Interviewee Profile

Name: Tsultim Jungnay
(Alias: No)

Gender: Male

Interview Age: 76

Date of Birth: 1937

Birthplace: Zonga Tsang, Utsang, Tibet

Year Left Tibet: 1962

Profession: Farming

Monk/Nun: Currently

Political Prisoner: No

Interview Details

Interview No.: 12B

Date: 2013-12-24

Language: Tibetan

Location: Lugsung Samdupling Settlement, Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India

Categories: Buddhist Traditions

Keywords: Buddhist beliefs, childhood memories, farm life, monastic life, refugee in India -- life as, Utsang


Tsultim Jungnay was born in Zonga Tsang in Utsang Province. He had a big family consisting of parents and nine siblings among whom he was the youngest. He tells that farming was the only source of livelihood for his family, which they had been doing for generations by growing grains, wheat and peas.

Hearing about the Chinese army's appearance in other regions of Tibet, Tsultim Jungnay fled to Nepal at the age of 19 without informing his parents. He worked as a transporter for two years and then moved to India. He shares his experience of working on road construction sites in Kulu Manali in northern India. He then recounts joining the Indian Army for 15 years and afterwards moved to the Tibetan settlement in Bhandara where many refugees died due to the intense heat Tsultim Jungnay married, had three children and cultivated the land given by the Indian government.

Tsultim Jungnay shares his story of how he embraced genchoe 'practicing dharma in senior years' upon the death of his wife. He describes in detail the merits of taking the vows of ordained monks and the various scriptures containing teachings of the Buddha and practices that are beneficial in this and the next life as well.

Interview Team:

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

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Topic: Interview with Tsultim Jungnay on 12/24/2013

Length: 01:00:35

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