THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO AILING HEALTH.
Samdong Rinpoche was the first
democratically elected Prime Minister of Tibet's Government in Exile (2001-2011) based in Dharamsala, India. In that capacity, and as a close friend and confidant of the Dalai Lama’s, he has
been a co-architect with the Dalai Lama of Tibet’s non-violent strategy for regaining a degree of autonomy in Tibet. He served on the Drafting Committee for Tibet’s future constitution and
has also been a member of the Tibetan Parliament.
Before formally entering politics, he was a professor, principal, and the director of the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. There he inspired hundreds of Tibetan students and faculty to join him as committed non-violent activists (satyagrahis) in pursuit of justice for Tibet, He did so in a tradition inspired by Gandhi but re-invisioned by him in Buddhist terms. As such he has been a leading voice for non-violence and justice in Socially Engaged Buddhism worldwide and an articulate advocate for the same on the world stage.
His two most recent books in English are: Uncompromising Truth for a Compromised World and Satyagraha (Truth Insistence).
Samdong Rinpoche was recognized when he was five years old as the fifth reincarnation of the previous Samdhong Rinpoches, also great Buddhist masters in Tibetan history.