Amsterdam: On Tuesday, the Tibetan Community in the Netherlands celebrated the 33rd anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize conferment to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Representative Rigzin Genkhang and parliamentarian Tenpa Yarphel were invited as the chief guests. This was Representative Genkhang’s first formal meeting with the Tibetan community members after being appointed to the current position in May this year.
She urged for unity in strengthening the freedom struggle in addition to fulfilling the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama whose advancing age, she added, should compel Tibetans to avoid wasting time on petty issues within the community.
She further informed the gathering about the ongoing demographic survey and requested all to participate actively.
Alongside the celebration, the Tibetan Community Executive Board members also convened a meeting with representatives of eleven NGOs involved in preserving the Tibetan culture and language for the past years in the Netherlands to discuss their project of acquiring a community hall.
Secretary Pelkyi Tsomo introduced the subject of discussion and made a Powerpoint presentation, elaborating on ways and means to support the project.
To the Tibetan supporters, Representative Genkhang pointed out the shared responsibility of the Tibetan community in the diaspora to preserve and promote the distinct Tibetan culture, language and religion. “If a nation has to sustain, then we must keep our cultural identity alive,” she added. She further highlighted the contributions the Tibetan culture can make to a more harmonious society through the values of compassion and warm-heartedness that His Holiness tirelessly advocates and urged everyone’s support in materialising the project.