Gyalo Thondup

Tibetan personality, brother of Tenzin Gyatso (14th dalai lama)

Gyalo Thondup (Chinese: 嘉乐顿珠; pinyin: Jiālè Dùnzhū), (born c.1928)[1] is the second-eldest brother of the 14th Dalai Lama. He often acted as the Dalai Lama's unofficial ambassador, and was involved in many political controversies around the Tibetan society.[2]

Gyalo Thondup

In recent years, Thondup has repeatedly said that the only way to achieve progress is with China.[3] In 1998, the Central Tibetan Administration (the political arm of the Dalai Lama's anti-China diaspora faction) criticized Thondup for not letting the Dalai Lama know about the CIA's involvement in Tibet.


  1. Thurston, Anne F. (2015). The Noodle Maker of Kalimpong: The Untold Story of My Struggle for Tibet (1st ed.). Gurgaon: Random House India. p. 16. ISBN 978-81-8400-387-1.
  2. "Dalai Lama's Older Brother Visits China". Voice of America. October 26, 2009.
  3. "Former Minister Gyalo Thondup Says Weiqun Ignorant of Deng's statement on Tibet". Voice of America. Retrieved 3 November 2013.