US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is on a visit to India. On the tour, he also met civil society leaders. Among them was a Tibetan Buddhist master, about whom there is a lot of talk. Let us know who is this Tibetan Buddhist guru who has met Antony Blinken.
Tibetan Buddhist guru Wen Geshe Dorji Damdul is currently the Director of the Dalai Lama Cultural Center at Tibet House, New Delhi. It was established in 1965 by the Dalai Lama to protect and spread the unique cultural heritage of Tibet. Damdul joined the Buddhist Dialectics Institute, Dharamsala in 1988 for formal studies in Buddhist logic, philosophy and epistemology. After 15 years of study in Buddhist philosophy, he completed the Geshe Lharampa degree (PhD) from Drepung Loseling Monastery University. In 2003, the Dalai Lama’s office sent him to Cambridge University to study English.
When Damdul became the translator of the Dalai Lama
Damdul has been appointed as the Dalai Lama’s official translator since 2005. In addition, he has translated many Tibetan texts into English. Since March 2011, Damdul is the Director of the Dalai Lama Cultural Center at Tibet House, New Delhi. Damdul has written many books and papers related to Buddhism and philosophy. He goes to teach philosophy in many universities around the world.
What does it mean to meet Blinken and Damdul?
US Secretary of State Blinken’s visit to India is taking place at a time when relations between India-China and US-China are bad. The stand-off between India and China continues in eastern Ladakh and the US has been raising the issue of human rights violations in Tibet through several forums. The government-in-exile of Tibet is running from India itself. In such a situation, experts are looking at this meeting as a message to China. Beijing, which considers Tibet an integral part of China, may be irritated by this meeting. Let us tell you that in 1959, Chinese troops occupied Tibet and later annexed it with China.
Earlier this month, Republican lawmaker Scott Perry from Pennsylvania introduced a resolution in the US Congress urging US President Joe Biden to declare Tibet an independent country. This bill recognized the three provinces of Tibet as a separate and independent country.