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NYC - Public Lecture Series featuring Tashi Rabten - POSTPONED


Due to the incoming storm, this lecture has been POSTPONED until further notice. We will email our Members and update our calendar when the new date is scheduled. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Tashi Rabten was born in Amdo, Tibet in what is now Qinhai Province. As a young man he studied Tibetan medicine. After the Tiananmen Square incident in 1989 many people in China, and especially Tibetans, lived under severe pressure from the Chinese Government. There were many arrests. Tashi, then working in a hospital, realized he could no longer stay in Tibet and decided he had to flee to the safety of India.

The only way to flee was to climb the Himalayas to get to Nepal. It was winter and the epic month-long trek changed his life. He will describe meeting foreign climbing expeditions fully outfitted while he and his wife only had sweaters and hardly enough food to eat let alone ropes, jackets and other gear. They managed to evade Chinese military patrols and eventually arrived in Dharamsala, India.

Determined to dedicate his life to helping the Tibetan people by uniting those inside Tibet with those outside, Tashi came to America on a Fullbright Scholarship, and eventually became a US citizen. He has earned both an MBA and a law degree to enable him to work on diplomatic endeavors.

Rabten has since returned to Tibetan many times and is on improved terms with the Chinese government. He is now getting his PhD in Chinese law at China University in Beijing. He is the only Tibetan in the program. His heart remains in Tibet and his dream is to return to positively affect the lives of Tibetans. He and his wife established an orphanage in his home village in Qinghai called the Tibetan Home of Hope. They are now completely responsible for educating 140 children who live there permanently.

He will talk about his escape from Tibet over the Himalayas and his dreams for Tibet. His wife will bring some Tibetan food and he will share Tibet Tea, an enterprise he started with Stephen Lee, to raise funds for educational projects in Tibet and in the refugee community in India.

Date: 1/26/2015

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

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