Message from the Sikyong

For millions of people throughout the world, Tibet evokes rhapsodic images of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, landscapes surrounded by snow peaked mountains, cheerful nomads, and chanting monks.

The situation on the ground in today’s Tibet, however points to a harsher reality: a land occupied by China for over 50 years, countless number of lost lives, a culture in danger of disappearing. A level of repression reaching such intensity that 130 Tibetans to date have set themselves ablaze as a political form of protest since 2009.

Yet, despite incredible challenges concomitant with a rising China, Tibetans remains undeterred in their determination to find a peaceful resolution through dialogue and “genuine autonomy” with the People’s Republic of China. Referred to as the “Middle Way”, this approach was originally envisioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama with overwhelming support from the Tibetan people. While he is globally known for his constant efforts for universal peace based on our shared humanity, the Middle Way Approach (Umaylam in Tibetan) is part of his legacy to the world for peaceful conflict resolution — how to look at a conflict through different principles such as dialogue, non-violence and a win-win proposition. The Tibetan situation illustrates how this approach is applied in a real life conflict situation. Its success bears global implications in an age where there is violence and growing popular discourse on the importance of peaceful conflict resolution. What happens to peace if longstanding non-violent political movements fail? The case of Tibet challenges the world to garner the courage to live by those principles when faced with an increasingly assertive China.

In the last few years, we have witnessed and are encouraged by growing awareness and support for the Middle Way Approach. To reinforce this development, we have created this dedicated web site with new succinct documents and video (Briefing Note, Timeline, FAQ), to begin with, based on existing materials on the Middle Way Approach. Help us amplify our message of peace by sharing these documents within your network.

The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) is deeply committed to the Middle Way Approach and will continue to build upon the foundation laid by previous administrations so that freedom may soon be restored in Tibet.

Dr. Lobsang Sangay
Central Tibetan Administration

3 May 2014

Middle Way Policy and All Recent Related Documents

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Note on the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People
Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People
Tibet’s Past, Present and Future — What is the way Forward?

Articles about the Middle Way Approach

Sikyong urges Tibetans, friends worldwide to light a candle for Kunzik Panchen Rinpoche on 17 May
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MP Tim Loughton calls out China to release and reveal the 11th Panchen Lama missing for 25 years
  MP Tim Loughton of the UK Parliament and Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet (APPGT)/Facebook/Tim Loughton Dharamshala: MP Tim Loughton of the UK Parliament and Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet (APPGT) called for the immediate release of Tibet’s 11th Panchen Lama, Gendun Choekyi Nyima on the 25th anniversary of his abduction and enforced disappearance by Chinse government on May 17, 1995.…
Tortured and refused medical treatment, Tibetan political prisoner Choekyi dies in Tibet
  Former political prisoner Choekyi dies succumbing to tortures sustained in Chinese prison during his four years sentence. Dharamshala: A former Tibetan political prisoner named Choekyi released last year after serving his four years sentence term in Chinese prison, died last week on 7 May due to torture suffered in prison. He died at his home in Shosang village, Nyitod Township, Serthar (Ch: Seda) County in…
Middle Way Approach Training for Settlement Officers of Southern Tibetan Settlements
Bylakuppe: The Middle Way Approach Desk of Department of Information and International Relations organized a three-day workshop for Settlement officers of Southern Tibetan settlements from 18-20 November 2019. The Middle Way Approach workshop was attended by the Chief Representative Officer, South Zone and Settlement officers of five southern Tibetan settlements along with two participants from each settlement. Former Director of Tibet Policy Institute, Mr Thubten Samphel…
Training on Middle Way Approach educates CTA’s new recruits
Secretary Sonam Norbu Dagpo, International Relations, DIIR delivers an expert talk during the two-day Training on Umaylam, 17 December 2018. Dharamshala: The Middle Way Apprach Desk of the Department of Information and International Relations imparted a two-day Training on Umaylam (Middle Way Approach) for CTA’s new recruits. The training was carried out from 17-18 December at the New Administrative Centre of CTA in Khanyara, Dharamsala. A session with expert…
DIIR releases a film highlighting Middle Way Approach as the Way Forward
A still from the film ‘Umay Lam: Middle Way-The Way Forward.’ Dharamshala: The Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) of the Central Tibetan Administration today released a film titled ‘Umay Lam: Middle Way-The Way Forward.’ Umay Lam in Tibetan means the Middle Way Approach. The Middle-Way Approach is proposed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to peacefully resolve the issue of Tibet and to bring about stability…
DIIR holds two-day workshop on Umaylam at Delhi
Secretary Sonam Norbu Dagpo, DIIR speaking to the participants on the meaning and evolution of Middle Way Approach. New Delhi: The Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR), CTA, organized two-day workshop on Middle Way Approach for Tibetan College Students. It was carried out from 23 – 24 January at Tibetan Youth Hostel, New Delhi. The Workshop was aimed to enhance awareness on Umaylam among Tibetan College…
Zhu Weiqun Fumes, Once Again, At the Middle-Way Policy
*Thubten Samphel is director of the Tibet Policy Institute, a research center of the Central Tibetan Administration. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the TPI. In the summer of this year, Tibetan NGOs in exile held two meetings here in Dharamshala. One was a meeting of Tibetans who advocate independence for Tibet. The other was a meeting of Tibetans who support the Middle-Way Policy, of…