Mission and Role

The Office of Tibet in New York is the official agency of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Administration-in-Exile, based in Dharamsala, India.

Housed in a modest brownstone on 32nd Street in the Kips Bay section of Manhattan, the Office of Tibet was established in 1964 to raise the issue of Tibet at the United Nations. Over the years, its responsibilities have increased to include the following major activities:

Looking after the welfare of around 15,000 Tibetans living in the US and Canada and supporting their efforts to pass down the knowledge of Tibetan language and culture to the younger generation;

Coordinating and preparing visits of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas;

Raising awareness of the plight of Tibet in the United States, Canada and Latin American countries in order to mobilize the support of governments and peoples of these countries for a peaceful and negotiated solution to the Tibetan issue;

Proving information and guidance on specific requests to Americans, Canadians and Latin Americans wishing to study the Tibetan culture or to visit Tibetan exile communities in India and Nepal.

The present head of the Office of Tibet is Mr. Kaydor Aukatsang, who in this capacity is also Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas.

The address of the Office of Tibet is:

1228, 17th Street NW
Washington, DC – 20036

Tel: 212.213.5010, Fax: 703.349.7444

Email: otny (at) igc.org or otny (at) tibet.net