Shelkar Lingpa

Shelkar Lingpa is among the foremost Tibetan poets and scholars. He was also a senior secretary to the 13th Dalai Lama. Shelkar Lingpa on TibetWrites Poetry [1] I miss Lhasa where / The undulating valleys and wide open plains / Are bedecked with a garland of green meadows and trees, 2 July 2013 Written in …

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Samten G. Karmay

Samten G. Karmay is one of Tibet’s foremost scholars. Karmay was born in Amdo Province and attended a local Bonpo monastery from ages eight to fourteen. He then followed a three-year course of Dzogchen meditation at Kyangthang Monastery. At twenty he obtained the Geshe degree and took further studies at Drepung. In 1959 Samten and …

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Palden Gyal

Palden Gyal, a Tibetan journalist and poet, left Tibet in 1988. Palden studied in London and was a research analyst at Tibet Information Network. At the same time, he assisted in editing the Great Tibetan-English Dictionary Project at the SOAS, University of London. He now lives in Washington D.C. where he is a senior editor …

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Norbu Zangpo

Norbu Zangpo on TibetWrites Poetry [4] I bare my breast to you Because you have ceased 26 December 2007 Oh, you brave people I greet you in exile! 26 December 2007 Now that our plough is broken What shall we turn it into 26 December 2007 There is no time to waste on you You’re …

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Namgyal Phuntsok Tsawa

Namgyal Phuntsok Tsawa, poet and writer, was born in December 1978 at Bodhgaya in Bihar. He graduated from Punjab University, India, and was editor of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress’ annual magazine. His first book of poems, The Call, was published in 2003, and his second book, The Silent Observer, in 2004. He lives in …

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Lukar Jam

Lukar Jam is a freelance writer, specializing in Chinese and Tibetan issues. He was born in 1972, in Tsolho Dragkartri district, in Amdo, Tibet. A former Chinese political prisoner, and a Tibetan refugee and political activist, Lukar Jam went on to become President of the non-profit Gu-Chu-Sum, dedicated to the welfare of Tibetan political prisoners. …

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Losang C. Rabgey

Losang C. Rabgey is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, England, where she specializes in gender anthropology and the Tibetan diaspora. Her fieldwork has focused on oral life histories of Tibetan women in India and the West. After her parents fled Tibet in 1959, Losang was born …

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Londen Phuntsok

Londen Phuntsok is a poet, blogger, bohemian, and author of the book The Gossamer of Love, a collections of poems and free verse. A third-generation Tibetan living in India, Londen apart from writing and reading literary fiction and poems, loves hiking, travelling, cycling, taking pictures of tawny sunsets, and swimming. He believes in stronger footing …

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Lhagyal Tsering

Lhagyal Tsering on TibetWrites Poetry [1] When a girl of fifteen is not sent to school but is given over to the milk cows; When a charming, slender girl does not marry but is used by a swindler; 26 December 2007

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Khar Chen

Khar Chen is a young Tibetan writer, author, translator, blogger, poet and commentator. He was born in Tibet, and escaped from Tibet in 1999. He studied in the Tibetan Children’s Village in India, and graduated from United World College in Norway in May 2009. He is currently doing his major in financial economics at Methodist …

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Ketho

Ketho was born in eastern Tibet. In exile he lives in Dharamshala, India, and is the executive of Tibetan Writers Abroad PEN Centre. at PEN-International.org – in Tibetan Katho on TibetWrites Poetry [1] Once I had a home / A paradise called Sun City Lhasa / Once I knew a peaceful moon and blue sky …

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Kathup Tsering

Translator, painter, poet, and writer, Kathup Tsering was born in Tsoe, a small town in Amdo, Tibet, and went to a local school there. In 1994 Kathup escaped from Tibet, and in exile, studied at TCV School. He writes in Tibetan, Chinese, and English. Currently Kathup works with Tibetan Writers Abroad PEN Centre. Kathup Tsering’s …

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Kalsang Tsomo

Kalsang Tsomo on TibetWrites Poetry [1] May your life be firmer than the rock, / May your life be longer than the longest river, 26 December 2007

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K. Dhondup

K. Dhondup (1952-1995) was born in Rubin Gang in Tibet. He was a restless youth with great zeal. In the 1970s, when there were severe repressions in Tibet by the Communist China, a few Tibetans set up a Tibetan communist party in exile. On 1 May 1979 the Tibetan Communist Party (TCP) came into the …

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Woeser

Woeser is a Tibetan author writing in Chinese. She is currently self-exiled in Beijing after she was deprived of her job, residence, and freedom of movement inside Tibet by Chinese Communist authorities in 2003 for her politically-sensitive writings on the ground realities of Tibet. Her blog is frequently blocked and her books are banned in …

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Tenzing Sonam

Tenzing Sonam, writer/filmmaker, was born in 1959 in Darjeeling, India. After graduating from Delhi University, he worked for a year in the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in Dharamshala. He specialized in documentary filmmaking at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a founder-member of the Bay Area Friends of Tibet. Along …

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Lhasang Tsering

Lhasang Tsering, poet/writer-activist, was born in Tibet and brought into exile at a young age. In 1972, giving up an opportunity to study medicine in the US, he joined the armed Tibetan resistance force, who were then operating from Mustang, Nepal. He was later President of and a founding director of Amnye Machen Institute. Lhasang, …

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Jamyang Norbu

Tibet watchers know him as one of the most incisive and prolific commentators on the political scene, a writer with strong opinions but also the wide reading and intellectual depth to back them up, sometimes fiercely. — International Herald Tribune Jamyang Norbu is the author of The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes which won the Crossword …

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HH the XIV Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the age of two the child, who was named Lhamo Dhondup at that …

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