Tsoltim N. Shakabpa

Tsoltim Ngima Shakabpa is the son of Tsepon Wangchuk Deden Shakabpa, the respected former Finance Minister of independent Tibet, and historian, educator, and freedom fighter. Shakabpa was a senior American international banker, chairman and president of an international investment bank in Texas, US.

He suffered a debilitating stroke in December of 1999. Since then, he has become a recognized poet and political activist for Tibetan freedom. So far, he has written eight books of inspiring poems, among them Voice of Tibet, published by Paljor Publications in New Delhi, India, and Being Tibetan, published by Publish America.

Shakabpa is popularly known as “T.N.”, which he says stands for his initials as well as for “Tibetan National”.

Tsoltim N. Shakabpa on TibetWrites

Poetry [10]

  • Ama Jetsun Pema Ama Jetsun Pema-la / You are the ever bright sun / That shines through the stormy weather 11 January 2008
  • The Art of China The Chinese have a way with art / That comes not from the heart 26 December 2007
  • The Beijing Olympics I When in the Beijing Olympics / Win for free speech / Run for human rights 7 June 2008
  • The Beijing Olympics II With the dawning of August 8, 2008 / The vicious lies and hidden traps nest at Beijing’s gate 30 July 2008
  • Happy birthday, Your Holiness For years you have labored for our freedom / To realize our rights and our own kingdom 3 July 2008
  • I Pray I cry, in sorrow, / For those who / Would give up the light 26 December 2007
  • Just You and Me Just you and me and the starlit skies / Linked in silver chains and crowned with glory 8 January 2008
  • Know Ye All Lest no man knows better / Know ye all / That Tibet is a country 26 December 2007
  • Run, Run, The Ones Who Run Run, Run, The Ones Who Run / Run from God’s Earth 8 January 2008
  • The Traitor Ngabo Ngawang Jigme — Smiley! / You were nothing / but a bundle of intrigue / Pregnant with malice / and bent on betrayal 13 January 2010
  • The Vigil With the setting sun / In the twilight of my days / My work completed 7 December 2011

Articles [2]

  • The Case Against Autonomy for Tibet One shiny day, no matter how long it takes, Tibet will be free and independent if only we continue the struggle. 2 January 2008
  • The Role of English in Poetry by Tibetans The English language has an enormous universal role to play in poetry authored by Tibetans, but that role must be entwined with the untainted heart of the Tibetan poet. 28 December 2007

Reviews [1]

  • Winds of Change Review by Jeffrey Bowe of Winds of Change – An Autobiography of a Tibetan, by Tsoltim Ngima Shakabpa. Provides a close and revealing insight into those forces which have crafted this biographical voyage from a carefree and privileged childhood in independent Tibet. November 2005


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