Kasur Chope Paljor Tsering was born in gNam-ru, Tibet to a traditional Tibetan nomadic family in 1948. As a child he faced tremendous hardship including starvation and the loss of both his parents as well as his siblings after his family’s escape into exile from the Chinese occupation in 1959. While still a child, his courage as an individual and his determination to lead a meaningful life dedicated to the Tibetan cause gave him the strength to not only survive through these difficult early times but to excel in his studies which culminated in a scholarship to study in England.
After completing his studies in England in 1970, he returned to serve His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people. Chope la initially worked as a teacher and headmaster in Pokhara, Nepal. He was appointed as deputy secretary in October 1973 and served as a settlement-in-charge in Dhorpaten, one of the most remote Tibetan settlements in western Nepal. From June 1977, he served in the Office of Tibet in Nepal and later in the Department of Education from June 1982. He also served as an education officer in Nepal from January 1985, and as the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Office of Tibet in Nepal from May 1986. Later, he served as representative in the Office of Tibet in East Europe from September 1991, and was promoted to additional secretary in April 1994. In April 1997, he was promoted to secretary and later served in the Office of Tibet in Australia from April 1998. From December 2002, he served as representative in the Office of Tibet in Tokyo for East Asia. He retired from service in May 2007.
Over two decades in Nepal, Europe, Australia and Japan, he has met with many world leaders, politicians and statesmen and has continually raised awareness of and support for the Tibetan people and our cause. Since 2007, he has served as the Health Kalon in the Central Tibetan Administration, being unopposed and unanimously endorsed by the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.
Chope la has authored a book “The Nature of All Things’. He currently resides in Australia with his wife and three children.