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Geneva, Switzerland - 14 November 2014

List of official holidays

01.04.2014 - 31.03.2015

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Date Holiday Day(s)
01.05.14 International Labour Day 1
13.06.14 Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment, Parinirvana "2014" (Sa-dha Duchen) 1
06.07.14 Birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama 1
12.07.14 Universal Prayer Day 2014 (Zamling Chisang) 1
01.08.14 Swiss National Day 1
02.09.14 Tibetan Democracy Day 1
11.09.14 Jeune Genevois 1
10.12.14 Coronation of '89 Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama 1
25.12.14 Christmas 1
27-28.12.14 Nine Bad Omens (Ngen-Pa Gu-Zom) 2
01.01.15 New Year 2015 1
19-21.02.15 Tibetan New Year (Losar) 3
05.03.15 Buddha's Great Miracles Day (Chhotrul Duchen) 1
10.03.15 Tibetan National Uprising Day 1



Geneva, Switzerland - 27 October 2014

Dhanglang Chatrel - Leitfaden geändert, Guideline updated

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Geneva, Switzerland - 8 October 2014

New Representative of H. H. the Dalai Lama at The Tibet Bureau, Geneva

Ngodup Dorjee took up the position of Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Central and Eastern Europe on 01 October 2014.

Prior to taking up this position, he was the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the EU, Western Europe & the Maghreb from June 2012-September 2014 in Brussels.

He joined the service of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in 1982 on the position of Secretary at Tibetan Refugee Service Co-operative Society in Ladakh (Northern India) after completing his education. He rose through ranks and held various positions in Central Tibetan Administrations before taking up the position of Secretary of the Department of Home.

Much of Ngodup’s career was centered on rural development and public administration.

Ngodup worked as Director of the Agriculture Division of Department of Home, CTA prior to heading the same department.

He was awarded CTA staff distinguished certificate for his exemplary service.

He was born in 1956 in Ngari, Western Tibet. He is married with two sons and two daughters.



Dharamsala, India - 3 October 2014

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and CTA saddened by passing away of Ama Wäger

(Ama Wäger and His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Salzburg, Austria, May 2012 - Photo: Manuel Bauer)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration expressed deep sadness at the demise of Ms Imtraut Wäger of Germany, who dedicated her life for the education and welfare of Tibetans in exile. She passed away in Munich on Oct 2 at the age of 95.

In a letter to the family of the Wäger Family in Munich, Germany, His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his sadness at the passing away of Ama Wäger and offered his condolences to members of her family, friends and colleagues.

His Holiness wrote that in her passing away, Tibetans have lost a friend who, until her last breath, kept the wellbeing of needy Tibetans close to her heart.

He also said that among the many who have provided generous assistance to Tibetans, both young and old, in exile, Ama Wäger was perhaps unique. Not only was she generous herself, also directing the support of many other individuals in Germany to where it was most needed, but she personally visited those she helped in different Tibetan settlements and schools in India and Nepal.

His Holiness concluded by saying that he will remember Ama in his prayers.

In his condolence message, Tibetan political leader Dr. Lobsang Sangay said: “The Central Tibetan Administration is deeply saddened by the passing away of Ms Imtraut Wäger, who is fondly known by Tibetans as Ama Wäger.”

“With her demise, Tibetans lost a true friend who had worked tirelessly throughout her life for the education of the poor and needy Tibetan children and assisted in welfare projects in India and Nepal,” Sikyong said.

“Ama Wäger’s humanitarian work has played a pivotal role in the sustenance of the Tibetan community in exile. She was truly a beacon of light that changed many lives for the better. Ama Wäger’s legacies will be remembered by Tibetans in the generations to come. Tibetans will remain forever indebted to her generosity.”

“I send my condolences to members of her family,” Sikyong said.



Dharamsala, India - 2 September 2014

The Statement of the Kashag on the Occasion of the 54th Anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day

Today, as we celebrate the 54th anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day, the Kashag extends its warm greetings to all fellow Tibetans in and outside Tibet. On this joyous occasion, we express our heartfelt gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for granting the Tibetan people the precious gift of democracy.

His Holiness’ vision of democracy has been a transformative experience for Tibetans. It fundamentally changed how we Tibetans in exile live our lives and is an inspiration for those in Tibet who live under repression on a daily basis. This historic change is second in importance in its transformation of Tibet. The first having taken place more than 1,000 years ago when Buddhism was introduced to Tibet from India. Buddhism became rooted in Tibet from the 7th to the 11th century thus deeply influencing Tibetan worldview and the social order of the time. Monasteries established during that period made Tibet a centre of learning for High Asia and beyond, as well as a wellspring for Tibetan Buddhist civilization.

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Speech by Speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile on 54th Democracy Day

Today marks the completion of 54 years since the establishment of democracy in the Tibetan community in exile. On this momentous occasion, I, on behalf of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile as well as the entire people of Tibet in and outside their homeland, and with unwavering devotion and hope demonstrated in great bodily, speech and mind reverence through countless prostrations to the deities, offer my greetings, keeping in the very centre of my heart the insuperable cause for gratitude borne of compassion we have been blessed to receive from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the Chenrezig in human bodily form, the divinely entrusted protector deity of Tibet, the spiritual lord of the Three Realms, a champion of world peace, the master across the world of the entire corpus of the teachings of the Buddha, the refuge and great leader of all Tibetans, the guide to them on the dos and don’ts in the ways of the world, the symbolic representation and the emblem of the unity of the Tibetan people, and the free spokesperson of the entire people of Tibet.

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Hamburg, Germany - 22 August 2014

Media Release

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives in Germany for a six days visit

22 August, Hamburg - His Holiness the Dalai Lama just arrived in Hamburg for a six days visit at the invitation of Tibetan Centre, Hamburg. Members of the Tibetan Community in Germany welcomed His Holiness on arrival at the hotel. His Holiness is the patron of the Tibetan Centre. This is his fifth visit to Hamburg and 38th visit to Germany.

The first public program will be an address by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 23 August on secular ethics - Human life values. Tickets for this event completely sold out two months ago. The total capacity of the hall is 7,000 seats

From 24 to 25 August, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will teach on two famous Tibetan Buddhist texts – the 8th century Indian Master Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life and the great 13th century Tibetan Master Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo’s 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give an Avalokiteshvara (the Bodhisattva of Compassion - Jigten Wangchuk) Initiation on 26 August morning. Over 5,000 people will attend the two and half days teaching. All the talks and teachings will take place at Congress Centre, Hamburg.

Due to great media interest on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit, there will be a Meet the Press session on 23 August at noon.

At the invitation of the Hamburg Museum of Ethnology, Society for Threatened Peoples and Tibet Initiative Deutschland, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit the exhibition Tibet - Destruction of an ancient civilization on 25 August. The exhibition at Museum of Ethnology, Hamburg displays the life of Tibetan nomads, which is under great threat.

During the lunch break on 25 August, His Holiness will address members of Religion and Dialogue in Modern Societies from the Academy of World Religions of University of Hamburg.

On 26 August afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will address the 35th and 25th Anniversaries respectively of the Tibetan Community in Germany and the Tibet Initiative Deutschland’s celebrations in Hamburg.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will address participants in the Finding Common Ground - Sino-Tibetan Conference in Hamburg before departing for India on 27 August morning. The conference will be attended by scholars, officials, activists, writers, Sinologists from Europe, US, Asia and Australia.



19. August 2014

Erklärung zu den Demonstrationen gegen Seine Heiligkeit den Dalai Lama

Wir, die Unterzeichner, sind als ehemalige Mitglieder der Neuen Kadampa Tradition (NKT) und ehemalige Praktizierende von Dorje Shugden erschüttert und traurig darüber, dass diejenigen, die einmal unser ehemaliger NKT-Sangha waren, gegen Seine Heiligkeit den Dalai Lama demonstrieren und ihn diffamieren.

Fehlerhafte Darstellungen und Verfälschungen der Wahrheit, die wir ja kennen, wurden veröffentlicht, als wären es Tatsachen. Die Neue Kadampa Tradition tritt derzeit als ‚Internationale Shugden Gemeinschaft’ (International Shugden Community, ISC) auf. Sie erhebt viele Anschuldigungen und Verleumdungen gegen Seine Heiligkeit, die völlig ungerechtfertigt sind.

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Hamburg, Germany - 21 August 2014

Hintergrundpapier zu den Demonstrationen der “Shugden-Anhänger“

Seit Jahren schwelt ein Konflikt zwischen dem Dalai Lama und Buddhisten, die einer fundamentalistisch ausgerichteten Gruppierung des tibetischen Buddhismus angehören. In 2014 gab es in den USA und Europa, unter anderem beim Dalai Lama Besuch in Frankfurt im Mai, Demonstrationen gegen den Dalai Lama.

Der Dalai Lama hat in den 90er Jahren seine Schülerinnen und Schüler aufgefordert, das Praktizieren des „Dorje Shugden-Kultes“ zu unterlassen, also die Verehrung eines Schutzgeistes, den es nur im tibetischen Buddhismus gibt. Für diese Aufforderung nennt der Dalai Lama mehrere Gründe:

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Background Information on “Shugden Devotees’” Demonstrations

A conflict between the Dalai Lama and a group of Buddhists aligned with a fundamentalist group of Tibetan Buddhists has been smouldering for years. In 2014, demonstrations in opposition to the Dalai Lama took place in the USA and Europe, also during the visit of the Dalai Lama in Frankfurt, Germany in May.

In the 1990s, the Dalai Lama expressly requested his students to discontinue the „Dorje Shugden cult”, which essentially worships a protective spirit that only exists in Tibetan Buddhism. The following reasons provide insight into the Dalai Lama’s request:

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