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Our logo: At the back ground the Tibetan National flag representing Tibet and in the front, the great Yumbu Lhakhang, representing all the homes that we have in Exile.Yumbu lhakhang, according to legend, was the first building in Tibet and the palace of the first Tibetan king, Nyatri Tsenpo.

Yumbu lhakhang stands on a hill on the eastern bank of the Yarlung River in the Yarlung Valley of southeast Naidong County, about 192 km southeast of Lhasa, and 9 km south of Tsetang.

According to the Bön religious tradition, Yumbu lhakhang was erected in the second century BC for the first Tibetan king, Nyatri Tsenpo, who descended from the sky. During the reign of the 28th king, Lha Thothori Nyantsen, in the fifth century CE, a golden Stupa, a jewel (and/or a form to the manufacture of dough-Stupas) and a Sutra that no one could read fell from the sky onto the roof of the Yumbu lhakhang; a voice from the sky announced: "in five generations one shall come that understands its meaning!" Later, Yumbu lhakhang became the summer palace of the 33rd Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo and his Chinese princess, Wencheng. After Songtsen Gampo had transferred the seat of his temporal and spiritual authority to Lhasa became a shrine and under the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, a monastery of the Gelugpa school.
The Yumbu lhakhang was heavily damaged and reduced to a single storey during the Cultural revolution by the Chinese but was reconstructed later in 1983.

News from Across

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    (DalaiLama.com) Vancouver, Canada 24 October 2014 Before leaving Vancouver at the end of his four day visit to Canada, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with 10 Canadian MPs from the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet. Among them were Jason Kenney, Minister for Employment & Social Development and Multiculturalism, Kerry-Lynn Findlay, Minister for National Revenue and More>>

  • China’s crackdown slows Tibetan refugee crossings to freedom in India 24 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am

    By Annie Gowen October 19, The Washington Post DHARMSALA, India — Kunga Dolma waited years to escape the repressive life of her remote Tibetan village, and one day in July it was time. The soft-spoken 24-year-old paid a smuggler about $800 to guide her over the Himalayas to what she hoped would be freedom and More>>

  • Chinese tourists treat Tibetans ‘like zoo animals’ 24 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am

    Susannah George, GlobalPost DHARAMSALA, India — Chinese tourists behave badly in Tibet. Very badly, according to London-based advocacy group Tibet Watch. The evidence? A series of photos in the group’s report shows sightseers treating sacred objects like curiosities in a theme park, tourists trampling prayer flags and visitors standing atop painted prayer stones. Such gestures More>>

  • PM not meeting, but not ‘snubbing,’ Dalai Lama on his Canadian visit 24 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am

    The Vancouver Sun, 23 October 2014 OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t meet the Dalai Lama during his current visit to Canada. However, one of the Conservative MPs attending a low-profile meeting with Tibet’s spiritual leader in Vancouver Friday said that decision shouldn’t be viewed as a snub. A powerful cabinet contingent was expected More>>

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama begins teaching in Canada 24 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am

    (dalailama.com) It was still dark as His Holiness the Dalai Lama drove through driving rain, weather locals say is typical of Vancouver, to the UBC Thunderbird Arena, this morning. He was making an early start in order to perform preparatory rituals for an Avalokiteshvara empowerment. Walking onto the stage of the almost empty hall, His More>>

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