Tibet Foundation

Mr. Tsering Dhundup Gonkatsang

Apr 30, 2018

Mr. Tsering Dhundup Gonkatsang passed away on the 27th of April 2018. He was 66.

Words cannot describe the loss we feel on hearing this news. 

He was a trustee of Tibet Foundation from 2009 to 2017, and has made a huge contribution to the Foundation since his arrival in the UK in 1987. The thoughts and prayers of the trustees and staff of Tibet Foundation are with his bereaved family members during this difficult time.

Genla (The Teacher), as Tibetans would respectfully call him, left us unexpectedly. He touched and enriched the lives of many of us with his vast knowledge, compassion and humility. His integrity, positive outlook and down-to-earth personality made him a much loved person. One would always enjoy his company, listening to stories and anecdotes derived from his experiences and readings.

Born in Tibet and educated in India and the UK, Genla was a prominent member of the Tibetan diaspora communities. He was the Headmaster at TCV, a Tibetan refugee school in India. Even though he could have easily become a member of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile in 1991, having received one of the highest votes in his consituency, he instead chose to help others by continuing to teach.

Genla taught at the International Community School in London for a few years before becoming the first Tibetan Language Instructor at Oxford University in 2001. He was a much sought-after consultant on Tibetan language and culture, with many credits for research and creative works on Tibet. He was also a talented artist and a fine sportsman. His painting of His Holiness the Dalai Lama used to proudly adorn the corridors of the Central Institute of Education in New Delhi.

Genla is survived by Dolker la, his beloved wife and soulmate of 43 years, their three children and spouses, and two grandchildren.

We will miss him greatly.