and good as it is at Lha, and

and culture, home the of His Holinessand theenvironment Dalai Lama— inhaling thatDharamsala—the first breath of busy, atmosphere so always unique and spiritual feeling in Having smoggyevoked and thicksome Delhispecial, air, volunteers engaging and positive, as me. it is already spent the in past eight yearsweary with various studies readings Tibet, arriving Dharamsala, and turning outand to be, then it isabout easy to see heavy-eyed, findtothemselves totallypeople why Lha regarded in the local I was very will eager meet Tibetan andistohighly become useful to their lost in the environment, atmosphere, and wider communities. community.

and people. It is easy to slip into worn Through this time of increasing clichésmy when describingwith McLeod Ganj turmoil in and Tibet, international Given experience development issues mythe current studas ‘home’, but in my relatively short team of volunteers in McLeod ies, I decided in January 2012 that I would come to McLeod Ganj Ganj and experiences travelling, it is clear that seem united in their determination make my long-term dream a reality. Among all organizations that I conthis is a special place. to positively impact on the local tacted, the handiest and most My Lha role provided at Lha isme as with a graphic community, and practical despite theinformafact that tion. Soon after our first emails, I felt attached and could not wait to designer and creative writer, and I am not (yet) ‘on the ground’ teaching arrive Watching articles, and imagining myself from here. day one in thevideos, busy reading little and instructing, I am proud to be a walking the streets of McLeod Ganj made me feel already involved corridor, just down the road from part of it. with the Tibetan community. the temple of spinning prayer wheels It is absolutely clear that the work and roadside momo stands, we all had we do would not be possible if it jobs to do. Eachsome volunteer given I weren’t for thetohumble, generous After spending dayswas in Delhi, finally arrived McLeod after an opportunity to play to their own and positive attitude of the Tibetan an exciting journey on the twisting roads up to the Himalayas. The strengths in of what they could bring toandcommunity Lha interacts and it welcoming Lha, their guidance the introduction to thewith, Tibetan the charity, wide varietyforisme. immediately striking that despite theI society was producing a stunninga experience I knew on my first day that of inputs. complete and desperate sadness that was going to have a wonderful time. The four weeks I spent here were Maintaining the vital community many have experienced, this positivity filled an interesting research, unofficial talks, workwith undertaken by Lha mixture requires of a official is retained more fully than I have ever impressions and feelings, all of which helped me to get to know Tibethuge amount of coordination and experienced. ans better by findinginvolved, out moreand about face. effort by everyone it theI realities only hopethey that my enthusiasm and was the passion and understanding humility can go some way to match I of spent my days visiting the offices Tibetan NGOs in po-are the organisation as a whole which ofthat of those who engaged we as a group, helpedsocial everyone working as soon As McLeod quickly litical, andstart human rights issues.helping. I received the most Ganj welcoming as possible. becomes that cliché I was so hoping to approach and I am very grateful to all people who were always here for the factquestions. that this is still my toavoid, I am excited to continue my Despite never-ending Thanks you,‘home’, I got on a new path to know first week here, it is clear that the work my work as well to find new you better, not merely from books and teachings, but by getting ways someto promises to be a varied and worthwhile help the community here during real-life experience. Through my engagement, I aim to offer a long-my experience. When the work is as relatively brief month.

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activities & tourist info Upcoming Events


Mar 10: Tibet Uprising Day 8am Gathering and ceremony at Main Temple, McLeod Ganj 10.30am Protest March to Lower Dharamshala. Commemorating 54 years since the Chinese invasion of Tibet, this has been a major annual event since the big uprising in 2008. (times are approximate) Jun 1-4: HH The Dalai Lama teachings at the Main Temple in Dharamsala, on Shantideva’s A Guide to the Boddhisattva’s Way of Life (chodjug) at the request of a group of Indians.

BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY Library of Tibetan Works & Archives WEB: LOCATION: Gangchen Kyishong, between McLeod Ganj and Lower Dharamsala HOURS: Mon-Sat: 9:00-1:00pm, 2:00-5:00pm PHONE: 921-842-2467

Public Audience with HH Karmapa

ART & MUSeums

Om Yoga, Meditation & Reiki Centre WEB: LOCATION: Ketan Lodge, Jogiwara Road PHONE: 980-569-3514 EMAIL:

LOCATION:Near the Main Temple and the Namgyal Monastery gate, McLeod Ganj HOURS: Tue-Sun: 9:00am-5:00pm

Tushita Meditation Center WEB: LOCATION: Dharamkot HOURS: Mon-Sat: 9:30-11:30am PHONE: 01982-21866 EMAIL:

Tibet Photo Exhibit: 50 Years of Struggle and Oppression

LOCATION: Gu-Chu-Sum hall on Jogiwara Rd, next to the Lung-ta Japanese Restaurant HOURS: Mon, Wed & Fri: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Vipassana Meditation

Kangra Art Museum

WEB: LOCATION: Dharamkot HOURS: Mon-Sat: 4:00-5:00pm PHONE: 01982-21309 EMAIL:

LOCATION: Near Bus Stand, Kotwali Bazaar PHONE: 01892 224214 HOURS: Tue-Sun: 10:00am-1:00pm & 2:00pm-5:00pm

The Tibetan Institute for the Performing Arts (TIPA)

Rishi Yoga & Meditation Center

WEB: LOCATION: Jogiwara Rd, opposite Gaden Choeling Nunnery PHONE: 9736184741, 9882228502 EMAIL:

WEB: LOCATION: Kotwali Bazaar PHONE: 1892-221478 EMAIL:

Form Gallery

LOCATION: Jogiwara Rd. near Oasis Cafe PHONE: 8894-060602 HOURS: Daily, 12:00pm-6:00pm



Ambulance: 01892-102, 222189

* Times and prices may vary. Please check with the bus stand ahead of departure.

Kangra Airport: 01892-232374, 232324 Bhagsu Taxi Union: 01892-221034

Leaving from the McLeod Ganj bus stand, unless otherwise stated: Delhi: Ordinary Bus: 4:45am, 6pm, 6:45pm, 8:15pm and 8:30pm (Rs330) Semi Deluxe Bus: 6pm (Rs355) AC Volvo Semi-Sleeper: 8pm (Rs1035) AC TATA: 8:30pm (Rs840)

Tourism Office: 01892-23107 Rail Booking & Enquiry: 01892-265026 Police Superintendent: 01892-222244

Amritsar: Ordinary Bus: 4:45am (Rs165) *from Dharamsala

Police Contact Information Location: Past St.John’s Church on the road to Dharamshala in Cantt. area. Phone: 221 483

Dehradun: Ordinary Bus: 9pm; AC Deluxe: 5:30pm Manali: Ordinary Bus: 5:40pm, 8:40pm *from Dharamsala Pathankot: Ordinary Bus: 11am, 12:10pm, 12:30pm, 2:10pm, 3:50pm, 5pm(Rs75)

Shimla: Ordinary Bus: 5am, 5:30am, 6am, 8am, noon and 4:55pm (Rs235) *from Dharamsala Semi-Deluxe Bus: 8:22am, 7:45pm and 9:30pm (Rs???) *from Dharamsala FOR BOOKINGS: Location: Ticket stand under McLLo’s, main square Hours: 10am-6pm, daily Phone: 221750 For deluxe buses, book through any travel agency.

TAXIS A private taxi to Lower Dharamsala will cost you Rs 200. Cram into a jeep (from the bus stand), and it’ll only cost you Rs10. Contact Magazine

LOCATION: Main Road Sidhbari Dharamsala PHONE: 9816043708

Tibet Museum

WEB: LOCATION: Sidhpur HOURS: Wed & Sat: 2:30pm PHONE: 981-631-5336

Naam Art Gallery


Tibetan Delek Hospital Location: Gangchen Kyishong, between McLeod Ganj and Lower Dharamshala Hours: Outpatient services: 9am-1pm, Mon-Sat; Specialist clinics: 2-4:30pm, Mon-Sat; Emergencies: 24-hrs, daily. phone: 222 053,223 381 Post Office The McLeod Ganj Post Office is located on Jogiwara Rd, past Peace Cafe Hours: 9:30am-1pm and 2-5pm, Mon-Fri; 9:30am-noon, Sat. Phone: 221 924 Parcels and money orders can be sent in the mornings only.


activities & services LANGUAGES Tibetan Language Class

LOCATION: Lha Office, Temple Rd HOURS: Registration from 9-11am, Mon-Fri PHONE: 220 992 See ad on pg 3.

Hindi Classes

LOCATION: Ketan Lodge, Jogiwara Rd, beside the Korean Restaurant PHONE: 981-649-4732

Hindi Lessons with Sunil

LOCATION: Kunga Guesthouse, Bhagsu Rd and in Dharamkot PHONE: 01892-21942, 941-818-7281 EMAIL:

Tibetan Language

LOCATION: The Tibetan Library See Buddhist Philosophy Listing

Hindi Lessons with Kailash

LOCATION: At Bhimsen’s Indian Cooking Class PHONE: 01892-20063, 941-816-1947 HOURS: Daily, 4:00-6:00pm

Tibetan with Pema Youdon

LOCATION: Jogiwara Rd, opposite the post office HOURS: 1:00-4:00pm, or leave a message.

Esukhia Online Tibetan Courses and Tibetan Immersion Spoken

Location: Esukhia Office,Tilak Ray Building, Bhagsu Road, Dharamsala Web: Phone: 8679502538 E- mail-



LOCATION: Between McLeod Ganj and Lower Dharamshala PHONE: 01892-22618 / 223113 EMAIL:

Primary Health Centre

LOCATION: In front of Main Temple, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala HOURS: 9:30am-6:30pm, Closed Monday PHONE: 01892-21106, 981-602-1106 EMAIL:

Dr. Kumar Ayurvedic and Panchkarma WEB: LOCATION: Hotel Surya Rd., opposite the the Club House HOURS: 9:00am-2:00pm & 2:30-7:00pm; Emergencies: 24 hrs daily PHONE: 8894492837 EMAIL:

Maanav Health Clinic

LOCATION: Main Square HOURS: 10:00am-12:30pm and 2:00-5:00pm PHONE: 941-815-5795 EMAIL:

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LOCATION: Bhagsu Rd, near the Green Shop HOURS: 8:00am-9:00pm PHONE: 981-646-8719

Nisha’s Indian Cooking Class

LOCATION: Jogiwara Rd, main market HOURS: 9:30am-4pm, Mon-Sat

LOCATION: Hotel Lotus Leaf, Jogiwara Rd HOURS: 4:00-6:00pm EMAIL:

Nature Cure Health Club

Sangye’s Kitchen Traditional Tibetan Cooking Classes

LOCATION: Jogiwara Rd, next to Tibetan Ashoka Guest House-Map #10 HOURS: 9:30am-6:30pm PHONE: : 941-813-0119 EMAIL:

Tibetan Delek Hospital

LOCATION: Gangchen Kyishong, between McLeod Ganj and Lower Dharamsala PHONE: 01892-22053 / 223381 HOURS: Outpatient services, Mon-Sat: 9:00am-1:00pm; Specialist clinics, Mon-Sat: 2:00-4:30pm; Emergencies: 24 hrs daily

Ayuskam Health Care

WEB: LOCATION: First floor Hotel Anand Place, near Bhagsu taxi stand and near Tibetan Hotel Ashoka Guest House McLeod Ganj PHONE: 980-592-8923, 973-621-1210

YOGA & REIKI Om Yoga, Meditation & Reiki Centre LOCATION: Ketan Lodge, behind Akash Hotel, on Jogiwara Rd - Map #11 HOURS: 8:00am-6:00pm PHONE: 980-569-3514

Rishi Yoga & Meditation Center Dr. Sant Marwah Clinic

Lhamo’s Kitchen, Tibetan Cooking Classes

WEB: LOCATION: Jogiwara Rd, opposite Gaden Choeling Nunnery PHONE: 9736184741, 9882228502 EMAIL:

LOCATION: Lung-ta Restaurant, below the Tashi Choeling Monastery on Jogiwara Rd HOURS:10:00am-12:00pm & 4:00-6:00pm PHONE: 981-616-4540 EMAIL:

Mr. Rita Kapoor’s Indian Cooking, Knitting & Momos LOCATION: Old German Bakery, 1st Floor, Room No. 2, Opp. Buddha Hall, Bhagsunag PHONE: 94592 06586

MASSAGE Lha Healing Oil Massage Courses & Treatment LOCATION: Lha Office, Temple Rd PHONE: 01892-20992 HOURS: Registration, 9:00am-11:00am

Om Yoga Center

WEB: LOCATION: Ketan Lodge, Jogiwara Rd. HOURS: Daily, 8:00-9:30pm & 4:00-5:30PM PHONE: 980-569-3514 EMAIL:

Nature Cure Health Club

Shiatsu massage LOCATION: Near Tibetan Ashoka,Jogiwara Rd PHONE: 941-813-0119 EMAIL:

Shiatsu & Swedish Massage LOCATION: Lha Office, Temple Rd PHONE: 01892-20992

COOKING Synergy Ayuredic Massage Center Lha Tibetan Cooking School

LOCATION: Near Tibetan Ashoka, Jogiwara Rd PHONE: 941 80 8488 EMAIL:

Indian Cooking Classes

Traditional Thai Massage

LOCATION: Lha Office, Temple Rd HOURS: Registration, 9:00-11:00am PHONE: 01892-20992

LOCATION:Jogiwara Rd, next to Tibetan Ashoka Guesthouse HOURS: 10:00am-6:00pm PHONE: 941-813-0119 EMAIL:


LOCATION: Opposite the Govt. Tourist Information Centre, Hotel Surya Rd PHONE: 981-633-9199 EMAIL:



& advertisements Visitor Services Offered at Lha TIBETAN LANGUAGE CLASS

Learn more about the Tibetan people and explore the unique Tibetan culture including Buddhism by learning the Tibetan language! Learn reading, writing, speaking, and grammar. Beginner and intermediateclass levels with qualified teachers for interested individuals and small groups.


Learn a variety of traditional and modern vegetarian Tibetan foods including momo, thukpa and Tibetan bread from qualified teachers. Learn to prepare and then taste the delicious and yummy Tibetan foods for individual or small groups.


Learn the basic traditional Tibetan form of painting including drawing and how to use colour. For interested individuals and small groups with a professional and qualified artist.


Lha arranges short or long term home-stays with refugee families giving visitors the chance to experience the Tibetan life style. Home-stays provide a valuable opportunity for visitors and locals to connect and learn about each other’s cultures.


For people arriving in India, we offer two services to help smooth your arrival in Delhi, and your onward travel to Dharamsala, and also to orientate you to the Tibetan community here. Avoid the scams at Delhi Airport! These services are highly recommended for people who have never travelled in India or a developing country, or who just want a stress-free arrival, especially if you are arriving late at night or early in the morning. The services can be purchased, together or separately, online in advance of your travel to India, and there is a discount for people travelling together. Contact: Lha Office on Temple Road, opposite State Bank of India. Phone: 01892-220992 Email:

Shivani Clinic and Panchakarma Centre

Bhagsunag - map # 22 Empower Yourself Ayurvedic consultations for acute and chronic diseases with ayurvedic therapies, herbs and panchakarma, with world renowned doctors working in collabration with naturopaths in Europe and America. Treatments starting from one hour to three weeks, depending on your problems.

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Come see us at Tourist Guest House British colonial mansion turned into beautiful guest house that tourists have been flocking to for a taste of the Raj life style. We have Internet connection at Rs 1/min.

Where nature flourishes and tranquility prevails

Preserving Tibetan Culture

Comfortable stay with home cooked meals. Dorm bed Rs 125, Single/dble w. bath Rs 175-350. Walking distance from train and bus. Private parking. Recommended in travel guide ‘Lets Go-2000’.


Contact Harindar at : 0183-2553830 / 09356003219 E-mail :


Interested in a Tibetan Homestay?


Lha Charitable Trust can arrange homestays of one month with a Tibetan refugee family. By sharing day-to-day life with a Tibetan family, you will have an opportunity to experience Tibetan culture in an intensive way. Spend your time in Dharamsala learning the language, cooking Tibetan meals, sharing rituals with a family, and making friends and memories that will last a lifetime. Homestays include accomodation, breakfast, and dinner.

Guided Tour, Round Trip Sharing Ride Minimum Four People Required Rs. 200 per person from McLeod Ganj Tickets Available at Chonor Guest House Contact: Chonor Reception #01892-221 468/01892-221006 Trisong Dorjee #9816523556 Website:


Pure Korean Food Available For both Veg & Non Veg We serve special Kimbab (Sushi) For every day veg, tuna, avocado, And many other naturally Korean foods Kimchi, Bulgogi, Very Clean & Delicious!!! Also good Music Classics, Jazz, Pop, Korean & we have nice fireplace

If you’re interested in a Tibetan Homestay, contact Lha at, or stop by the Lha office on Temple Road in McLeod Ganj.

Learn Hindi

with Experienced Teacher, Surinder Kumar Individual or Group Classes, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday. Located in Hotel Himalayan Paradise - Map #10 Phone: 9882228502 Email:,

Dr.YourMobile Shop Communication Partner

Open 10:00am ~ Closed 10:00pm Located on Jogiwara Road-Map #12 Mobile: 98055 83234 Near the Japanese Restaurant Contact Magazine

Mobile Sales, Mobile Repair, Sim Cards, Purchase and Recharge Phone Service

Black Magic Building (underground), Jogiwara Road, Map # 9 McLeod Ganj Phone: 9857011101 17



Dream Holidays Travels and Tours Ground Floor of Asian Plaza Hotel, Main Square / Bus Stand, McLeod Ganj - Map #18 (3rd office inside Mall)

“let us be your dream holiday”

+Worldwide Air Travel Arrangements - Lowest Fares Guaranteed +Discounted domestic air tickets +AC & Non-AC cars & jeeps for short & long tours, airport & train station transfers +Rail tickets and hotel reservations + Short and long trekking tours phone: 0091 1892-221 469 / 220 790, mobile: 981 608 7878 / 941 809 7149 email:, web:

Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen Main market, just opposite of prayer wheels on the second floor. Jogiwara Road, McLeod - Map #6 Contact: 9816124833 Come for fine Italian food, amazing views from the roof top terrace garden, live music, stylish decor & yummy desserts!

Common Grounds Cafe is a nonprofit venture of Common Grounds Project, an NGO with a mission to establish and promote innovative forums to achieve common grounds of shared understanding between Chinese and Tibetan people. We also host weekly programs including screenings, discussions, & workshops.


“Your Health is our Happiness” • • • • • •

Enjoy traditional Taiwanese and Chinese food and peaceful environment, just one minute from the Bus Stand, just behind Asian Plaza! (Map #3)



Healthy hygiene, No MSG Everything washed with sterilized water RESTAURANT & BEANS CAFE Homemade muesli & homemade curd BEST AUTHENTIC TIBETAN CUISINE IN TOWN Large variety of fresh juices SPECIALIZING IN THAI, BHUTANESE, & CHINESE Wood-fired pizza oven & clay Tandoori oven WE ALSO SERVE FRESH BEAN COFFEE Relaxed atmosphere including roof top tables Healthy Hygienic - Only A.C. Restaurant in town & Japanese-style seating area Homemade Noodles - Internet surfing • Live music every Sunday Party Bookings Available

Located on Jogiwara Road, across from the Tibetan Reception Center (down from Post Office) - Map #8

Open 11:00 am to 9:30 pm. Located at the Main Square Contact: 01892-221980, Mobile: 98058 75626 - Map #5


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“The most suitable place for foreigners, holidaymakers, honeymooners, trekkers, and those who wish to commune with nature!”

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On hotel Surya Road, Mcleodganj - Map # 21

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1. Lha Headquarters Jigme Computers 2. Glorious Arts 3. Common Ground Cafe 4. Kunga Guest House & Nick’s Italian Kitchen 5. Tibetan Kitchen 6. Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen 7. Nature Cure Health Club 8. Carpe Diem Restaurant 9. Dr. Mobile Woeser Cafe 10. Rishi Yoga & Meditation Center Learn Hindi with Surinder Kumar

11. Hotel Ladies’ Venture 12. Seven Hills of Dokibe 13. 8 Auspicious Him View Hotel 14. Namgyal Cafe 15. Hotel Nataraj 16. Pema Thang Guest House 17. Chonor House 18. Dream Holidays Travel 19. Crepe Pancake Hut 20. Ahimsa House & Lha Soup Kitchen 21. Kundalini 22. Shivani Clinic

Nature Cure Health Club

Rishi Yoga

with Mahinder Kapoor

& Meditation Center

Jogiwara Rd, next to Tibetan Ashoka Guest House - Map # 7 Mobile: 94181 30119 or 09736333888 Email:

Private and Group Classes Traditional Indian Ayurvedic healing and Reiki healing - Map #10

12 years’ experience & recommended by the Lonely Planet

Courses: 3, 5, 11 days with Indian Himalayan teacher Nitin Gill Located: Hotel Himalayan Paradise, opposite of nunnery Phone: 9736184741 & 9882228502 Email: Web:

Visit us for: Swedish massage courses & treatment, Zen Shiatsu courses, treatment, reflexology treatment, SPA, Singing Bowl Treatment, steambaths, sauna & mud baths. Our teacher has had experience teaching in Israel.

Cake, Coffee and Chai and Much Much More! 7.30am to 7pm Below Black Magic on Jogiwara Road - Map # 9


Located below Ghu Chum Movement at Jogiwara Road (Map #13). We have 8 beautiful, well-decorated rooms with good-luck symbols in each.

Mobile: 9857055048

JIGME COMPUTERS Laptop Repair and Spares

We deal in sales and service of all computers and laptops. Laptop accessories available, we also sell used laptops in best condition and buy back your used and damaged laptop.

Contact us for best service: Phone: 9882231309 Temple road, underneath Lha - map # 1

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All rooms have a balcony facing the Himalayan Range. Enjoy the sunrise from your bed! Our restaurant serves Vegetarian Tibetan and Continental dishes. We also have a coffee and juice bar featuring homemade cakes.

Phone: 01892 220567 Cell: 9418236603 Email: FEBRUARY 2013



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(see below) in Kyangtsa. Both boys succumbed to their burns. The families are hoping to carry out their final rites without any interference from the Chinese authorities. Sonam Dhargey’s parents are Tsering Dhondup and Takho. Both boys attended the local primary school in Kyangtsa. Feb 19: Rinchen, 17, also set himself on fire in Kyangtsa, protesting China’s continued occupation and repressive policies in Tibet. His family is in possession of his body. He worked at Qinghai, but at Rinchen the time of selfimmolation was on his Losar holiday, visiting his family in Kyangtsa. Feb 17: Namlha Tsering, 49, set himself on fire in the in Sangchu region of


Labrang in eastern Tibet protesting China’s continued occupation of Tibet. His current condition is not known. Chinese Namlha Tsering security personnel arrived at the scene of the protest, doused the flames and bundled him away.

self-immolate in Tibet since 2009. He set himself on fire near the police station in Zoege in the Ngaba region of eastern Tibet, protesting China’s occupation of Tibet. Following the security clampdown, news only reached the exile community on Feb 13. He passed away at the scene of his protest.

Feb 13: Drupchen Tsering (Druptse), 25, a Tibetan monk, originally a native of Serta, set himself on fire Feb 13: Drugpa Khar, 26, a Tibetan near the holy stupa of Boudhanath in father of three set himself on fire in Kathmandu. He recently escaped from Amchok town in Sangchu region of Tibet where he had been in prison. He is Kanlho, in eastern Tibet. He reportedly survived by his mother Tselha and father succumbed to his injuries. Drugpa Khar Sangnag Tenzin, a reincarnated lama. is survived by his parents Tamding The Nepalese Tsering and Tamding Tso. His youngest authorities have child is one year old and the eldest is n o t r e l e a s e d aged six. his body and have increased Feb 3: Lobsang Namgyal, 37, a restrictions in Tibetan monk of the Kirti Monastery Tibetan areas in Drupchen Tsering has become the 100th known Tibetan to the city.

Crepe Pancake Hut


Chonor House (map #17) is centrally located overlooking His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s temple. We have eleven uniquely decorated and well-appointed rooms with room service and housekeeping. Internet is available in our Cyber Yak. Our chefs create a wide range of Tibetan and International specialties which can be enjoyed in our beautiful restaurant, our peaceful gardens, or on your own private balcony. Visit our bakery for freshly-made cakes and cookies to enjoy here or to take away. For that special gift to take home, visit our shops, Chonor Designs and Norling Designs (on Temple Road) and choose from our exclusive range of jewellery, clothing, and handicraft items. Phone: 221815 Talented artisans from Norbulingka Institute create all of our designs. Phone: +91(0)1 892 221 006/221 077 Fax: +91 (0) 1892 221648 Email: - or - Website:


Spacious rooms with views

over the valley, and... Visit our Café for organic flour-made pancakes with fresh fruit sauce, a variety of fillings & Green and Home baked cakes, quiches, Grain salads


Come to enjoy our homemade Pineapple beer & Ginger beer Jogiwara Road, opposite Mountview Guesthouse (Map #19) Mobile: 9418607037

pies, pastas, cheese, & Italian favourites served on our massive terrace. We also have on sale the

Rigpa Tibetan Calendar Bhagsu Road - Map #4 Phone: 221 180

Pema Thang Guest House Namgyal and Restaurant


Charming, comfortable, and scrupulously clean Minutes from Main Temple and Market, tucked on a quiet street with magnificent view of the Kangra Valley.

Rooms feature kitchenette. New addition: Yoga Hall Traditional Tibetan Musical Evening with Buffet Dinner on request Adjoining Restaurant offers delicious local and continental fare described by Wikitravel as “lip-smackingly yummy.”

The famous and popular Namgyal Cafe has merged with Om Hotel right off the main square - Map #14

Hotel Bhagsu Road, McLeod Ganj: Map #16 Phone: 221871/221001

Open every day from 7:30 am to 9:30 pm

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Extensive vegetarian menu Terrace dining with beautiful view Best pizza in McLeod Ganj Good music and friendly staff

Mobile: 9736536552, 9816150562



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