In conjunction with a visit by Namgyal Wangchuk Lhagyari Trichen, crowned King of Tibet by the Dalai Lama, we’re happy to have a display of books and artifacts from Tibet in the library. Major thanks to Stu Remensnyder for sharing his personal collection with us!
Namgyal Wangchuk Trichen Lhagyari is the only recognized descendent of the first Dharma King of Tibet (617-698 AD). Now a college student in the United States, Namgyal carries the unique responsibility of representing Tibet’s unbroken history and heritage. Yet, as a young man, he also represents a new generation of young Tibetans who are caught today between the peaceful traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and a desperate desire to fight for the freedom of their people. These young Tibetans speak about the slow obliteration of their very identity — their livelihoods, their right to choose where they live, their ability to be educated in their languages — and the stark choice they face of either remaining in Tibetan areas under these constraints or seeking to flee to other countries.
Namgyal shared his documentary film, “My County Is Tibet” on Monday, October 13, 7-8:30 p.m. in Gilchrist Auditorium. The film was followed by a discussion of both Namgyal’s personal story and of the work of BYKids, a New York City-based nonprofit pairing master filmmakers with youth from around the world to educate Americans about globally relevant issues. This event is sponsored by the Bussel Family International Lecture Series and the Center for Global Studies.