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
Sikyong
Central Tibetan Administration

3 May 2014
Dharamshala

Middle Way Policy and All Recent Related Documents

EN-BRIEFING

Briefing Note

Briefing Note

Additional CTA Documents

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INTRODUCTION TO THE NATURE, EVOLUTION AND ACHIEVEMENT OF THE MIDDLE-WAY POLICY
MWA Related Documents
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

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Reaffirms Middle Way Policy as Realistic Approach
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Reaffirms Middle Way Policy as Realistic Approach
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Liaison Officer Kunga Tashi Discusses Middle Way Approach with Chinese Students
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If the Panchen Lama is alive, let us see him: CTA President to Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson
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DIIR Holds Two-Day Awareness Workshop on Umaylam for CTA Recruits
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President Dr Sangay further raised awareness on the Middle Way Approach of the Central Tibetan Administration and highlighted the need to resume dialogue with China to resolve the Tibet issue during his United States Visit.
CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay and Representative Ngodup Tsering with Senator Tom Cotton in Washington DC. December 8, 2017 WASHINGTON DC: Continuing his lobbying visit to Washington DC, CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay met with several high profile US Congressmen from both houses of the US Congress on the second day of his visit. President Dr Lobsang Sangay today met with Senator Tom Cotton, one of…
Training Champions of Dialogue as Middle Way Approach Advocates
DIIR Secretary Sonam Norbu Dagpo speaking about Umaylam to the participants, 1 December 2017. Photo/Tenzin Phende DHARAMSHALA: A two-day training for trainers program has begun at Nyatri hall for 17 personnels from Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR), Central Tibetan Administration. The inaugural session of the workshop was attended by DIIR Secretaries Sonam Norbu Dagpo and Dhardon Sharling. In his inaugural remarks, Secretary Sonam Norbu…
Taiwan International Conference on Tibet Iterates Support for CTA’s Middle Way Approach
The seventh annual International Conference on Tibet organized by the Taiwan Office of Tibet in collaboration with the Taiwan Tibetan Welfare Association being held at National Memorial Museum. Taipei, Taiwan: The seventh annual International Conference on Tibet organized by the Taiwan Office of Tibet in collaboration with the Taiwan Tibetan Welfare Association was held at National Memorial Museum. The conference expressed support for the Middle Way…
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