Heart in Tibet

Your Online Guide to Humanitarian Aid Organizations
working in Tibetan Communities!

About Us

Heart in Tibet is a non-political informal association of individuals who care deeply about the welfare of the Tibetan people.  Our mission is to promote and support humanitarian aid organizations working in Tibetan communities.  Heart in Tibet is not affiliated with any aid organization or school of Tibetan Buddhism.  However, we support their efforts to preserve the historically rich culture and religion of the Tibetan people.  Our guiding principles are Mindfulness, Interconnectedness and Loving-Kindness.
Mindfulness
Mindfulness, or living in the moment, allows you to achieve more.  Living in the moment allows you to move forward purposefully when you need to because you are not dwelling in the past or worrying about the future.  To this end we focus on organizations and projects providing immediate relief to Tibetans world-wide. 
What can we do, right now, to help the Tibetan people?
Interconnectedness
All beings are interconnected.  There really is no happiness for oneself alone, no suffering that afflicts only others.  We hope to tap into the eternal energy, wisdom and compassion present in the universe to create a network of individuals and aid organizations who will work together to help the Tibetan people. 
Alone we can do little.  Together we can accomplish great things.
Loving-Kindness
"May all beings everywhere live in safety.  May all beings everywhere be happy.  May all beings everywhere be healthy.  May all beings everywhere live with ease."
Every being has essentially the same desires and struggles in life. 
Just as a mother loves her child can you find it in your heart to spread loving-kindness to the Tibetan people?

The Bodhisattva's Vow

'May I be protector for those without one, a guide for all travellers on the way;

may I be a bridge, a boat, a ship for all who wish to  cross the water.

May I be an island for those who seek one, and a lamp for  those desiring light;

may I be a bed for all who wish to rest and a slave for all who want a slave.

May I be a wishing jewel, a magic vase, powerful mantras and great medicine.

May I become a wish-fulfilling tree and a cow of plenty for the world.

 

Just like space and the great elements such as earth, may I always support the life of all the boundless creatures.

And until they pass away from pain, may I also be the source of life for all the realms of varied beings that reach until the end of space.'

What Do We Mean By Bodhisattva?
Bodhi
means enlightenment, the state devoid of all defects and endowed with all good qualities. 
Sattva refers to someone who has courage and confidence and who strives to attain enlightenment for the sake of all beings.  Those who have this spontaneous, sincere wish to attain enlightenment for the ultimate benefit of all beings are called bodhisattvasThrough wisdom, they direct their minds to enlightenment, and through their compassion, they have concern for beings.  This wish for perfect enlightenment for the sake of others is what we call bodhichitta, and it is the starting point on the path. - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

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