Light of Truth Essay Competition


The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is holding the second annual the Light of Truth Essay Competition (LTEC) in 2003 to foster debate and formulate and articulate innovative and practical solutions to pressing issues facing the Tibetan people. LTEC seeks to recognize talented Tibetans from a variety of backgrounds. This year’s distinguished judges are Kasur Tenzin Tethong, Ven. Amchok Rinpoche, Professor Samten Karmay, Ms. Tsering Yangdon.

TOPIC: An important aspect of the Tibetan struggle is the issue of empowerment of Tibetans in Tibet. Although the population of Tibetans in Tibet is much greater than those living in diaspora, the latter has the responsibility and the opportunity to help in the empowerment of Tibetans inside Tibet.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan leadership in exile have been encouraging active international engagement that will improve the Tibetan people’s quality of life and to address the existing imbalances in the development of Tibet. They have been calling for greater contact between diasporic and homeland Tibetans and encouraging newly arrived Tibetans in India to return to Tibet after completing their education in order to contribute to the development of Tibetan society there.

What are the different opportunities and/or responsibilities of different segments of diasporic Tibetan society, as individuals or as groups, toward the economic challenges faced by the vast majority of Tibetans in Tibet, particularly those in the rural areas? How effective is it for diaspora Tibetans to reach into Tibet by starting joint business ventures (either between Tibetans or facilitating joint ventures between homeland Tibetans and international agencies), building hospitals and schools, or teaching English?

What are the ways in which Tibetans in exile can help in the development of Tibet while maintaining the essence of Tibetan identity and culture?

RECOGNITION First prize is $1,000, second prize is $500 and third prize is $250 (all awards in USD). Winning essays will be published in ICT¡¯s Tibet Press Watch and other Tibetan journals and posted on ICT’s website

ELIGIBILITY & GUIDELINES: The LTEC is open to any Tibetan from any country. Essays may be submitted by e-mail, fax or by post and are accepted in English, Tibetan or Chinese. The strict length restrictions are as follows: English ¨C 1,500 words, Tibetan ¨C 3,000 words, Chinese ¨C 2,500 words. Applicants must include the following data for verification and eligibility purposes: name, address, e-mail (if available), phone (if available), occupation, age, and birthplace. This information will not be forwarded to the judges since the competition is based strictly and solely on the content of the essays.

DUE DATE: Monday, March 31, 2003. Winners will be announced on June 1, 2003. Please send submissions to: International Campaign for Tibet
Attention: Losang Rabgey
1825 K St., NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20006
Fax: 202-785-4343 or email:

For additional information please contact Losang Rabgey at 1-202-785-1515 ext.38 or or visit the website at

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