The Tibet Bureau in Paris, one of the offices of the official representation of the 14th Dalai Lama and of the Tibetan government in exile, is in charge of France, the Iberian Peninsula, the Maghreb and the Benelux countries (except Belgium). Founded in September 1992it acts as an Embassy.
The Bureau is responsible for the preparation of visits of the Dalai Lamaand of officials of the government in exile to promote culture, religion and Tibetan language, to support the Tibetans living in Europe and Maghreb, and promote the cause of Tibet internationally.
Shortly after the founding of the Tibet Bureau in Paris in September 1992, François Mitterrand, then president of the French Republic, received the Dalai Lama in private at the Elysee on 16 November 1993.
Every year, the Tibet Bureau organizes the celebration of the birthday of the Dalai Lama.
Since 1996, the Tibet Bureau publishes Actualités Tibétaines , a quarterly magazine.
On October 20, 2003, the Dalai Lama is received at the Paris City Hall by Bertrand Delanoë, then mayor of Paris.
In 1993, Wangpo Bashi joined the Tibet Bureau in Paris, and was appointed secretary of the Tibetan government in exile in 1995.He was replaced on 25 August 2011 by Tsering Dhondup.
Alexandra David-Néel was a Belgian–French explorer, spiritualist, Buddhist, anarchist, opera singer, and writer. She is most known for her 1924 visit to Lhasa, Tibet, when it was forbidden to foreigners. David-Néel wrote over 30 books about Eastern religion, philosophy, and her travels, including Magic and Mystery in Tibet, which was published in 1929. Her teachings influenced the beat writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, the popularisers of Eastern philosophy Alan Watts and Ram Dass, and the esotericist Benjamin Creme.
Claude Arpi is French-born author, journalist, historian and tibetologist born in 1949 in Angoulême who lives in Auroville, India. He is the author of several books including The Fate of Tibet: When Big Insects Eat Small Insects, and several articles on Tibet, China, India and Indo-French relations.
Rolf Alfred Stein was a German-born French Sinologist and Tibetologist. He contributed in particular to the study of the Epic of King Gesar, on which he wrote two books, and the use of Chinese sources in Tibetan history. He was the first scholar to correctly identify the Minyag of Tibetan sources with the Xixia of Chinese sources.
Marcelle Lalou (1890–1967) was a 20th-century French Tibetologist. Her major contribution to Tibetology was the cataloging of the entire Pelliot collection of Old Tibetan manuscripts from Dunhuang at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. In addition to her cataloging work, she wrote articles on various aspects of Old Tibet, and she published a Tibetan textbook. Some of her most notable students include Rolf A. Stein and J. W. de Jong.
Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme was a Tibetan senior official who assumed various military and political responsibilities both before and after 1951 in Tibet. He is often known simply as Ngapo in English sources.
Françoise Pommaret is a French ethno-historian and Tibetologist.
Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari Rinpoche, Kasur Lodi Gyari or "as he is universally known to the Tibetan-speaking world, Gyari Rinpoche" was a Tibetan politician, and journalist who served as the 14th Dalai Lama's special envoy to the United States. Exiled to India in 1959, he was also the executive chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet.
Françoise Robin is a Tibetan-studies professor at Paris' National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO), where she specialises in the language, cinema, and literature of Tibet. Robin is currently the general secretary of the International Association for Tibetan Studies.
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.
Tsewang Dolkar Khangkar is a doctor of traditional Tibetan medicine, currently exiled in India.
Tashi Tsering also called Tashi Tsering Josayma; born in 1960, is a Tibetan tibetologist, historian and writer.
Wangpo Tethong is the owner and managing director of Tethong Kommunikation. He is a former party secretary of the Green Party Canton of Zurich, spokesperson of Greenpeace Switzerland and worked as a senior consultant for a Swiss consultancy company. He is also known as a Swiss–Tibetan activist, writer and member of the 15th Tibetan Parliament in Exile.
On February 20, 1964, the second parliamentary election for the Tibetan Parliament in Exile was held. It was the second time Tibetans in exile were able to choose their representatives. Three seats were separated specifically for women as an especial request from the Dalai Lama and the number of representatives was increased from 14 to 17. The four classic schools of Tibetan Buddhism were represented as the three historical regions of Tibet; U-Tsang, Kham and Ando.
Chen Qingying, is a Chinese Tibetologist. He is the director of the History Research Institute under the China Tibetology Research Center.
Lobsang Dolma Khangkar also called Lobsang Dolma or Ama Lobsang Dolma was a 13th generation doctor of traditional Tibetan medicine. She travelled with the Dalai Lama in 1959 from Tibet to India. She was the First woman to become chief physician of the Men-Tsee-Khang. She and the others carried her daughters on their backs into what is now Dharamsala, India: Tsewang Dolkar Khangkar and Pasang Gyalmo Khangkar, succeeded her in the family line of doctors, the Khangkar.
We're No Monks is a 2004 Tibetan drama film, directed and written by Pema Dhondup. The film is produced by Pema Dhondup, Rupin Dang, and Yangchen Dolkar under the banner of Clear Mirror Pictures, and Wilderness Films India Limited. The film stars Tsering Dorjee, Gulshan Grover, and Sonam Phuntsok in the lead roles.
Penpa Tsering is a Tibetan politician based in India. He is the second democratically elected Sikyong of the Central Tibetan Administration in India. He succeeded the last Sikyong Lobsang Sangay on 27 May 2021. Penpa Tsering was the speaker of the Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration for two terms between 2008 and 2016.
Claude B. Levenson was a French journalist, orientalist, Tibetologist, translator and writer who authored approximately twenty-five books on the subjects of Buddhism, Burma and Tibet. She contributed to the newspapers Le Monde, L'Obs, Politique internationale, Le Temps, Geo, 24 heures and Libération. Levenson was a member of the Committee of 100 for Tibet and worked as a translator for the Dalai Lama.
Thubten Samphel was a Tibetan writer, journalist, and government official. He worked as a secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was a spokesperson of the Central Tibetan Administration, based in Dharamshala. He also worked for the administration's think tank, Tibet Policy Institute.