"I think the great fear of every Tibetan is that our story will die out. It’s been over fifty years now since Tibet lost its independence. Our monasteries have been destroyed. The Chinese language curriculum is being mandated in our schools. More and more Han Chinese are moving into Tibet— building homes, building malls. I think now we are all starting to think that the Chinese are too powerful and that the dream of returning home is fading away. I think our mistake was that we didn’t keep up with the world. We held on to the monastic tradition too tightly. We didn’t embrace modern education, and so we weren’t connected with the outside world. Because of that, we lost our freedom silently. I think our challenge now is to educate our children in a modern way, so hopefully they will be better at sharing our story."
"I try not to watch movies and television with too much sex and violence. They really harm your perspective."
“Those movies and shows give you false expectations. If you watch them too much, you expect that every beautiful woman is a few hours away from jumping in bed with you. And you expect that every time you bump into someone on the sidewalk, or have any sort of confrontation, you should be ready to fight. In reality, you should probably just apologize and try to enjoy the person’s company.”
Fingerprint Man, 1951
Untitled (fingerprint general), c. 1965, ink, collage, colored pencil on paper, 11 x 7 1/4 inches
Group Photo, 1953, Graphite and ink on paper
Untitled (document), c.1959, mixed media, 12 x 8 3/4 inches
Fingerprint Landscape, 1950, Graphite and ink on paper, 14 1/2 x 11 1/8 inches