Resource Talk on Inclusive, Compassionate Tibetan Nationalism

Resource Talk on Inclusive, Compassionate Tibetan Nationalism

Dr. Nawang B. Phuntsog is an associate professor of Education of Elementary, and Bilingual Education at California State University. His doctorate of education in 1993 is in the area of specialization include multicultural education and curriculum development. He has been selected as a Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar to India conducting the first phase of research that explores intersection of compassion-based inner values (secular ethics), the Middle Way Approach for resolving Sino-Tibetan issues and Tibetan Nationalism in schooling process. We are very happy to have him visit us on 26th July.

Dharamsala, July 26: Students of class IX, X and XI of Senior Section, Upper TCV school received a resource talk on ‘Inclusive, Compassionate Tibetan Nationalism on the 26th of July 2017 from Prof. Ngawang Phuntsog, , an associate professor at California State University. Besides the 380 students, Mr. Thupten Dorjee, the President of TCV along with other dignitaries of the TCV Head Office, and teachers attended the talk as well.

The program commenced with the welcome note and a formal introduction of Dr. Ngawang Phuntsog by the school Principal. Dr. Ngawang with the help of a power point presentation explained the intersection of secular ethics, middle way approach and the Tibetan Nationalism in the schooling process and the development of his interest on the same subject. Comparing the Tibetan Nationalism to the Nationalism of other countries, he said that curriculums in Tibetans schools in exile have adopted the concept of altruism and compassion rather than hatred and downgrading the image of China, which makes the Tibetan nationalism unique.

Explaining the meaning of Nationalism with traditional as well as egalitarian structure and the 3 dimensions of nationalism for each structure, he said that he feels that the Tibetan nationalism has all the three dimensions. He added a fourth dimension to the nationalism structure by interlinking all the three components. Asking whether all these can come together as a powerful source, he answered with positive that the Tibetan nationalism has reached a very important phase since we have a charismatic with a vision.

‘Although Tibetan Nationalism is a very important topic, however, there isn’t much resource”, he said. Thus, he advised the students that this is a fertile ground to undertake research. He further advised the students to have a positive attitude towards study. “Attitude makes a lot of difference in the way you study and you learn”, he said to the students. He concluded his talk by telling the students to consider study as a privilege and to study hard with enthusiasm and love.

The program ended with a vote of thanks by the school Director and a presentation of Tibetan scarf with few publications of the school to Dr. Ngawang Phunstok by the President.

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