A presentation by Tenzin Tsundue - writer, poet and activist, Wangden Kyab - Research Manager Tibet Watch, and Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren - Executive director of Free Tibet and Tibet Watch
On Wednesday 26th September 2018 we were privileged to host a visit to Aberdeen by two Tibetans, Wangden Kyab and Tenzin Tsundue, from Dharamsala in Northern India on a speaking tour of the UK. They were introduced by the organiser of the tour, Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren, Director of Free Tibet and Tibet Watch, who described the situation in Tibet under Chinese rule.
Wangden Kyab described his work as Tibet Watch Research Team Manager in Dharamsala and how, when he was a student living in India, he had taken up the cause of his compatriots living in Tibet after taking part in the Peace March to Tibet which had been stopped at the Tibetan border. Tenzin Tsundue gave an inspiring and impassioned rendering of poems and essays and spoke of his yearnings for his home country as a refugee living in India. His talk deeply affected all of us who were there to hear him.
Copies of Tenzin’s own book Kora were on sale. This can be viewed together with the writings of other Tibetans in English and Tibetan on www.tibetwrites.in
MEET Scolty Car Park Sunday 24th June at 10.00 a.m. OS Map 43 Stonehaven and Banchory Grid Ref; 684948
Distance 8 miles. Finish estimated at about 4.00p.m.
Approaching Banchory High Street turn left at the traffic lights signed B974 Fettercairn. Drive across the Bridge of
Dee. Turn sharp right soon after the Bridge (signed Scolty Woodland Walks 1 mile) and drive towards Auchattie. At
the junction bear left signed Auchattie and soon after on the right take a wide very rough track (care needed) signed
Scolty Woodland Walks to the car park £2 (coins) will be needed for parking.
For those coming by bus, the bus leaves Union Square at 8.45 a.m. arrives Banchory High Street (Burnett Arms) 9.45am. We will meet the bus and ferry walkers to the Scolty Car Park. There are no toilets on the Walk.
Bring a packed lunch. Details of the route will be given out at the start which will refer to the letters on the map.
However, it will be better to keep together. At the end of the walk please come for tea at Roger's house nearby. Those
with transport can drive there - instructions will be given at the time. We shall ferry others to the house and after tea
ferry back to the bus at 5.35 p.m.
This is Tibet Support Group Grampian's 25th annual sponsored walk which raise funds for Tibetan organisations.
The Walk is an enjoyable occasion on which young and old, regular and occasional walkers, children and dogs
participate. Over the years the Walks have raised nearly £19,000 including £1.000 in some years. The proceeds this
year will be split 50/50 between Free Tibet and the Tibet Society. They are both based in the UK and campaign for the
freedom of Tibetan people, their right to self determination and respect for human rights.
Downloadable route map (Right-click & select Save File)
Sponsorship form: TSGGTibetWalk2018Scolty1stPage.docx
"Akong: A remarkable Life"
The Belmont Cinema, Belmont St, Aberdeen.
This is the first ever documentary film about the inspirational life of Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. Through his powerful message of loving-kindness and compassion and his humanitarian work around the world, Akong Rinpoche has benefited the lives of countless people. This film aims to make his inspirational life story available to future generations.
In 1963, Akong arrived in the UK with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In order to support themselves, Akong initially worked as an orderly at a hospital in Oxford. In 1967, he founded the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West - Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland. Film Website
Tibetan New Year celebratory meal.
Outside Marks & Spencer, St Nicholas St, Aberdeen.
Greetings cards to Tibetan political prisoners will be available for signing by members of the public.
It has been estimated that there are at least 2,000 Tibetan political prisoners but the location of the jails where they are held are very rarely known. This has been the subject of the recent Free Tibet campaign ‘In the Dark’ for the release of seven of these prisoners – ‘In the Dark’ because their place of incarceration is unknown.
Thank you to everyone who signed the greetings cards in Aberdeen City Centre to Tibetan political prisoners which will be sent to the prisons in Tibet where they are being held. In total we collected 259 signatures on cards to five prisoners. It has been estimated that there are 2,000 Tibetan political prisoners and the locations where they are being held are rarely known – they are the ‘disappeared’. The cards we are sending are to the very few prisoners whose whereabouts are known. Our cards will send a message to them and their jailers that we in Aberdeen have not forgotten them. -Roger Eames.
This collection was for Nomadic Survival, and raised £400 thanks to the generosity of the good citizens of Aberdeen. It coincided with the street market in Belmont St.
Much of collection was due to brilliant busking by one of our Group and friends.
South Kincardineshire Coast
Gourdon, Johnshaven, Benholm
Update: The bus timetable has changed and the bus on Sunday 24th leaves Aberdeen at 9.05 instead of 9.15. It arrives 10.09 at Gourdon Road End instead of 10.17.
Sponsorship Form (PDF)
Report and photos here.
A film ‘Akong: A Remarkable Life’ was be shown. The abbot of Samye Ling attended together with other monks and representatives. Akong Tulku was co-founder in 1967 of Samye Ling monastery in the Borders. He also co-founded the charity ROKPA which has many projects in Tibet and Nepal and in Zimbabwe and South Africa. He was murdered in 2013 in Chengdu when taking funds to projects in Tibet.
The Walk was led by Norman, one of our members and author of the book 'Aberdeen: A History and Celebration' and raised £79 from participants for the Tibet Society, Free Tibet and Students for a Free Tibet UK. It is the third year the Walk has been held which is always very entertaining and informative.
Report on our information event here..
Venue: University of Aberdeen, New Kings 1
The Anthropology society together with the Tibet Support Group Grampian hosts a film screening of ‘A Mother’s Son’, directed by Tibetan film maker Nawang N. Anjatsang, made to gain insight on motivations for self immolations in Tibet and what this means for family and friends who lost someone to self immolations.
After the screening Nawan Anjatsang joins for a Skype Q&A!
Baked goods, drinks and Tibetan music for free!
Aberdeen University Anthropology Society
Tibet Support Group Grampian
Tibet Support Group Grampian held three events over the last three months to raise funds for Gu Chu Sum, the organisation in Dharamsala, Northern India for ex political prisoners. The proceeds froma Bahory collection were also added to the donation.
Presented by Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren, Director of Free Tibet and Tibet Watch and Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar, Vice -President of Gu Chu Sum, an organisation in Dharamsala in Northern India for Tibetan ex political prisoners.
The talk was part of a UK wide tour by Namgyal organised by Free Tibet and Tibet Watch. There were over fifty in the audience, mainly students, many of whom stayed back afterwards to talk over tea and coffee and sign up for TSGG. The first part of the Talk was presented by Eleanor who described the work of Free Tibet and Tibet Watch. There followed a video of ex political prisoners describing their horrific experiences of torture in Chinese jails in Tibet. This in turn was followed by a passionate account by Namgyal of the oppression suffered by her compatriots in Tibet under Chinese rule.
This was part of a UK wide tour. Eleanor described the work of Free Tibet, which campaigns on behalf of Tibet, Tibet Watch which collects information about what is really happening in Tibet and Gu Chu Sum. Video Recordings were presented of the horrific torture suffered by political prisoners in Chinese jails in Tibet. This was followed by a passionate account by Namgyal of the oppression suffered by her compatriots living under Chinese rule.
The talk was hosted by TSGG, Aberdeen Political Economy Group, Aberdeen University Politics and International Relations Group, Aberdeen Anthropology Society and Aberdeen University Feminist Group. The talk was attended by some sixty people. Later that evening we heard that Namgyal had just learnt that she had been elected to the Central Tibetan Administration, polling in sixth place, only the first ten are elected.
Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar was born in India, the daughter of a political prisoner who made the journey into exile after enduring over 20 years in a Chinese prison for challenging the invasion of Tibet. She initially went to school at the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala before going on to study at the University Delhi and later at Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University.
As a student, she was active in various campaigns for Tibet and initiated a Walk of Faith for Peace and Freedom in Tibet, which covered the four major Buddhist sites in India and Nepal. After graduating, Namgyal worked as a project coordinator and trainer for the Tibetan Women's Association. She was later elected as the vice-president of Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet, the Tibetan association for former political prisoners. She is also one of the youngest candidates currently standing for election to the Tibetan parliament.
A downloadable PDF event flyer is available.
A conducted tour by one of our members took place on 17th April round the West End of Aberdeen giving a fascinating insight into the history of the buildings, their the builders, architects and occupants. Donations from those taking part raised £95.
Aberdeen University students held a Bake Sale 11th/12th May which raised £70-10p.
A Collection was held in Banchory on 11th June which was also St Ternan’s Day and the day of the River Festival and this raised £210.
The Grand Total, including a generous donation was £575 for Gu Chu Sum
Last autumn Tibet Support Group Grampian organised a ‘mini-walk’ in the City. One of our members, Norman Miller, who is the author of the book “Aberdeen: A History and a Celebration” led this informative walking tour. We covered an area to the south of Holburn Junction, often going along back lanes, with Norman giving us a fascinating insight into the history and architecture of which previously many of us had been quite unaware. The participants were keen to have a further walking tour in the spring, so this has now been organised. The meeting place will again be Holburn Junction, with Norman covering an area to the north of there.
The details are:
Location: The Inner West End: the History as shown in the Architecture
Date: Sunday 17 April
Meeting Point: Holburn Junction
Time: 2.00 pm
Length of walk: Approximately one-and-a-half hours (weather dependent!)
Tea afterwards: (optional) Pret a Manger, a few minutes walk down Union Street from Holburn Junction
Donations: We would welcome any donations. The total proceeds will be split between the Tibet Society and Free Tibet, both of which campaign for fundamental human rights for the Tibetan people.
An exhibition arranged by Tibet Support Group Grampian in collaboration with the ScottishParliament's Cross Party Group on Tibet will be showing at the Students' Union, Johnston Hall, University of Aberdeen, High Street, Old Aberdeen from Monday 18th to Friday 29th January. It will display pictures of the history of Tibet from the earliest times to the present day. The exhibition will also show the involvement in Tibet of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Tibet and Tibet Support Group Grampian.