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Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 19:30

The Roof is on Fire: Global Climate Change and the Effects on Tibet

Princess Yabshi Pan Rinzinwangmo
Daughter of the 10th Panchen Lama

U.S. Embassy Residence

For the first time in China, Princess Yabshi Pan Rinzinwangmo (尧西•班•仁吉旺姆), daughter of the 10th Panchen Lama, will discuss environmental challenges facing Tibet, her father's conservationist legacy, and ongoing efforts to save Tibet's precious natural wonders during an engaging evening with the BIS.

Masterfully interweaving historic, religious, cultural and scientific approaches to understanding climate change, Princess Rinzinwangmo's discussion will highlight the long-standing importance of environmental conservation in Tibetan culture. She will also address how Tibetan Buddhism and the modern environmental movement can act as partners, and recount her father's historic vision and efforts to protect Tibet's natural wonders.

Currently working on her doctoral thesis in Finance at Tsinghua University, Princess Rinzinwangmo is the only offspring in the 620 plus year history of either the Panchen Lama or Dalai Lama reincarnation chains – the two highest spiritual leaders in Tibetan Buddhism. Born in Beijing, the Princess studied in the United States for 10 years prior to returning to China in 2005. As both a Chinese/Tibetan and a global youth leader, Princess Rinzinwangmo dedicates much of her non-academic time and energy to her ongoing roles with over 20 global charities and organizations: namely the Red Cross, Rokpa International, the All-China Youth League, and several orphanages and charities in the Tibetan ethnic regions. She is also a loving daughter to her mother Li Jie and has a keen interest in fashion.