History


Just as all Tibetans all over the world have been facilitated and continue to be accommodated with the rights of a refugee, here in Nederlands also since 1991 the process to bestow the refugee status and the relevant rights thereof have been continuing only because of the sole-great-kindness of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The number of Tibetans increased in Netherlands since then.

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In the year 2005, a new Tibetan welfare organisation was founded in Netherlands. It is based on key principals highlighting the importance of maintaining the non-sectarian and non-regionalistic attitude or way of life. After two terms of appointments of staffs and subsequently completing their terms, the welfare organisation finally transformed into a proper foundation in the year 2008 with people participating in a democratic process of electing their President, Vice president and other board members, who then carry the organisation further.


Since then the activities of the organisation have been continuing with first and second term elected members being of two years each and third to fifth (current) term being of three years duration. During these period, activities relating to the general responsibility of Tibetans in general and responsibility to promote the Tibetan fundamental cause have been actively promoted without any further decrease.

Furthermore, The preservation and promotion of unique Tibetan traditional culture and education have been carried out in the forms of celebration of Tibetan New Year (Losar), observation of Democratic Day (Mangtso Dhui Chen), the observing and celebrating of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama being offered Nobel Peace Prize, His Holiness’s Birthday Celebration and other important events as observed by Tibetan Government in Exile, in particularly the observation of expressing solidarity and making offerings of prayers in remembrance of the great contribution made by Tibetan martyrs. We continue to carry these activities till date.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to the Netherlands in 2018


History


Just as all Tibetans all over the world have been facilitated and continue to be accommodated with the rights of a refugee, here in Nederlands also since 1991 the process to bestow the refugee status and the relevant rights thereof have been continuing only because of the sole-great-kindness of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The number of Tibetans increased in Netherlands since then.

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In the year 2005, a new Tibetan welfare organisation was founded in Netherlands. It is based on key principals highlighting the importance of maintaining the non-sectarian and non-regionalistic attitude or way of life. After two terms of appointments of staffs and subsequently completing their terms, the welfare organisation finally transformed into a proper foundation in the year 2008 with people participating in a democratic process of electing their President, Vice president and other board members, who then carry the organisation further.


Since then the activities of the organisation have been continuing with first and second term elected members being of two years each and third to fifth (current) term being of three years duration. During these period, activities relating to the general responsibility of Tibetans in general and responsibility to promote the Tibetan fundamental cause have been actively promoted without any further decrease.

Furthermore, The preservation and promotion of unique Tibetan traditional culture and education have been carried out in the forms of celebration of Tibetan New Year (Losar), observation of Democratic Day (Mangtso Dhui Chen), the observing and celebrating of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama being offered Nobel Peace Prize, His Holiness’s Birthday Celebration and other important events as observed by Tibetan Government in Exile, in particularly the observation of expressing solidarity and making offerings of prayers in remembrance of the great contribution made by Tibetan martyrs. We continue to carry these activities till date.

Current

At the moment, there are about 1000 Tibetans who are living in the Netherlands among which there are a good number of Tibetan children.

So as to pass our unique Tibetan language, spiritual knowledge, traditions and ethics, we as a Tibetan community have established a Tibetan weekend school which is named Gangjong Rigzod Lobdra (Snowland’s School of treasures). We have maintained and further strengthened classes on the above-mentioned topics which are taught to the younger generations aged above four.


The school consists of 90 young Tibetans, age varying from four to twenty. Despite facing number of challenges, such as sufficient access to classrooms and finding enough teachers for the students, the community has overcome those barriers. As a result every Sunday, Tibetan language, literature and ethics are taught to the Tibetan children. We continue to work towards dispelling any risks whatsoever to our languages, tradition and culture, which represents our Tibetan identity. To pass on these significantly important subjects to our younger generations (the seeds of our future), we have continuously strived without any hesitation whatsoever to the expenditures and cost involved.


As important as it is, to hold the practice of preserving our language, culture and tradition, we need to strive it without being disheartened by whatever internal and external obstacles. we have experienced till now or may encounter in future. This being one of the core activities of great importance of past, present and future of the Tibetan Community in the Netherlands. Furthermore, our political activities, such as the commemoration of the 10th March Protest against the Communist Party of China, other urgent and important activities targeted to face and address emerging situations inside and outside Tibet have been carried out while abiding the laws of the Netherlands. Similarly, Dutch Tibetans have been voluntarily providing help to about 15 individuals affected by HIV in about six different locations in India.


At this point of time, we, the Tibetans in Netherlands are a harmonious and united community, based on genuine mutual respect and good relations to each other. Until now, apart from the Tibetan Community Organisation, no other Tibetan organisations, small or large have been accepted by the Tibetan people in the Netherlands. In brief, The Tibetan Community Organisation of the Netherlands follows the unsurpassable guidance provided by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and we follow the directives of Central
Tibetan Administration based in Dharamsala, India. It is our firm pledge and promise that we remain firmly committed to such guidance in future and strive our best to be not left behind in making further progress and development. Bound together strongly by the strong thread of good relations and unity we Tibetans of the Netherlands are object of great admiration by Tibetans living everywhere in the world as a cohesive exemplary community.

Annual Reports

Tibetan Community in The Netherlands prepares annual financial statements which are approved by the Board Members. Financial statements are an important way to demonstrate the Tibetan community of the Netherland's commitment to using resources efficiently, and to being accountable to our community members.

Annual Reports

Financial Statement

2019 2018 2017

Community Hall Project

Purchase plan for a community hall for the Tibetan Community in Netherlands


The purpose of purchasing a Community Hall
1) To have regular Tibetan and cultural classes.
2) To get together for the Tibetans during holidays.
3)For the public to get together and make their prayers and perform dharmic activities.
4) To use as a Tibetan office and the address to be used as official addres.
5) For the seniors to get together and engage in spiritual activities.


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Community Hall Project