12/11/2019

‘The Art of Passive Resistance’: Second book penned by underground Tibetan writer released

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The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) released yesterday the second book written by underground Tibetan writer Dhi Lhaden, the courageous former monk and intellectual based in Amdo, Tibet.

Originally composed in Tibetan and titled Tungol Trimtug (‘Resistance Through Cooperation With Law’), it has been translated into English with a new title ‘The Art of Passive Resistance’. This is Lhaden’s second book, translated and published by TCHRD.

In this book, Dhi Lhaden explores themes such as the rule of law, freedom, peace, equality, non-violence, and looks to public figures known for their approach of peaceful resistance such as the Dalai Lama, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and George Washington.

TCHRD expresses concern over the fate of the writer who remains underground even as unsubstantiated rumours indicate that local authorities had in the past announced cash prizes for any information about the writer’s location. TCHRD remains resolute in defending and promoting the right to freedom of speech, expression and opinion of all writers, intellectuals and artists in Tibet.

Dhi Lhaden was born in 1980 at Dida Village in Pema (Ch: Baima) County, Golog (Ch: Guoluo) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (Qinghai Province), in the Tibetan province of Amdo. At 11, he was admitted to his local monastery and four years later joined Serthar Buddhist Institute in Serta County, Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (Sichuan Province). At 28, he went to Lhasa and studied at Drepung and Sera Monastery. Since 2008, he has been visiting various places in Tibet to experience and record the observations of fellow Tibetans.

Dhi Lhaden’s first book, Tsesok Le Trun Pe Kecha (“Words Uttered With Life at Risk”) was published by TCHRD in March 2011. This book was released on the third anniversary of 2008 Mass Uprising in Tibet and the 16th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

To download the book, click here