An ATC initiative to promote the exchange of ideas among Tibetans and Tibet supporters and bring Tibet to the wider Australian community.
Through our year-round program, we invite local and visiting activists, writers, academics, thinkers and political leaders to address Tibet’s cultural, political and environmental issues and their significance in the world.
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Tibet’s Buddhist culture and thinking have made a profound impact worldwide. The Buddhist philosophy of interdependence has a strong resonance in an increasingly interconnected world. Today Tibetan lamas teach across the globe and the Dalai Lama has pioneered dialogues between Tibetan monks and western scientists to understand the human mind.
While Tibetan Buddhism flourishes in the free world, in Tibet it is under constant attack from the Chinese government. The Tibetan people are asserting their right to practice their religion freely and preserve their rich religious tradition.
At our Tibet Talks series in Melbourne in February 2014, Gabriel Lafitte talked about mining and tourism, the two major industries transforming Tibet today.
An Australian researcher and environmentalist, Gabriel Lafitte trains Tibetan policy analysts and a new generation of Tibetan environmentalists who contribute to global debate. He has worked with Tibetans for 36 years, wrote Spoiling Tibet: China and Resource Nationalism on the Roof of the World in 2013 and drafted a report on the impacts of Chinese mass tourism to Tibet, to be published shortly by International Campaign for Tibet.
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The Tibet issue has received tremendous moral support from the international community. The challenge it faces today is a lack of political will on the part of governments as they deepen their economic relationship with China.
Australia and the West can be a true friend of both China and Tibet. As the situation in Tibet continues to deteriorate, it is important that governments forge a new approach to engaging China on the Tibet issue and coordinate their efforts.
The controversy over Sydney University’s handling of the Dalai Lama’s talk in June 2013 raised serious questions about China’s influence in Australia’s higher education centres.
As Australian universities look to the growing Chinese market, they face pressure to avoid issues sensitive to China, including the Dalai Lama and Tibet. Is cashing in on China’s boom eroding the academic integrity of our universities? How can universities put principles above profit?
To examine this, on 29 May 2013, ATC facilitated a panel discussion –