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Tibet is a hot topic since. Just some numbers. From 1913-1950 Tibet has been declared as independent from China. All that changed from the 50ies. From this time we know Tibet for one thing: Struggeling for independence again.

With H. H. the Dalai Lama as the leader of Tibetan Buddhism many still hope in a peaceful solution.

Kelsang Gyaltsen is his special representative to Europe and with that his main responsibility and task is “to build a relationship of trust and confidence with governments in Europe that enables frank discussions on how governments in Europe can play a constructive role in promoting respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the Tibetan people and hoe they help facillitating a peaceful resolution of issue of Tibet through dialogue and negotiations.” – Source:

On a visit in Vienna I had the chance to meet Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen as my dear friend Tseten Zöchbauer. I would describe him as very humble, respectful but also easy to connect with. What he really surprised me with is his perfect german with a swiss accent. I found out he actualy schooled in Switzerland where he was trained in business and administration and later worked as a cadre of a major swiss bank.

I would like to share the few photos I took of Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen infront of Vienna´s parliament.

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