With all the pressures imposed by the Chinese Communist regime over five decades until today, the Tibetan people and the Tibetan culture have still managed to persist and even flourish in exile.
Since 1960, when the Dalai Lama first established his government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India, his primary concern has been the welfare of Tibetan refugees and the preservation of Tibetan culture in exile. This was especially so during China’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) when the Chinese communists unleashed the systematic destruction of Tibetan institutions through a variety of terror campaigns.
Throughout the years, the activities of the Dalai Lama and his administration-in-exile persisted and focused on two main goals; to build and sustain international awareness of the plight of Tibet, and to disseminate the central tenets of Buddhism to a wide audience.
Rooted in the principles of non-violence and democracy, Tibet’s exile administration successfully accomplished the renewal and rejuvenation of Tibetan culture, re-establishing monastic institutions and a network of cultural and spiritual resources which have strengthened the exiled community and Tibetan Buddhism.
Today, there is strong worldwide cultural and spiritual constituency for Tibet, and a transformation of the Tibetan plight from one people’s political struggle to the right to exist and flourish. The Dalai Lama, highly respected for his commitment to nonviolence and to the cause of Tibetan freedom was awarded the Templeton Prize in 2012.
And all this a has nurtured the talent and creativity of a new generation of Tibetan political leaders who continue the work to safeguard their faith and culture even in the face of opposition, pressure and danger for a hopeful future for all Tibetan people.