Tibetan Refugees in India

click on a name to learn more about each refugee
 Ven. Kalsang Losel NEW  Ven. Lobsang Tenzin
 Ven. Lobsang Tsewang NEW Ven. Tsultrim Tenzin
 Ven. Lobsang Chonjor NEW  Ven. Thubten Namgyal

Links to more information on the refugees and the monastary 

Important Facts About Tibetan Refugees

In 1949, the Peoples Liberation Army of Communist China invaded Tibet.  For a period of ten years,the political and spiritual  leader of this sovereign nation, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, tried to negotiate a peaceful settlement with the Chinese, but to no avail.  On March 10, 1959, His Holiness was forced to leave his native land.  He fled to India where he has since established a Tibetan Goverment in Exile.

Following the footsteps of His Holiness, were more than 80,000 refugees.  During the past 40 years, thousands of Tibetans have continued to flee their homeland and settle in various places throughout the world.  The country of India has generously provided Tibetans with refugee status and in the 1960s provided them some land to live on.  Meanwhile, the Communist Chinese goverment continuesto destroy the country, the culture, and the environment of Tibet. Most fearsome is the fact that the government is displacing the population so that now the Chinese outnumber Tibetans in many areas of the country. The Chinese have attempted systematically to wipe out the practice of Buddhism. It has destroyed more than 6,000 of Tibet's monasteries and has imprisoned, tortured, and executed thousands of Buddhist monks and nuns.  All told, more than 1.2 million Tibetans have died at the hands of the Chinese since the initial invasion.

At great risk to their lives, Tibetans continue to leave Tibet.  Parents send their children to the monasteries in India in hopes that they will receive an education there and be instructed in the Buddha Dharma.

How can you help these refugees?  You can choose to sponsor a Tibetan refugee by sending him or her $20 amonth.  This small amount of money will provide them with their basic needs and education.  The pictures linked to this page are of refugees that our monks at the Tibetan Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana have a special connection with.  Please read about them.  Information about where to send your check accompanies each bio.

Learn more about the Gomang Monastary and the Refugees.