30th June 2014 – Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala.
Today, at the invitation of Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, His Holiness visited the new Kashag building during a short visit to Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala.
His Holiness’ first stop was the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, which he visits regularly in order to consult and research its vast collection of old Tibetan texts. From there, he made his way to the Tibetan government-in-exile’s Kashag (Cabinet Office) building, where the prime minister’s office is located.
This is the first time that the Gyalwang Karmapa has had the opportunity to visit the new building, which was inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 2nd June 2011. The Sikyong graciously welcomed His Holiness at the entrance and escorted him into his office, where they conversed for half an hour. The prime minister then accompanied His Holiness on a tour of the new building.
Lobsang Sangay studied law, and was a Senior Fellow at the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School until he was elected to lead the Tibetan government-in-exile on April 27, 2011. In his role as Sikyong, Lobsang Sangay has emphasized the importance of seeking a peaceful, non-violent resolution of the Tibet issue.