ICTís Light of Truth Essay Contest 2006
The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is holding the fifth annual Light of Truth Essay Contest (LTEC) in 2006. The contest seeks to recognize talented Tibetans and to foster debate as well as articulate innovative and practical solutions to pressing issues facing the Tibetan people. Winning essays will be posted on ICT's website www.savetibet.org and printed in full or excerpted form in some Tibet-related journals.
TOPIC: The Tibetan Plateau is rich in natural resources, including wildlife, and is the source of the major rivers in Asia . Tibet provides water resources to a major portion of the world's population. Based on this situation, what impact can Tibetan natural resources have in the social and economic development in Tibet and in the world? Within the reality and limitations of the current Chinese government regulations, what can Tibetans do to protect the water resources, wildlife (including the prevention of illegal trade), and other natural resources of Tibet ?
JUDGES: This year's distinguished judges are as follows:
PRIZES : First prize: $1,000. Second prize: $500. Third prize: $250 (all awards in USD).
ELIGIBILITY : Open to Tibetans from any country.
GUIDELINES : Essays are accepted in Tibetan or English. Essays can be submitted by e-mail, fax or by post, but our preference is via email. Electronic submission of Tibetan essays must be in TCRC Bod-Yig font. The length restrictions are as follows: English - 1500 words, Tibetan - 3000 words. These are strict word limits. Essays over these limits will not be considered. Applicants must include the following data for verification and eligibility purposes: full name, mailing address, e-mail (if available), phone (important), occupation, age, and birthplace. The information is needed only for our record and will not be forwarded to the judges.
DUE DATE: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 by midnight (Eastern Standard Time). Winners will be announced on Thursday, July 6, 2006 .
Mr. Rinchen Tashi
BIO OF THE JUDGES
Pema Dechen Gorap
She was elected to the Tibetan Parliament in 1991 and served for a term. She also served as the General Secretary / Director, Tibetan Homes Foundation, Mussoorie - appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After immigrating to the US in late 1996: she served as the President of Tibetan Association of Colorado, the Executive Director of Colorado Friends of Tibet, and as the President of the Capital Area Tibetan Association.
Currently, she is a Broadcaster and Reporter at the Voice of America, Tibetan Service. She has traveled extensively to Europe and the US and attended international conferences on Tibet as well as appeared on TV and radio shows to talk about Tibet .
His published works include also scholarly articles on various aspects of Tibetan culture, Buddhism and philosophy, including the entries on Tibetan philosophy for Routledge Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy , Songs of Spiritual Experience: Tibetan Poems of Awakening and Insight (co-authored) and Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Philosophy . He is currently the president of the Institute of Tibetan Classics , a non-profit educational organization dedicated to editing and translating key classical Tibetan texts into contemporary languages, and the editor-in-chief for the Institute's The Library of Tibetan Classics . He also teaches as an adjunct professor at McGill University , Montreal , and sits on the advisory board of numerous cultural and educational organizations as well their scholarly publications.
He has widely traveled in India , the Middle East, Africa and Europe and has participated in numerous international seminars and conferences.