Interviewee Profile

Name: Lobsang Monlam
(Alias: No)

Gender: Male

Interview Age: 89

Date of Birth: 1926

Birthplace: Chungpa, Kham, Tibet

Year Left Tibet: 1959

Profession: Monk

Monk/Nun: Previously

Political Prisoner: No

Interview Details

Interview No.: 43N

Date: 2015-04-15

Language: Tibetan

Location: Jampaling, Tanahun, Gandaki, Nepal

Categories: Resistance and Revolution

Keywords: Chinese army -- invasion by , Chushi Gangdrug guerrillas, Dalai Lama -- escape, guerrillas in Mustang, Kham


Lobsang Monlam was born in Chungpa on the border of Kham and Utsang Provinces. His family owned a very large flock of animals and his uncle was the leader of over 9,000 residents. Lobsang Monlam became a monk at the age of 3 at the Chungkhorgon Monastery and remained a monk until age 35 when he joined the Chushi Gangdrug [Defend Tibet Volunteer Force].

Lobsang Monlam explains how many monks and traders chose to join the Chushi Gangdrug in order to protect their country, the Buddhist dharma and His Holiness the Daila Lama against the Chinese invasion. He describes in detail how the Chinese deceived the Tibetans by bribing the aristocratic leaders and taking away the Tibetan army's stored ammunition. Andrug Gonpo Tashi was able to form the resistance group by pretending to build a golden throne so the group could meet secretly and plan their defense.

Lobsang Monlam was assigned to a group of men who successfully escorted His Holiness the Dalai Lama into India while others remained to resist the Chinese army. He also played a role in helping thousands of people escape into India. After a short time in India Lobsang Monlam rejoined the Chushi Gangdrug in Mustang, Nepal where they spent around 15 years planning and preparing to fight against the Chinese.

Interview Team:

  • Marcella Adamski (Interviewer)
  • Palden Tsering (Interpreter)
  • Dhiraj Kafle (Videographer)
Interview Video

Link: Watch On Youtube

Topic: Interview with Lobsang Monlam on 4/15/2015

Length: 00:57:16

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