Representative Sonam Dagpo meets Tibetans, support groups in Adelaide

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s representative for Australia, New Zealand and South Asia paid a two-day visit to meet Tibetans and Tibet support groups based in the southern Australian city of Adelaide on 18 – 19 December
CANBERRA: Representative Mr Sonam Norbu Dagpo has called on Tibetans to take greater responsibility on the fundamental issues of Tibet, particularly in giving proper guidance and teaching traditional culture, language and religion to the younger generation.

During his meeting with the Tibetan community and members of Tibet Support Groups at Khensur Kagyur Rinpoche’s Tibetan Buddhist institute in Adelaide on 18 December, Mr Dagpo spoke on the importance for the Tibetan people to pay their voluntary contribution (Tib: Chatrel) on time.

He underlined the importance of exercising right to vote during the upcoming elections of Kalon Tripa and Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile on 20 March 2011.

Mr Dagpo briefed the gathering on a wide-range of important issues, including efforts to resolve the issue of Tibet through the middle-way policy, the status of dialogue process between the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the PRC leadership, human rights situation inside Tibet and the forthcoming democratic elections in the exile Tibetan community.

He also answered questions raised during the meeting, which include the recent issue of Tibetan people’s peaceful protest against the Chinese government’s wrong policy on Tibetan language and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s statement on taking retirement.

He conveyed gratitude to the Tibet Support Groups and appealed for their continuous support on the issue of Tibet.

Earlier at noon, he met two executive members of the Tibetan Association and the president of an organisation of East Turkestan at a luncheon reception, and discuss with them ways to preserve culture and further activities.
On 19 December, Representative Sonam N Dagpo paid a visit to Tibetan Buddhist Institute in Adelaide and met with Khensur Kagyur Rinpoche.