Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche

A talk by Lobsang Tenpa

Geshe Lobsang Tenpa (right) was born in Kham in 1963, and was a monk in Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche's monastery before fleeing to South India in 1984.

Latterly he travelled back to Kham were he met up again with Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche. He was then arrested and suffered torture at the hands of the Chinese authorities. He was released and escaped in 2001 to India and now lives in America. In November 2004, he visited Aberdeen to present his thoughts on the case to the University.  He was accompanied by translator Tsering Topgyal (left)

His very detailed inside-knowledge of the Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche case is extremely thought-provoking, and tends to confirm Western suspicions of deliberate foul-play by the Chinese regional authorities in the handling of the arrest and trial of the two accused. In particular, his account details the little-known fact that the Chinese Authorities had made several previous, abortive attempts to arrest Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche on other trumped-up charges. There is also little doubt that these attempts were aimed at silencing a Tibetan spokesperson who, with his constant demands for equal rights for Tibetans,  was seen as an extreme nuisance to the Communists.  Further insights point to the fact that his co-accused, Lobsang Dhondup, was also 'framed' for a crime he did not commit, for very similar reasons, and the alarming fact that sixteen other people with knowledge of this case, but no actual involvement, have been arrested in an attempt to prevent the truth being disseminated.  

Download the talk  (5MB MP3, 44 minutes length.)

Following the talk, a question/answer session went-into other thought-provoking areas of this case, and the general treatment of Tibetans in occupied Tibet.

Question/answer session (6MB MP3, 48min Length)

Perhaps the most significant point which came out is the high importance of this case, a case which has involved countless hours of work by Western supporters of the Tibetan cause, and whose outcome will be extremely significant for the future of the Tibetan people, as it will undoubtedly set a precedent  for any such future incidents of false arrest of Tibetans, for political ends.  

Many thanks to Geshe Lobsang Tenpa, his translator Tsering Topgyal, Sophie from Free Tibet UK, Dave, Liz, Graham and Roger from TSG Grampian, and of course our audience, and all the others who helped make the event a reality.