Tibet Bureau (Geneva)

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The Tibet Bureau in Geneva is the official representation of the 14th Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile for Central and Eastern Europe. It was established with approval of the Swiss Federal Government in 1964. [1]

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The 14th Dalai Lama, religious name: Tenzin Gyatso, shortened from Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso; born Lhamo Thondup, is the current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are important monks of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism, which was formally headed by the Ganden Tripas. From the time of the 5th Dalai Lama to 1959, the central government of Tibet, the Ganden Phodrang, invested the position of Dalai Lama with temporal duties.

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The Bureau is responsible for preparing the visits of the Dalai Lama and officials of the government-in-exile, supporting Tibetan culture, religion and language, supporting Tibetan citizens living in Europe, and promoting the cause of Tibet internationally. [1]

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The Bureau is headed by a Representative (Ambassador), who is assisted by an Under-Secretary. [2]

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References

  1. 1 2 "The Tibet Bureau in Geneva". Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  2. "Mitarbeiter". The Tibet Bureau in Geneva. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  3. "Dalai Lama's Geneva Representative Attends International Meet". Phayul. September 10, 2008. Retrieved 2011-05-17.