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The Dalai Lama: What He Means for Tibetans Today

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China announces a roundtable discussion hosted by Senator Sherrod Brown.

July 13, 2011 9:30am to 11:00am

The 76-year-old Dalai Lama remains a figure of central importance to Tibetans as well as the Chinese government and Communist Party. Tibetans in China continue to evoke his name in their grievances over official threats to Tibetan culture, language, and religion, and to call for the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet. At the same time, the government and Party continue their campaign to discredit the Dalai Lama and to control the selection of his successor. Negotiations between the two sides have stalled with the longest break since dialogue resumed in 2002. For his part, the Dalai Lama recently brought to an end the centuries-old role of the Dalai Lama at the head of Tibetan governance. At this critical juncture, this roundtable will examine the Dalai Lama's significance for Tibetans today. What will be the impact of his reduced political role? What role will the Dalai Lama play in the future of Tibetans in China?

This hearing will be webcast live here.


Bhuchung L. Tsering, Vice President, International Campaign for Tibet

Arjia Rinpoche, Director, Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center

David Germano, Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

Ngawang Sangdrol, former Tibetan Buddhist nun and political prisoner

CECC Roundtables are open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.
Phone Number: 
(202) 226-3766