Letter from outgoing TAV President Sonam Chophel.
Right to left (front), New 14th TAV board members: President Tenzin Chophel, Vice President Sonam Yangkyi Geygong, Secretary Dolma Tsomo Kirti Serdup, Accountant Tsetan Namgyal Mentsang, Treasurer Penpa Sherab, Advocacy officer Tenzin Jorden.
Right to left (back), Outgoing 13th TAV board members: President Sonam Chophel, Vice President Tenzin Dolker Geygong, Secretary Tenzin Waser, Accountant Tenzin Tsephal, Treasurer Tenzin Chokden, Advocacy Officer Kongpo Penpa.
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Vermont: On Friday, March 29th, 2019, members of Tibetan Association of Vermont observed prayers for Late Ama Grace Spring at Fletcher free library Burlington, who passed away on March 29th, 2018.
Late Ama Grace Spring is an artist, an activist and a Tibetan supporter who, for more than 18 years, held a solo vigil every Friday morning in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington with a Tibetan national flag and a placard, drawing attention to the plight of the Tibetan people.
Last year, on February 17, 2018, ICT President Matteo Mecacci bestowed a special Light of Truth award to her in recognition of her many decades of work putting a Spotlight on Tibet. The award ceremony took place at the Burlington, VT in conjunction with Tibetan New Year celebration organized by Tibetan Association of Vermont.
Press Release by North American Tibetan Associations
March 20th, 2019
On February 17th 2019, a Chinese government-supported parade was held in New York’s Chinatown as part of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. Participating in this parade was Dechen Tulku and a few other Tibetans, all of whom are US residents and Shugden devotees. They were seen waving the Chinese national flag and displaying a banner that read, ‘Tibetan Association of North America.’ Many may have seen the photos and videos of their participation that have since been circulated online.
You may also be aware of the fact that back in April 2017, a similar incident involving Dechen Tulku had taken place during the meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Florida. In this case, under the guise of being representatives of the North American Tibetan Association (NATA), Dechen Tulku and a few other Tibetans had gone to Florida to greet Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Against this backdrop, Tibetans living in North America have expressed deep concern over the attempts by Dechen Tulku and others to falsely represent NATA. It is possible that Tibetans, Tibet supporters and the general audience may become confused and unable to distinguish between the real NATA and its imposters.
The truth of the matter is that under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), there are now 33 Tibetan associations of varying sizes established in North America – many of which are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations registered under the US law. These Associations, collectively known as “NATA”, are the sole legitimate and rightful representatives of all Tibetans living across North America.
Shugden followers such as Dechen Tulku frequently visit China without any issues as they have connections with the New York Chinese consulate. These people are not the elected representatives of North America-based Tibetans. As such, any future activity that they carry out in the name of NATA will be firmly rejected by all 33 North American Tibetan associations.
Tibetan Association of Vermont is raising fund through selling Mega Raffle to benefit the building of Tibetan Community Center. This center will help build a community culture and language center for Tibetan in Vermont. A place will be a hub for the younger generation to preserve their language, culture, and tradition. Also, this center will provide awareness about Tibet history and culture to Vermont’s friends and family.
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1st prize: $10,000
2nd prize: $3000
3rd prize: $1000
Draw on: Saturday, July 6th, 2019
Please contact Tibetan Association of Vermont for information. The donation will accept in any form and gladly appreciated.
Mr. Sonam Chophel (President ) : (802) 999-4012