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Friends and family of Lodi Gyari at a memorial event.

Congressional Leaders, former US president and fellow activists remember late ICT chairman at Capitol Hill event

March 15, 2019

The sun was radiant, and it was surrounded by a glowing ring.

That breathtaking image was blown up and put on an easel at a service on Capitol Hill on March 12, 2019 where Sen. Dianne Feinstein —alongside fellow friends , colleagues and family members of Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari—paid tribute to the remarkable Tibetan leader who helped the Dalai Lama make his people’s struggle for justice and human rights a major priority for the United States and governments around the world.

Lodi Gyari, the retired special envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, senior official of the Central Tibetan Administration and executive chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet, passed away in San Francisco on Oct. 29, 2018.

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Lodi Gyari with TYLP participants.

ICT launches Washington Internship Program for Tibetan-Americans

January 31, 2019

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is pleased to launch an exclusive initiative that will select highly motivated Tibetan-American undergraduate and graduate students for a unique six- to eight-week summer internship placement in US Congressional offices in Washington, DC.

The Washington Internship Program for Tibetan-Americans (WIPTA) is part of ICT’s effort to empower the burgeoning Tibetan-American community by providing them with meaningful opportunities and exposure to the American political process and by fostering their civic engagement.

In light of the passing away of Lodi Gyari, former ICT President and Chair of the Board of Directors, ICT has chosen to honor his legacy by naming this program after him. Gyari, who died on Oct. 29, 2018, cared deeply about advocacy for Tibet and empowerment of the Tibetan people. Accordingly, the participants in WIPTA will be known as Lodi Gyari Fellows.

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Lodi Gyari, a lifetime of service to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people

October 29, 2018

The International Campaign for Tibet is deeply saddened by the passing of Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari and wishes to express our condolences to his family and all those who knew him.

Mr. Gyari, the retired Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, senior official of the Central Tibetan Administration, and Executive Chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet, passed away today, October 29, 2018 in San Francisco. He was 69.

Mr. Gyari was a seasoned and skilled diplomat who spent the majority of his professional career working directly for and on behalf of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He was an impassioned advocate for the Tibetan people, universal human rights and global democratic reform.

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Reception on Capitol Hill to Honor Mr. Lodi Gyari

The International Campaign for Tibet held a reception in Russell Senate Office Building to honor Mr. Lodi Gyari, who retired as Executive Chairman of our Board, in December 2014. Participants included Democratic Leader Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Senator Mark Kirk, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congressman Tom Emmer, Representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama, Kaydor Aukatsang; former US […]

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Personal words of gratitude from Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari

January 2, 2015

As Lodi Gyari retires from the International Campaign for Tibet he has written down his personal reflections on his time in Washington, D.C. and at ICT. We are pleased to share with you an excerpt from the introduction. The full report will be published on ICT’s website early in the next weeks.

It is with humility and gratitude that I present these parting thoughts to the staff, members, supporters and friends of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). You have been the backbone of this organization and ICT would not have succeeded without you being a part of this effort. For almost 25 years I worked concurrently at ICT and as Special Envoy for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and I relied heavily on your support and assistance in discharge of my duties.

Since it’s founding in 1988 the ICT team has devoted itself to supporting the Tibetan people and the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I am honored to have played a leadership role in this endeavor, from the inception of the organization to the present day. Now as I step down as Executive Chair of ICT and from its Board of Directors, I cannot help but reflect on my work here with a deep sense of satisfaction in our accomplishments.

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Statement by the Board of Directors of the International Campaign for Tibet

June 2, 2014

Mr. Lodi G. Gyari will be retiring from the Board of Directors of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) at the end of December, 2014. He informed the Board at its meeting in May that since the organization now has a team of passionate Directors and a capable President in Mr. Matteo Mecacci, he can act on his intention, expressed some years back, of stepping down from the Board. Mr. Gyari also met with the staff of ICT on June 2, 2014 to brief them on his decision. He informed the Board and the staff that he will be available to provide any counsel whenever needed.

Mr. Gyari joined the International Campaign for Tibet in 1991 as the President while concurrently serving as the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1999 he stepped down from the presidency and began to serve as the Executive Chairman of the Board of ICT, a position he holds until the end of this year.

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My Personal Words of Gratitude

It is with humility and gratitude that I present these parting thoughts to the staff, members, supporters and friends of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). You have been the backbone of this organization and ICT would not have succeeded without you being a part of this effort. For almost 25 years I worked concurrently at ICT and as Special Envoy for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and I relied heavily on your support and assistance in discharge of my duties.

Since its founding in 1988 the ICT team has devoted itself to supporting the Tibetan people and the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I am honored to have played a leadership role in this endeavor, from the inception of the organization to the present day. Now as I step down as Executive Chair of ICT and from its Board of Directors, I cannot help but reflect on my work here with a deep sense of satisfaction in our accomplishments.

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The Tibet Fund Honors Tibetan Humanitarian Activist and the Dalai Lama’s former Special Envoy Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari

Top chefs join host Eric Ripert to pay tribute to four decades of determination and leadership NEW YORK: On Tuesday, October 2, The Tibet Fund celebrates another successful year of service to the Tibetan people with a gala dinner hosted by chef and television personality Eric Ripert of the three-star Michelin-rated Le Bernardin and host […]

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U.S. Senate passes resolution honoring Lodi Gyari

The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution honoring Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari for his years of service as Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The bipartisan resolution, S. Res. 557, was approved by unanimous consent through a voice vote. “The Senate has offered a wonderful tribute to a man who has dedicated his life […]

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Kerry Resolution honors work of Special Envoy to Dalai Lama

Published online September 13, 2012 by United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Please read the full article here. WASHINGTON, DC – Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced a resolution to honor the contributions of Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari as Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and […]

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Kalon Tripa Accepts Resignations of Special Envoy Lodi G. Gyari and Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen

The Tibetan Leadership Reiterates its Commitment to the Middle-Way Policy Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Head of the Central Tibetan Administration, regretfully accepted the resignations of the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Lodi G. Gyari and Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen. The resignations became effective June 1, 2012. Special Envoy Lodi Gyari, assisted by […]

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Where is China Heading on Tibet?

Remarks by Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari to the Council on Foreign Relations Washington, DC, April 23, 2012 You know that I have been leading the Tibetan delegation for the dialogue with the Chinese government for the last many years. But I am not here today to give you a report on my progress because there is […]

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A message from Lodi Gyari, Executive Chairman of the ICT Board of Directors

Dear Friends: I am writing as ICT Executive Chairman, at this critical time for Tibet, to share some personal reflections on our ICT Board discussions today, March 23, and to ask for your continued commitment to the Tibetan struggle. As you would expect, the ICT Board focused its attention on the terrible situation in Tibet, […]

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Message from Special Envoy of H.H. the Dalai Lama, Lodi Gyari

I am sending this circular concerning the changes in the Tibetan political governance and how these affect me and my work. As you are aware, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in his far-sighted wisdom, has undertaken yet another step in empowering the Tibetan people by his devolution of his political authority to the elected Tibetan […]

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ABC Sunday Profile: Australian Radio Interview

JULIA BAIRD: Hello, I’m Julia Baird. Welcome to Sunday Profile. Surely one of the most curious and fascinating jobs on earth would be that of the Dalai Lama’s number one man in Washington. Lodi Gyari, also known as Gyari Rinpoche, is the special envoy of the revered Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, in the US. […]

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ICT statement on US-China summit: “a positive development for human rights and Tibet”

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is pleased that President Obama reasserted, in front of President Hu Jintao, the long-standing policy of the United States on Tibet, which supports a resolution through dialogue and the preservation of the Tibetan identity. ICT is eager to continue its advocacy following the summit, providing information on the situation […]

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The Way Forward on Tibet: The Status of Discussions Between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Government of the People’s Republic of China

Remarks by Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, Special Envoy of H.H. the Dalai Lama Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore I would like to thank the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) for providing this opportunity to share my thoughts on the status of our discussions with the Chinese government in finding a political solution to the […]

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Dalai Lama builds on Tibetan legacy at the Library of Congress

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has donated three items to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., building on an established and historic Tibetan collection that includes gifts from the 13th Dalai Lama to the American diplomat and scholar, William Rockhill, at the beginning of the last century. The Library of Congress is the […]

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