By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMSHALA, Nov. 11: The Tibet House Brazil is officially launched in Sao Paulo this week after it was announced in Feb. 2015 by the Kashag Secretariat that an office handling the entire South American continent will be established.
The Pan-America constituting both the South and North were earlier handled by the liaison office based in North America. The establishment of the separate Tibet House in Brazil had been in the pipeline for the past two years. Mr. Tsewang Phuntso, the former Liaison officer for Latin America, has been appointed the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at the new Office of Tibet, Brazil.
The official opening held at the lecture hall of the Palas Athena Association on Sunday was attended by Dr. Daniel Goleman, a renowned author, psychologist and a close friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsewang Phuntso, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Latin American Region, Prof. Lia Diskin, Co-Founder of the Palas Athena Association and Board adviser of the Tibet House, Dr. Elisa Kozasa, a neuroscientist, Mind & Life Institute fellow and Chair of the Board of the Tibet House, Lama Rinchen, a Board member of the Tibet House and over a hundred academics, professionals, intellectuals, and Buddhists from around Brazil.
Dr. Goleman spoke on “A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World” at the ceremony while Tsewang Phuntso, spoke briefly about the Tibet House Brazil, its aims and objectives as well as future activities.
The Tibet House was founded in 1965 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi to preserve and disseminate the unique cultural heritage of Tibet and to provide a centre for Tibetan and Buddhist studies. It has since widened its reach and has set up liaison offices around the world.