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Conversations about Tibet with engaging thinkers, leaders, activists and artists

Conversations about Tibet with engaging thinkers, leaders, activists and artists


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Conversations about Tibet with engaging thinkers, leaders, activists and artists






ICT Board Member Ellen Bork with Michael van Walt van Praag

The new book “Tibet Brief 20/20” by Michael van Walt van Praag and Miek Boltjes is a call to action for governments to rethink their stance on Tibet.


The Ambassador’s Dog

Ambassador Scott DeLisi collaborated with ICT member and award-winning American artist Jane Lillian Vance to create a beautiful illustrated book called “The Ambassador’s Dog.”


Tenzin Geyche Tethong

Blessed by the Dalai Lama himself, Tenzin Geyche Tethong’s new biography of His Holiness features previously unpublished photos and unparalleled insights into the Dalai Lama’s leadership, compassion and gentle humor.


The Tibetan Elections of 2021

Tibetans in exile have a borderless democratic governance system. In over 30 countries, they go to the polls every five years to elect the sikyong, their political leader, and the 45 members of their parliament in exile.


Remembering the 1959 Tibetan Uprising

On March 10, 1959, thousands of Tibetans took to the streets of their capital city, Lhasa. Although their uprising was eventually crushed—with the Chinese government killing thousands of Tibetans in the process—they succeeded in keeping their struggle alive, including by helping their leader, the Dalai Lama, escape to safety in neighboring India.


Special Edition: “Tibet in Chains” Book Launch

In the early 1990s, China’s notorious prisons in Tibet held hundreds of political prisoners. Among them was a group of 14 young nuns imprisoned in the dreaded Drapchi Prison.


SPECIAL EPISODE: Tibet support bill passed!

Late into the night of Dec. 21, 2020, the Tibetan Policy and Support Act finally completed its journey to passing the US Congress. Early the next morning, the president and vice president of the International Campaign for Tibet reflected on what the bill means for Tibet and Tibetans, where we go from here and why ICT members are so wonderful.


Geshe Thupten Jinpa

In this moving episode of Tibet Talks, Geshe Thupten Jinpa, a Buddhist scholar and the primary English translator for the Dalai Lama, joins ICT to celebrate the 31st anniversary of His Holiness’ Nobel Peace Prize. The conversation also touches on the reindeer ride His Holiness took on that glorious day in Oslo, Norway in 1989.


Special Edition: Asst. Secretary Robert A. Destro Featuring Tibetan-American Youth

Assistant Secretary Robert A. Destro was appointed the new special coordinator for Tibetan issues in the US State Department on Oct. 14, 2020. In this conversation, Destro joins ICT to speak directly to Tibetan American youth. Three alumni of ICT’s Tibetan Youth Leadership Program take part in the discussion, along with several other young Tibetans.


Ambassador Paula Dobriansky

Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, the former undersecretary of state for global affairs, served as the special coordinator for Tibetan issues during the George W. Bush presidency (2001-09). She played a pivotal role in coordinating US policy on Tibet at the highest levels of government, both in the US and internationally.


Dr. Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist, senior fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley and bestselling author. His books include "Resilient," "Hardwiring Happiness," "Buddha's Brain," "Just One Thing" and "Mother Nurture."


Sharon Salzberg

A first encounter with Buddhism as a college student in 1969 sparked an interest that took Sharon Salzberg on a journey to India for intensive study of meditation. Today, she offers a variety of teachings around the globe and is the author of 11 books, including “Lovingkindness,” a New York Times bestseller.


Dr. Stephan Rechtschaffen

In 1973, Stephan Rechtschaffen was finishing medical school when he traveled to northern India and provided care to Tibetan refugees, especially many elderly monks. Today, almost 50 years later, Rechtschaffen is a dedicated practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, a nationally recognized holistic doctor and the original founder of the Omega Institute and Blue Spirit in Costa Rica. He’s also been a member of ICT for more than two decades, and he wishes people knew more about Tibet.


Adrian Zenz

Just a few days ago, Adrian Zenz published a groundbreaking study revealing a mass coerced labor program that has pushed more than half a million rural Tibetans off their land in only seven months. Since then, several major newspapers have written about his findings, parliamentarians across the globe have demanded urgent action—and the Chinese government has denounced him.


Congressman Andy Levin

Although he’s a first-term member of Congress, Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., is a longtime friend of Tibet. From studying at the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies in India, to visiting Tibet, to interviewing the Dalai Lama, Levin uses his past experience to forge a new path of support for Tibet on Capitol Hill.


Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

During three decades in Congress, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was an outspoken supporter of Tibet and helped lead the effort to award the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. In this discussion for ICT’s Tibet 2020 campaign, Ros-Lehtinen will explain how the advocacy of ordinary Americans has helped the Tibetan people—and can do so again this election year.


Welcome to Tibet Talks

In this episode, we welcome you to Tibet Talks, a new podcast from the International Campaign for Tibet. This episode touches on what many people think of when they hear the word “Tibet”—and what’s actually happening to Tibet’s people, culture and environment, and why that matters to you.