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Pledge Request for Seattle Tibetan Community Center

There is no doubt that having a community center that we can call our own is important. It is a high priority for the TAW board of directors to make a concerted effort to make it a reality, specially with the State budget bill that has passed. The budget bill's amount will not fully cover our goal for a property. Today we are releasing the ask for your pledges to expedite. Seattle remains one of the very few (if not the only) Tibetans without a community center.
 
We ask that you watch the few videos that we have created that talks about the importance of having a place that we call our own; the TAW president, Namgyal Namglo, explains the reasoning behind the pledge collection.
Videos created and edited by Kherap Palden la. We thank him for volunteering his time and expertise.
 
Please take the pledge here.
 
For the broader public (not part of the Seattle Tibetan Community) who wants to donate to this effort, we will appreciate your generosity. Please donate for Norling Project via Paypal or by check.
 
Most of the Board of Directors along with the Housing committee members have already taken the pledge. We want to thank Thupten Jampa la for being the first community member to take the pledge!

Past articles

MAY 3RD – FIRST LAKAR OF THE YEAR

On May 3rd, we celebrated our first Lhakar of the year with an array of exciting activities. We kicked off the event with a prayer session. Following that, we enjoyed a captivating culture show, where participants showcased our traditional Tibetan dance. The event also included a potluck, where everyone brought and shared delicious Tibetan-influenced food. Additionally, the kids had a great time sketching and expressing their creativity. Finally, chief guest Tashi Namgyal la shared us importance of Lharka. Overall, the first Lhakar of the year was a memorable experience that celebrated our culture and brought us closer together.

 

APR 26TH – RALLY AGAINST THE SEATTLE TIMES

The recent media frenzy involving our religious and spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has caused immense distress to our community. The Seattle Times' hasty publication of a misleading Associated Press(AP) article on April 10th, 2023 regarding the incident is detrimental to His Holiness's reputation and an incredibly disrespectful act toward our community. We rallied against The Seattle Times' spread of misinformation and urge them to respect cultural diversity.

 

APL 25TH – PANCHEN RINPOCHE'S 34TH BIRTHDAY

April 25th marks the 34th birthday of Panchen Rinpoche Gedhun Choeky Nyima (Panchen Lama). The Panchen Lama is a prominent figure in Tibetan Buddhism, second to the Dalai Lama in importance. However, the global awareness of the Panchen Lama is relatively low. In 1995, the Dalai Lama recognized a six-year-old boy named Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the 11th Panchen Lama, shortly after his recognition, the Chinese government abducted him and his family and he has not been seen or heard from since. The Chinese government then installed its own Panchen Lama, which is not recognized by the majority of Tibetan Buddhists. In an effort to raise global awareness of the Panchen Lama's plight and to advocate for his release and the restoration of the rightful Panchen Lama, please join us on his birthday.

 

APL 22ND – EARTH DAY 

On Earth Day, Tibetan Language and Culture School (TLCS) students and parents came together to help clear non-native, invasive plants from Veterans Memorial Park in Mountlake Terrace. The project was aimed at improving the health of the park's ecosystem, which had been negatively impacted by the presence of invasive species. The project was a success, and the park's ecosystem is now healthier thanks to the efforts of the TLCS students and parents.

 

APL 20TH – PRAYER FOR HH THE DALAI LAMA

Here are some pictures of the urgent Lhakar(Yesterday) prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's long life organized by Cholsum Bhumo.

 

 

APL 12TH – TENZIN TSUNDUE'S TALK
 
Our president Gonpo extended a welcome to the Tibetan writer and activist Tenzin Tsundue. Tsundue is known for his activism and writing on issues related to Tibet and the plight of Tibetan people. We recognized the significance of his visit and express our gratitude for the opportunity to host him. His visit to Seattle is an opportunity for us to connect and learn more about the current situation in Tibet. With that said, We have two events coming up. The posters are attached below. Please share the events and join us.
 
 

APL 10TH – TLCS SUNDAY SCHOOL

Our Tibetan Language and Culture School – TLCS activities are packed with exciting and enriching programs aimed to teach our children the language, culture, music, and dance of Tibet. Last Sunday from 3-6pm, we started with a prayer and meditation session led by Gen Tashi Tsering, which helps our students to focus. Following that, we had a special segment celebrating the Tibetan language, led by Gen Passang Bhuti, who helped our students appreciate the beauty and richness of their native tongue. Our Level III students also had a group song practice session with Gen Lharik Dhakpa, where they honed their musical skills and practice singing together as a group. And for those who were interested in exploring their creative side, we had a Tibetan art & painting session led by Lama Migmar.

 

APL 1ST – MOVIE SCREENING
 
Shenpenn Singyetsang's movie screening tour kicked off in Seattle. We watched his latest movie “Broken Wings” followed by a public talk on the importance of creativity in the Tibetan diaspora by the director at Sakya Gonpa
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MAR 28TH – TLCS SUNDAY SCHOOL

Last Sunday at Tibetan Language and Culture School, kids are taught the history of Tibetan names and their origin, as well as calligraphy. They learn about the different origins of Tibetan names and how they were formed. They also learn the basics of calligraphy, a style of writing that is used to create beautiful, intricate designs. Through learning about the history of Tibetan names and calligraphy, kids gain an appreciation for the culture and language of Tibet. They are also able to gain a deeper understanding of the language, which can help them communicate more effectively with their peers.

 

MAR 27TH – TIBET LOBBY DAY
 
Three of our local members are participating in Tibet Lobby Day in Washington, DC. on March 27-28, 2023. Thank you for taking your time and representing us. We wish you all a successful lobbying with our state senators and representatives.

MAR 15TH –  COMMUNITY DRIVE FOR REFUGEES NW

Tibetan Language and Culture School – TLCS, led by Rehwa Nyatsatsang, conducted a community drive for Refugees NW at our Losar party, they received $531 in monetary donations and many hygiene donations. Refugees NW was very appreciative of donations from our Tibetan community.
Thank you, everyone, for supporting this project of TLCS. Take a look at the photos of Rehwa dropping off stuff at Refugees NW in Sea-Tac.
 

MAR 8TH – MARCH  10TH PREP

Our TLCS students made great posters for March 10th. Thanks to Tibetan Language and Culture School – TLCS staff for the creative activities.

MAR 8TH – UTSAV EVENT

Participants from the Tibetan community in UTSAV organized events with lawmakers of Washington state in the state capitol. With Steve Hobbs – Secretary of State, My-Linh Thai, State Senator Manka Dhingra, and Nepali representatives.

 

MAR 7TH – TAW BOARD & TLCS PARENT MEETING

We had a successful first TLCS meeting with parents, staff, and TAW board members last Sunday. We have some great news coming up soon to share with you all, so stay tuned on our TAW social media and check your email for more details and meeting updates.
Families with children are highly encouraged to send their kids to the TLCS/ Sunday school. All the community members are welcome to participate in any way possible.
You can volunteer for an hour or two or more for the success of our TLCS and our own community at large.
 
MAR 2ND – HAPPY LOSAR
 
The Year of the Water Rabbit 2150 has begun and on behalf of the board, I wish you all a successful and happy Losar.
Wrapping up our Losar celebrations from over the weekend, we wanted to share a few highlights. We were grateful and honored to have Mayor Matusomoto-Wright of Mountlake Terrace (4th from left), Mayor Keith Scully of Shoreline (4th from right), and Heidi Jackson, Manager of Cultural Programs at Seattle Center (center) attend our Losar dinner event. We were able to share our annual report, and our budget for 2023 and provide an update on our Seattle Tibetan Community Center Building Project and also held elections for our 2024-2026 board.
Without your support, we can’t achieve the goals of our organization and thrive.
 

Meeting with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Dear community members, As you all must be aware that high-level U.S. Congressional Delegation led by Democratic  leader Nancy Pelosi visited Dharamsala on May 9th, 2017.  It’s great honor for us and we are very grateful to Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, who was on of the delegation member, in accepting our request to meet our community members on June 5th @ 4pm at Sakya Monastery.  During meeting, Congresswoman will share her experience in Dharamsala and would also like to hear concerns of our community. If we really want to raise the issue of Tibet with US govt., most effective way would...

First Memorial of the Parinirvana of HH Jigdal Dagchen Dorjee Chang

Message from Adrienne Chan (co-director of Sakya Monastery):   Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism wishes to announce the memorial event for the first anniversary of the parinirvana of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang. We will spend six days practicing Chenrezi Drub Choe prayers and making offerings, and on the last day we will hold a candlelight vigil in the evening. The final day, April 29th, will be livestreamed on our website. Your sangha is invited to attend these prayers in person, but for those who cannot attend, we hope this livestream will allow participation from all over the world. Please...

“Losar” Tibetan New Year Celebration (Year of Fire-Bird 2144)

Feb. 27th, 2017 : Community Losar Sangsol @ Sakya Monastery (10:30am) ================================================= March 4th, 2017: TAW Losar Gathering Location: Shoreline Conference Center (8560 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline WA) Time: 6pm (doors open/catered dinner) Cost: $30 Gen/ $10 kids 6-12yrs old Lots of fun games and activities, and special performance from our TLCC students.

Rep. Penpa Tsering la’s Visit and Nobel Peace Prize Celebration

SPECIAL GUEST: Rep. PENPA TSERING la (Representative of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama – OFFICE OF TIBET) WHAT: 27th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Celebration (POTLUCK) DATE: SUNDAY DEC 11th, 2016 WHERE North Seattle Community College (NSCC) TIME: 5:30pm till 11:00pm TAW is honored to have chief guest Rep. Penpa Tsering la, please join us for this first time official visit to our community. We will continue with our traditional Potluck, so bring your best dishes for the “2016 TAW BEST DISH” contest with special prizes.     1989 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech by HH the 14th Dalai Lama of...

North America Tour: Paljor Kalon Karma Yeshi la’s Public Talk in Seattle, WA

Dear Community Members, We just received an itinerary of Paljor Kalon (Finance Minister, CTA) Karma Yeshi la and as per his schedule we are able to host a gathering to welcome him on Saturday evening.  Though it came on a short notice, I would like to request all our community members to attend the potluck gathering.  We will have performance by our TLCC students and local talents. POTLUCK GATHERING: Date:         11/19/2016, Saturday Time:        6:00pm- 10:30pm Venue:    Nalanda West (3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103) Once again we would like to request all our community members to...