Santa Fe Living Treasures â€“ Elder Stories
PRESERVING A CULTURE IN EXILE
Honored May, 1998
At age 6, Lobsang entered the Tibetan monk hood and was named a monk official at the Potala Palace during the childhood of the 14th Dalai Lama.Â He left Tibet for India in 1947 three years before the Chinese invasion.Â In India, he headed the Tibetan Buddhist education program and was deeply involved in the resettlement effort.Â To help his countrymen stuck in Tibet stay connected to the free world, Lobsang started the Tibetan Radio Program for â€śAll India Radioâ€ť and the signal reached to Tibet.Â Discovering that there werenâ€™t enough Tibetan words to convey the rapid change in science and technology he coined new technical terms which became part of the Tibetan language.
Lobsang is a Buddhist scholar, translator, educator and a refugee himself. He immigrated to Canada in 1970 and taught at the University of British Columbia.Â In 1975 he came to the United States where he did research at the U.S. Library of Congress and taught Buddhist philosophy at Haverford College in Pennsylvania.Â Not only has he devoted much of his time and energy to helping Tibetans in exile but also Indians, Europeans and Americans.