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Tibet Foundation Day - Celebrating 20 Years of Helping the Peoples of Tibet and Mongolia

Oct 26, 2005

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Tibet Foundation Day - Celebrating 20 Years of Helping

Tibet Foundation annual event is organised to enable its members and supporters to hear about the work and achievements in the past year, as well as its future endeavours. This special evening began with a formal reception for over 200 invited guests at the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London


Mr Karma Hardy, Director opened the proceeding with a short welcome speech and outlined the evening’s programme. Mr Phuntsog Wangyal, a founding trustee then presented his Annual Trustees Report.


This was followed by a presentation from the Guest Speaker, Mr Glenn Mullin. Glenn Mullin is a Tibetologist, Buddhist writer, translator of classical Tibetan literature, and teacher of Tantric Buddhist meditation.


He began by reminiscing that in 1972 in Dharamsala he met Phuntsog Wangyal, then assistant director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA), one of the most important institutions in the world dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of Tibetan culture.


“It amazes me”, he said, “to look at all the things that Phuntsog la has achieved over the years. It is a testament to the difference that one man can make in his or her life. When I think of all the Tibetans on the planet they are perhaps the most creative, industrious and hard working people. Phuntsog la is a most dedicated individual and his work with Tibet Foundation has achieved some remarkable and inspiring results.


I have just returned from Mongolia where Phuntsog is quite a legendary as a Tibetan who really took a pioneering interest there in reviving their Buddhist culture. Alongside other Tibetan organizations and individuals, in the past 15 years the work of Tibet Foundation has been truly remarkable and it contributed much to the cause of Buddhist culture in Mongolia.


So it is a great privilege to be invited to speak here tonight.


The two cultures of Tibet and Mongolia have been connected since ancient primordial times sharing both trade and Buddhism. It was largely a beneficial relationship between the two cultures”.


Glenn then showed some beautiful and inspiring slides to illustrate this.


At the end there was a vote of thanks by a trustee, Susan Burrows. She paid warm tribute to an excellent speech, saying that she would long remember the very wonderful anecdotes.


Thanking the supporters and praising the volunteers and staff of Tibet Foundation she introduced a short presentation of Tibetan music and song by Tenzin Youdon, a former graduate from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), to conclude the occasion.


Tsering Dhondup Gonkatsang gave a spontaneous vote of thanks from the floor, praising the work of Tibet Foundation over the past two decades.


A video of the event is available below: