August 29, 2006

Tibet: Second Political Discussion Forum titled Middle-Way Approach in Brussels

Saturday 26 August the EU Coordination Office organised the second political discussion forum titled Middle-Way Approach of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Tibetans in Belgium at Nalanda Institute and invited Mr. Jampal Chosang, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in France, as a guest speaker
Saturday 26 August the EU Coordination Office organised the second political discussion forum titled Middle-Way Approach of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Tibetans in Belgium at Nalanda Institute and invited Mr. Jampal Chosang, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in France, as a guest speaker to the forum.

The forum was opened with a welcome speech by Ms. Tenzin Wangmo Dunchu, Coordinator of the EU Coordination Office, and introduced the new elected board members of the Tibetan community, for whom a kathak was offered by Representative Jampal Chosang.

Mr. Jampal Chosang briefed the participants with a resume of the Middle-Way Approach starting from the 17-Point Agreement in 1951 up to the direct contact between His Holiness the Dalai Lama's envoys and the Chinese leadership. This was followed by a question-and-answer session and a lively discussion.

Participants shared thoughts on practical issues like how to support the Middle-Way Approach, status of genuine autonomy for Tibetans, the existing majority of Chinese population and their future political involvement etc. The young participants unanimously agreed the Middle-Way Approach as the best solution to solve the long-standing Tibetan issue.

The first political discussion forum on the importance of democratic system--rights and duties was held on 26 June 2006.

The third forum titled Essence of Buddhism will be on 29 October 2006. The political discussion forum will be held on a two-month regular basis.