Support Tibetans and justice through Lobsang Wangyal works

Lobsang Wangyal Lobsang Wangyal is a social justice warrior based in McLeod Ganj, India, the home of the Dalai Lama, using his writing, photojournalism, and events productions to support Tibet and its people. Here are pages listing his productions and all his works, and here is his Wikipedia page. His daily work is his news website TibetSun.com, where he posts unique stories on exile Tibetan affairs, and publishes opinions, features, and interviews from other Tibetans, many exclusive to Tibet Sun. Some of the kudos he has received over the years are posted here.

Indian passport for exile Tibetans: A big multi-year project has been the PIL (Public Interest Litigation) which he initiated in 2016 for implementation of the Indian Citizenship Act for Tibetan refugees in India. The case was won and the Delhi High Court ordered that all Tibetans who meet the criteria of being Indian citizens by birth to be treated as Indians, and to be issued passports upon applying. This caused a big shake-up in the exile Tibetan community as well as Tibetan and Indian governments — mostly good, and the positive end results will be seen in history. Since then he has been busy following up with filing cases to get local officials to obey this order, and also giving his services as a consultant to Tibetans navigating the process of passport application. Details about the passport litigation and issues are on his website ExileTibetans.com.

As a result of this activity, Lobsang now counsels exile Tibetans in India and helps them through the process for obtaining Indian passport, and counsels exile Tibetans worldwide who hold citizenship in other countries, helping them through the process for obtaining Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) status. (Since all this work is viewed by Tibetans as “in the family”, he is rarely reimbursed for any expenses incurred doing this!)

Tibetan-English dictionary: His next big project, which we will do together, is an online contemporary Tibetan-English dictionary, to live at his website ExileTibetans.com.

The call

Lobsang doesn’t fit in a “sector” or a niche, so hasn’t been able to attract mainstream recognition, funding, or support. Then, there is hesitance to ask, as Tibetan culture looks down on tooting your own horn. As alternative as LW is, he is still very much a product of his culture!
So here i am tooting it for him.   πŸŽ‰   πŸŽ‰   πŸŽ‰

All Lobsang’s works are for Tibet and for dharma. I have been working and traveling with him for many years, and i can vouch for it — this is all he does, and it comes from his heart.

Below are Lobsang’s current doings and needs. There is more on his own website about Lobsang, and an overview of his event productions. Much of his work is listed on his Wikipedia page, and coming up is a complete list of his life works.

Through supporting Lobsang, you support those things, which are all for Tibet and for dharma. If you would like to help:

Thank you.

Activities

Currently

July-August 2019: A visit to The Netherlands is now in progress, which will include attending cultural events, talking about Tibet, and counseling exile Tibetans on the the process for obtaining Indian passport or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) status While he is managing the basics of the trip with the help of a couple of friends, more help with expenses would enable this trip to be more productive!

Online from Europe he is

  • Advising on the build of the online Tibetan-English dictionary
  • Helping people navigate the process of applying for India passport, through email, WhatsApp, calls.
  • Keeping up with the latest news in exile Tibetan world; and posting news, opinions, and features, as well as moderating the always active comments, TibetSun.com

April-May 2019: In McLeod Ganj attending Dalai Lama teachings; working on local news, CTA doings; website improvements.

  • Reporting on doings of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on TibetSun.
  • Getting started on build of the online Tibetan-English dictionary
  • Since his erstwhile web developer is also in McLeod this month, he is taking advantage of that to shift web hosting and to make improvements on all his websites.
  • Helping people navigate the process of applying for India passport, in personal meetings.
  • The ongoing photography, fielding questions and interviews from Tibetan and Indian media, and making the rounds and feeling the pulse of his McLeod Ganj home.

Coming up

Aug-Oct 2019: Back to McLeod Ganj for Miss Himalaya Pageant and Free Spirit Film Festival; attending Dalai Lama teachings; working on local news, CTA doings.

  • Reporting on doings of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on TibetSun.
  • Producing and directing the Miss Himalaya Pageant, 5 and 6 October in McLeod Ganj.
  • Producing and directing the Free Spirit Film Festival, October in McLeod Ganj.
  • Helping people navigate the process of applying for India passport, in personal meetings.
  • The ongoing photography, fielding questions and interviews from Tibetan and Indian media, and making the rounds and feeling the pulse of his McLeod Ganj home.

Current needs

  • Monthly living expenses: Estimated: US$ 500
  • Travel 2 x year: Over the years Lobsang has made many friends and contacts throughout the world online. Since he got a real passport he has been able to visit with them, and also to run events such as Sing for Tibet, to participate in other events, and to talk with people about Tibet, all in other countries, not just at home in McLeod. Also in his travels he often finds himself counseling exile Tibetans on the the process for obtaining Indian passport or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) status, without recompense. He is usually able to stay with friends and get around locally — still airplane tickets, food, event costs, etc all add up!
    Estimated cost: US$ 2,000 x 2
  • Domain name registrations: Total 13 domains
    US$ 208 / year
  • Web hosting: Total 13 domains
    US$ 360 / year
  • New laptop: As a writer and photographer, Lobsang’s essential tool is his laptop.
    Estimated cost: US$ 1,200
  • New camera: As a photographer, Lobsang’s essential tool is his camera. His trusty Nikon is now getting pretty old. Needed is a Nikon digital SLR.
    Estimated cost: US$ 1000
  • New mobile: These days, like many of us, Lobsang carries on a lot of his social work through his phone. And since his work is social work, he may possibly be using all its facilities even more than many of us! … with better camera facility: Lobsang often resorts to his mobile camera when he is out and about. As a professional photographer, he can’t get by with a ‘snapshot’ camera like many of us do, but needs professional-level camera in his phone.
    Estimated cost: US$ 1,000

Current supporters

  • Anonymous supporter . (Injie): Monthly, covers web hosting for his 13 websites. (But cannot keep it up long term, hoping someone else can step in.) Thank you!
  • Anonymous supporter . (Injie): Periodically – plane tickets! (But cannot keep it up long term, hoping someone else can step in.) Thank you!
  • Anonymous supporters (Injies, Tibetans): Provides space to stay, food, etc when traveling. Thank you!
  • Some of the kudos Lobsang has received over the years are posted here. Thank you!

How to support these works

this page revised 31 jul 2019.