Ladakh Buddhist Association

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Ladakh Buddhist Association
Ladakh Nangpay Tsoksdus
MottoWelfare of people of ladakh
PredecessorTsewang Thinles
SuccessorPT Kunzang
FoundersKalon Tsewang Rigzin,Munshi Sonam Tsewang, Kalon Bankapa Murup Gyaltsan
TypeSocio-Religious / Charitable
PurposeMaintaining peace and stability in ladakh region
  • Chokhang vihar, main market leh lae
Official language
Bhoti, English
Key people
Vice president Rinchen Namgail
SubsidiariesLBA Youth Wing

Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) is an organization in Ladakh, India concerned with interests of Buddhists in Ladakh. It was founded in 1933 by King Jigmet Dadul Namgyal, Kalon Tsewang Rigzin, Kalon Bankapa Morup Gyaltsan and Munshi Sonam Tsewang.[1][permanent dead link] with the aim of looking after the Buddhist interests, bringing social reforms in Ladakhi society and to preserve its art, culture, language and tradition. It strive towards a healthy compassionate and eco-friendly society having regards to human rights and non-violence with special focus on sustainable development addressing women issues, educational infrastructures and child welfare[2]

The LBA consists of the Parent Department, the Youth Wing and the Women’s Wing and units located in villages that are meant to address local issues. LBA has its unit branch offices in the outreach representing a cluster of villages. These units facilitate and work closely with the community heads and their own village representatives as well as their women and youth groups.[3]

In 1989, there were violent riots between Buddhists and Muslims, provoking the Ladakh Buddhist Association to call for a social and economic boycott of Muslims, which was lifted in 1992. In early 2000, representatives of the LBA claimed that many Buddhist women were taken forcibly from their home villages and forced to convert to Islam, and accused the state government in Jammu and Kashmir of allowing this to happen.[4][5]


  1. ^ "In Conversation with Dr. Tundup regarding Kalachakra (Tuskor wangchen)".
  2. ^ Rituraj. "Ladakh Buddhist Association - Jammu & Kashmir". Archived from the original on 24 April 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Tundup Tsering and Tsewang Nurboo, in: Ladakh visited, Pioneer, 4/12/1995.
  5. ^ Conversions: LBA blames govt The Tribune Online edition, 12 January 2000