25th Anniversary of Tibetan Resettlement in Vermont

Vermont: On June 2nd 2018, Vermont Tibetan Association, organised a Silver Jubilee celebration of Tibetan resettlement in Vermont, which was held at Burlington, Vermont. Representative Ngodup Tsering of Office of Tibet, Washington DC, attended the silver jubilee celebration. Other guests at the celebration include US Senator Patrick Joseph Leahy, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, and Mr Gerard G. Haase and James D. Kelley, who were part of the committee overseeing the Tibetan Resettlement Project, Burlington, in 1993. Forty other sponsors and employers of the first group of Tibetans resettling in Vermont were also invited to the celebration.

The event went successful with a speech from Representative Ngodup Tsering, Senator Patrick Leahy, and Mr. Gerard Haase. Thank you note from TAV president Mr. Sonam Chophel. Followed by cultural show, dinner and Tibetan group dance (gorshey).



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1949 Tibet Film & Culture Show at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center

Tibetan Association of Vermont Presents:

1949 Tibet Flim & Culture Show. Flim Title: Out Of This World

This event is hosted by Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. This event begins at 5:45 PM. The film will be presented at 7:00 PM.

Event Schedule: 

Saturday, June 23rd 2018
5:45 pm – Tibetan refreshments/ snacks/ drinks.
7:00 pm – OUT OF THIS WORLD (1949 Tibet)

Film Description:
The digitized and updated release by David Wright of a film by Lowell Thomas Jr. following his trip to Tibet in 1949 with his father, famous radio broadcaster Lowell Thomas. This film includes footage of the caravan trek through Tibet to Lhasa where the Thomases met with the fourteen year old Dalai Lama. Street scenes from Lhasa, footage from Sera and Drepong monasteries, with the Kashag ministers and regent of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, scenes from the Tibetan summer festival at Norbulingka, the Dalai Lama’s summer home––this is 1949 Tibet, a rare and precious view of the land and the people before the Chinese invasion.

Proceeds from the event will help support the establishment of the Vermont Tibetan Community Center in the greater Burlington area.

For more information email TibetanCenterVT@gmail.com or contact Sonam Chophel, President of Tibetan Association of Vermont at (802) 999-4012.


Main Street Landing Film House
60 Lake Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Tickets: $12.00



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March 10, 2018 Tibetan Association of Vermont commemorating 59th Tibetan National Uprising Day.

On March 10th, 2018, Tibetan Association of Vermont commemorating 59th Tibetan National Uprising Day. All Tibetan families, Old, young, kids, and American supporters joined the Peace March at Burlington downtown, Vermont.

Received Proclamation Letter from City of Burlington, Mayor Miro Weinberger.

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ICT Honors to Long-time activist Grace Spring with Light of Truth Award on Vermont Tibetan New Year (Losar) Festival.

On Feb 17th 2018, The Tibetan Association of Vermont is immensely honored to host the ICT annual Light of Truth award Ceremony to Ama-la Grace Spring.  The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) Board honored Ama Grace Spring, a long time Tibet supporter, with Light of Truth Award on Vermont New Year (Losar) Festival.

President of ICT Mr. Matteo Mecacci, Director Lesley Rich, Vice-president Mr. Bhuchung K. Tsering, and Burlington Mayor Weinberger honored to attend the ceremony.

More Details:

  • International Campaign for Tibet

ICT honors long-time activist Grace Spring with Light of Truth Award for being a symbol of activism for Tibet

  • Seven Days Vermont


  • Radio Free Asia


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Vermont Tibetan festival 2017

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TAV XIIIth Board Members.

Old Board Members on Back: (Left to Right) Mr. Tsering Yeshi, Mr. Tsetan T. Anak, Mr. Dakpa G. Tangtsang, Mrs. Passang Dolma, Mr. Tenzin L. Lhakhang, Mrs. Nancy Lindberg;
New board members on sitting: (Left to right) Mr. Tenzin Chokden, Mr. Tenzin Tsephal, Mr. Sonam Chophel, Mrs. Tenzin Dolkar Geygong, Ms. Tenzin Waser, Mr. Kongpo Penpa (Not in picture)


On May 27th 2017, old TAV board members congratulated and transferred responsibilities to newly elected board members. The TAV election was done on May 7th 2017. The new 13th board members will serve Tibetan community in Vermont for next two years from June 2017 to May 2019. All the Tibetan community gathered on that day and gave warm welcome to all newly elected members.

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English and Tibetan Language classes on Sundays in Burlington.








Language as defined is a system of communication used by a particular community or country. Here in Burlington, Vermont, the Tibetan-American community members learn and empower themselves with skills in communication through the program provided by the Tibetan Association of Vermont.

Students will not only learn languages but also explore the Tibetan culture through stories, lectures, musics, festivals, and events.

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First Tibetan Women’s Empowerment Conference

The conference will feature presentation and discussions on four broad topics: governance and leadership, mainstreaming gender perspective into the development process, social empowerment, and sexual and gender-based violence. Read more ›

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Sikyong Greets India on 68th Republic Day



DHARAMSHALA: Tibetan political leader Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay today congratulated India on its 68th Republic Day anniversary. The brief ceremony to celebrate the occasion was held at the Kashag secretariat, attended by Kalons, Secretaries and senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration.

Hoisting the Indian national flag to the tune of the Indian national anthem, Sikyong greeted the people of India and said “India is a role model for the world in ensuring that economic development and democratic rights of the people are maintained on an equal footing.”

“India is also a melting pot of diverse religious beliefs, ethnicity and ideologies. This unique feat is a result of India’s deep rooted faith in its democratic values for which it has garnered worldwide respect and admiration,” he added.

Sikyong further expressed gratitude to the people and government of India and said that he is hopeful that the joint development of India’s economic and democratic rights will continue even further in times to come.

Following the brief ceremony at Kashag, Sikyong took part in the official ceremony organised by the local Indian administration of Kangra district at the Zilla Parishad hall in lower Dharamshala.

Sikyong was accompanied by Kalon Karma Yeshi and Kalon Phagpa Tsering with Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok at the function. The chief guest at the function was Shri Brij Bihari Lal Butail, Speaker of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly. The function concluded with cultural performances.

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