Lhasang Tsering

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Lhasang Tsering
Labrang Kosa in the Tradun region, Tibet
Alma materWynberg Allen School
Known forActivism, writing and poetry
Notable work
Tomorrow and Other Poems

Ocean of Melody

Hold On and other Verses
ChildrenTwo Children.
RelativesKarma Chophel

Lhasang Tsering (born in 1952) is a Tibetan poet, writer, and activist.[1][2] He was President of the Tibetan Youth Congress and a founding director of Amnye Machen Institute in Dharamshala, India.[3] He is a vociferous and ardent advocate of Tibet's independence and a passionate lover of literature.

Early life[edit]

Lhasang Tsering was born in 1952 in Labrang Kosa in the Tradun region of Western Tibet. However, due to the Chinese occupation of Tibet, his parents escaped to India along with his two older brothers.

In 1962, he was admitted to study at the Central School for Tibetans in Mussoorie. Thereafter, he was selected from the pool of students to study at the Wynberg Allen School in Mussoorie, India.

In 1972 he got an opportunity to attend a medical school at the Johns Hopkins University in the United States, instead, he declined the opportunity and decided to join the Tibetan resistance force based in Mustang, Nepal.[4]


After completing his school in 1972 he joined the Tibetan resistance forces based in Mustang, Western Nepal. However, the Mustang base camp was closed in 1974 and he had to return to Dharamshala after two years, where he worked briefly at the Tibetan office of Research and Analysis.

He joined the Tibetan Children's Village (TCV) in Dharamshala and expanded the elementary school into high school under the guidance of its director Jetsun Pema. He served as TCV its Principal from 1976 to 1982.

During his time at the Tibetan Children's Village, he was one of the instrumental persons in establishing TCV schools in Ladakh and in Bylakuppe, Karnataka. He also helped develop the TCV school in Lower Dharamshala.

In March 1983, on instructions from the Dalai Lama, he joined the Information Office of the Tibetan exile government. While working at the Information Office he helped develop the Narthang publicaitons project, planned the computerization of the Tibetan language, and a new font for printing Tibetan.

In 1986 he was elected as the President of the Tibetan Youth Congress, Dharamshala. In 1989, he was re-elected as President, however, due to his opposition to the 'Middle-Way Policy' he resigned in 1990.[5]

Lhasang Tsering edited the Tibetan Review as an Acting Editor between May–December 1986, when its editor Tsering Wangyal went to United States for an internship offered by the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship.[6]

Amnye Machen Institute[edit]

In 1992, Tashi Tsering, Pema Bhum, Jamyang Norbu and Lhasang Tsering founded the Amnye Machen Institute (Tibetan Centre for Advanced Studies).[7] The institute aimed at promoting an international and secular culture within traditional Tibetan society.

He worked as its director as a full-time volunteer at the institute, helping with translation, editing, general administration, and fund-raising. In 1999, he resigned from the institute after running it single-handedly for 6 years.[8]


Lhasang Tsering opened the first bookstore in McLeod Ganj, called Bookworm, wanting to promote and enhance the reading culture in the Tibetan exile capital.[9]


After retiring from the Amnye Machen Institute in 1999, he devoted more time in writing, researching, and talking to students and journalists about Tibet.

He has published a few books. His first book was Tomorrow and Other Poems, published in 2003. His second book Ocean of Melody, published in 2009, was a translation of the Songs of the Sixth Dalai Lama. In 2012, he published his third book Hold On and other Verses.

He has also written articles, some of which are published on his page at TibetWrites.


  • Tomorrow and Other Poems[10]
  • Ocean of Melody[11]
  • Hold On and other Verses.


  1. ^ "The most realistic approach to Tibet's survival: Lhasang Tsering". 7 December 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Lhasang Tsering Reading His Poem 'PLEASE'". Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  3. ^ Sperry, Luisa (3 June 2009). "HOW TO FREE TIBET? LHASANG TSERING HAS A PLAN". Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  4. ^ Phayul (5 April 2012). "How Many More? by Lhasang Tsering". Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Tibetan Youth Congress | Former Centrex". Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  6. ^ "About Us | Tibetan Review". Tibetan Review. Retrieved 2020-05-20.
  7. ^ "Amnye Machen Institute Celebrates 20th Anniversary". VOA. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  8. ^ "Amnye Machen Institute turns 10". Central Tibetan Administration. 2002-06-28. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  9. ^ Doshi, Jinal (2018-12-12). "BookWorm – A tiny but famous Mcleod Ganj Bookshop". Bookedforlife. Retrieved 2020-05-29.
  10. ^ Tsering, Lhasang. (2003). Tomorrow & other poems. Calcutta: Rupa & Co. ISBN 81-291-0124-6. OCLC 824609394.
  11. ^ Tsering, Lhasang (2009). Ocean of Melody. Rupa. ISBN 8129114992.