Interviewee Profile

Name: Lobsang Lungthok
(Alias: No)

Gender: Male

Interview Age: 87

Date of Birth: 1922

Birthplace: Tunue - Lhasa, Utsang, Tibet

Year Left Tibet: 1959

Profession: Monk

Monk/Nun: Currently

Political Prisoner: No

Interview Details

Interview No.: 21M

Date: 2010-04-10

Language: Tibetan

Location: Doeguling Settlement, Mundgod, Karnataka, India

Categories: Buddhist Traditions

Keywords: childhood memories, Chinese army -- invasion by , escape experiences, festivals, March 10th Uprising, monastic life, refugee in India -- life as, Utsang


Lobsang Lungthok was born in Tunuegang, a town very close to Lhasa. His family engaged in farming and he recalls herding the animals. He became a monk at the age of 8 and recounts his life as a monk in the Drepung Monastery in Lhasa. He describes the admittance process and selection of teachers for new monks. As a young man he joined the the dhopdhop--a bunch of obstinate monks who indulged in jumping and throwing stones instead of studying the scriptures.

Lobsang Lungthok provides information on the procedure of the Monlam Chenmo 'Great Prayer Festival' in Lhasa and the various ceremonies and officials associated with it. He explains his own role as a genyok 'assistant' to the tsogchen shengo, who is in charge of discipline during the Monlam Festival where up to 40,000 monks assembled. He shows the tools of the disciplinarian--a sword and a stick, which required that he give up his monk's vows to use.

Lobsang Lungthok speaks about the shelling of the Potala Palace on March 10, 1959 and about witnessing the mass of people fleeing through the swamp near Norbulingka. Fearing the worst, he escaped from Lhasa soon after and relates the difficulties they faced during the journey into exile in India.

Interview Team:

  • Marcella Adamski (Interviewer)
  • Tenzin Yangchen (Interpreter)
  • Pema Tashi (Videographer)
Interview Video

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Topic: Interview with Lobsang Lungthok on 4/10/2010

Length: 02:37:53

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