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February Meeting Wednesday February 6th 9:45 am
Guest Speaker: Thuten Kesang QSM
Topic: My Life
Thuten was born in Lhasa, Tibet in 1944. At age 12, his parents sent him to India to study. He was educated, and lived, at Dr Graham’s Homes, a Christian boarding school in Kalimpong, near the Tibetan border. Following the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959, the Chinese authorities arrested his father, who subsequently died in prison. This left Thuten with no funds to continue to pay his school fees. Fortunately, a kindly benefactor stepped in, and enabled him to complete his schooling, and an apprenticeship in printing, on traditional printing presses, in Calcutta.
With the support of the Tibetan Children Relief Society, Thuten migrated to New Zealand in 1967, the first Tibetan to settle here. He was employed as a printer, until establishing his own printing business in Beach Haven. In 1971 he married his Kiwi wife Gwen. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren.
Topic: Politics, Economics & Witchcraft
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