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Travel to Tibet!

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Pilgrimage to Tibet with the Jonang Foundation

Mount Kailash, Zhang Zhung & the Guge Kingdoms

A Cultural and Educational Expedition

With Tulku Kunga Zangpo & Michael Sheehy

August 02-25, 2013

 

We are happy to announce that our biannual pilgrimage to power places in Tibet continues in 2013. Different from our previous pilgrimages, the 2013 expedition will have Tibet's most sacred mountain — Mount Kailash — as the apex of the journey. We will embark southward from Tibet's cultural capital in Lhasa to the Great Stupa at Jonang and head to Mount Kailash, considered the axis of the cosmos, before exploring the ancient western Tibetan kingdoms of Zhang Zhung and Guge.

Total trip cost before June 01 = $5,750 per person. Spaces are limited, early enrollment is encouraged. 

 

Proceeds support our education initiatives in Tibet. Itinerary and enrollment details are on the pilgrimage page.

We are also proud to announce that the Tibet Primary School in the remote Golok region of Tibet is now complete! This project took 7 years to raise funds and construct the school. It is home to over 100 young Tibetan students. We thank dearly the generous benefactors who donated to this incredibly beneficial project.

 

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Posted on January 23, 2013 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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California Non-Profit Reaches Milestone and Delivers Work to Library of Congress

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Washington, DC (November 13, 2012) -

The Tibet Oral History Project delivered to the Library of Congress a collection of 67 oral history interviews with elderly Tibetan refugees. This presentation was a milestone in the Project’s 9-year effort to help preserve the unique culture and history of Tibet and share it with the world.

The Tibet Oral History Project documents the extraordinary lives of exiled Tibetan elders—the last generation to live in a free, unoccupied Tibet—and preserves memories of their homeland for future generations. This non-profit organization, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, has already videotaped the eyewitness accounts of 170 of the oldest surviving Tibetan elders.

“I have been waiting my whole life to tell what happened in Tibet,” said a relieved 82- year-old Sonam Gogyal at the end of his videotaped interview. Sonam Gogyal’s interview will now be preserved indefinitely in the Library of Congress along with those of many other elderly Tibetans residing in a refugee camp in southern India as well as a few exiles in California.

When the Dalai Lama was forced to flee Tibet in 1959, an estimated 80,000 Tibetans followed their spiritual leader into exile in India where most now live. The Tibet Oral History Project (TOHP) documents the refugees’ early peaceful life in Tibet and the devastating impact of the Chinese invasion and occupation on their families, livelihood, social structure and religious practices. Now at the ages of 70, 80 or 90, these refugees are the last generation who can describe the rich and ancient traditions of Tibet as an independent country.

Faye Straus, TOHP Board of Directors President and co-founder of the Firedoll Foundation, visited the Library of Congress’ Asian Division to hand deliver the first set of interviews. Straus met with Dr. Dongfang Shao, Chief of the Asian Division, and Susan Meinheit, Tibetan and Mongolian Area Specialist for the Asian Division. The Project provided videotaped interviews on DVD and in electronic format as well as English transcripts of all the interviews. Meinheit offered to include TOHP’s work in the Library’s Tibetan collection after meeting with the Tibet Oral History Project’s founder and executive director, Marcella Adamski, last year.

Straus was “honored to be able to present TOHP’s first collection of interviews with Tibetan elders to the Asian Division of the Library of Congress. We are immensely grateful that the Library of Congress will act as the official archive for the entire collection. These oral histories will be an invaluable resource for scholars and for advocates for the preservation of Tibetan culture and identity.”

Also attending this important event were Mary Beth Markey, President, and Bhuchung K. Tsering, Vice President, of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), another non-profit organization which has been a longtime supporter of the Project. Contributions from ICT’s Rowell Fund for Tibet as well as Straus’ Firedoll Foundation have been instrumental in allowing the Project to videotape and transcribe these oral histories. “ICT is pleased to see that a grant from its Rowell Fund for Tibet is able to help shine a light on a section of Tibetan history, as the Tibetan people themselves experienced it," said Bhuchung Tsering.

Interview transcripts, video clips and photos of the interviewees can be found on TOHP’s website (www.TibetOralHistory.org) along with a 30-minute film, With My Own Eyes, which provides a moving description of Tibetan history and culture as told by the elders.

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About the Tibet Oral History Project:

At the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibet Oral History Project was initiated in 2003 by Marcella Adamski, Ph.D to record the early life experiences of Tibetan elders, who were forced to flee their homeland in 1959 following the Chinese invasion and subsequent occupation. The Tibet Oral History Project is a non-profit organization committed to making the elders’ oral history interviews accessible via the Internet in order to share with the world the culture and history of Tibet.

Contact:

Marcella Adamski, Ph.D., Executive Director

P.O. Box 6464, Moraga, CA 94570-6464 United States

Telephone: +1 415 292 3202 / Fax: +1 925 376 1640

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.tibetoralhistory.org

 

 

Tibet Water Project Update 2

Posted on September 30, 2012 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Since our last report, the Tibet Water Project has made huge progress. In order to build a reservoir at the top of the pipeline and holding tanks closer to the village, a road first had to be built up the mountain. For this large earth moving equipment had to be brought in. Once the road was completed, the necessary materials for the reservoir and holding tanks could be brought in and that phase of the project could be started. In the accompanying picture you can see ceramic tiles being applied to one of the concrete tanks. The project continues to benefit from the enthusiasm of the villagers and residents of the surrounding area, who volunteer their time and energy every day assisting the construction crew with everything from digging to hauling to cleanup. Everyone in the village continues to be amazed that people whom they have never met from all around the world are so generous and willing to help them improve their lives.We are making progress and hope that our next report will tell you that the water is flowing to the village and that the villagers’ daily trek up the mountain for fresh water has finally ended.

About the project:  The Tibet Water Project will install a clean water delivery and sanitation system for 3000 inhabitants of a remote village and monastery complex in one of the poorest areas in eastern Tibet. This project will help decrease the incidence of diarrhea and parasitic disease, and support agricultural activities for over 3000 people, and will eliminate the need for people to hike for up to an hour to haul water manually for their daily needs. http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/tibet-water-project/

 

Tibet Water Project Update

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Digging the Pipeline Trench

The people in the Tibet Water Project area are astonished at the Global Giving System, that helps us to win prizes that can help them. They are amazed and gratified that people from around the world who have never met them or been to their village would donate to help make their lives better. There is a lot of excitement at the amount of money that has been raised.

There is a great deal of enthusiasm for this project in the community and many people have been volunteering and working on the pipeline. A lot of the early stage work has been completed because of the number of people who have been helping and doing heavy manual labor.

We are in the process of identifying our new contact for regular communications and reports from Tibet.

About the project:  The Tibet Water Project will install a clean water delivery and sanitation system for 3000 inhabitants of a remote village and monastery complex in one of the poorest areas in eastern Tibet. This project will help decrease the incidence of diarrhea and parasitic disease, and support agricultural activities for over 3000 people, and will eliminate the need for people to hike for up to an hour to haul water manually for their daily needs. http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/tibet-water-project/

Lha Social Work

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our redesigned website: www.lhasocialwork.org . Lha's new interactive layout makes navigation easier, providing more information, better tools, and links to our Flickr photos, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, blog pages and RSS Feeds. We have also added a search function to make it easier to find out about volunteer opportunities, social work programs, projects, resources, announcements and publications. Find yourself amongst our 1000+ photos, or check out our blog for stories and testimonials from volunteers and students. We welcome your own contributions and, reflecting our long-standing commitment to learning and improvement, we also welcome your feedback at [email protected]  as we continue to improve our social work initiatives and website.

Lha is a grass-roots, non-governmental and non-profit social work organization based in Dharamsala, India. We aim to provide vital resources for Tibetan refugees, the local Indian population, and people from the Himalayan regions. Founded in 1997 and registered as a charitable trust and a 12AA non-profit organization by the H.P. Indian Government in 2005, Lha has continuously provided vital resources to those in need for over 13 years. Lha’s primary goal is to provide meaningful, multi-leveled social services in Dharamsala to help ease the transition for the Tibetan refugee community. Our latest programs are: The Tibetan Community Dental Project, Tibetan Environment Website, Eye and Oral Healthcare Projects.

Lha is now tuned in to a variety of social media outlets! To see our current projects in action, you can now visit Lha's Flickr Photo Album. We are continually adding photos of our many social service programs, as well as of our services for international volunteers and visitors, to keep you up to date on our most recent activities. You can also stay connected to Lha and our community of volunteers and students via our Facebook page. "Friend" us for updates on our recent news and activities, and take the opportunity to keep in touch with Lha's online network. We also invite you to share your stories, or explore the experiences of former volunteers, on the Lha blog. The contributions of our volunteers and supporters on our blog not only provide us with feedback on our organization, but also help us to stay connected with members of our community throughout the world. Please visit our You Tube page to see video of our programs and activities at work, and for more general information on Lha's history, projects, and future plans, we invite you to visit our newly operational Wikipedia page.

Since Lha's founding in 1997, we have continued to be inspired by the compassion, dedication, and contributions of generous supporters and thousands volunteers from around the globe. The redesigned website would not be here today without the generous and tireless efforts of the following individuals:

*Luca Pirodda – from Italy who created the database and forms.

*Brian Cobb – from the USA, who worked on the layout and most important web development.

*Karma – a Tibetan who also worked on the layout, content management, and general development.

*Murray Stevenson – from Australia, general development and programming.

*Katie Youtz – from the USA, who is also Lha’s volunteer coordinator and wrote all of the volunteer opportunity descriptions and other texts.

May I take this opportunity on behalf of Lha to thank you sincerely for all of your dedication, creative time and energy put into this project.

Below are some quick facts about Lha's successes during 2011 and we hope for continued success in 2012! Thank you once again for your continued support, as we could not have achieved these things without you, the volunteers, and of course the dedication of the students and the community.

Sincerely,

Ngawang Rabgyal

Director - Lha Charitable Trust.

www.lhasocialwork.org

For monetary donations:

By Wire transaction:

Bank Holder Name: Lha Charitable Trust

Account Number: 2517000101008335

Bank Name: The Punjab National bank

Swift Code: PUNBINBBPAR

Branch Bank: Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, H.P

By cheque, payable to "Lha Charitable Trust". Please send by mail to:

Lha Office Temple Road, Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, 176219

Distt Kangra, Himachal Pradesh INDIA

By Online Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Bank, American Express and Bank Transfer via Moneybookers.

Simply click on the Moneybookers link in the upper Right side of the Lha's website.

 

Important Initiatives, Report for 2011:

• Had 2476 students attend language classes

• Had 717 new students enroll for language classes

• Had 226 students attend Intermediate and Beginner computer classes

• Special Courses were provided in Massage, Photography and IT training

• Distributed over 4000 free articles of clothing to both the Tibetan and local Indian communities

• Opened a new community soup kitchen which provides clean, filtered water and nutritious meals to 40-50 financially disadvantaged people daily.

• Provided an Eye and Dental Care to over 100 Tibetan Refugees

• Organized a mass clean-up program in Mcleod Ganj and on World Environment Day

• Provided recommendation letters to 183 of our students. The Indian Government requires letters from an educational institution as proof from newly arrived refugees that have registered as relocating to India for educational opportunities.

• Worked with 546 new volunteers who donated their valuable time and energy

• Had 315 international visitors enroll in Tibetan Cooking, Tibetan Art, Tibetan Language and Yoga classes.

• Organized Cultural Exchange Programs for 9 University and High School Groups from the USA and France.

 

QUICK FACTS FROM 2003 TO 2011

· Over 4,621 volunteers from 40 different countries have contributed to Lha's work.

More than 1245 foreign visitors have participated in Tibetan cultural programs

Approximately 684 students from international education institutes have participated in the organized cultural exchange program

30,000 free books have been distributed to Tibetan and local Indian schools and libraries

More than 27,345 articles of clothing have been collected and distributed through the donation center

Multi-language courses have benefited over 8,021 people

Computer and IT workshops have helped over 2,000 people

191 free eye check-ups and glasses have been provided for more than 146 people

Over 485 people have attended Lha's yoga classes

More than 160 people have graduated from Lha's massage course

67 people have graduated from Lha's photography course

The Lha Community Soup Kitchen has fed between 35-50 people daily since its opening in July, 2011

 

International Collaboration Saves the Memories of Tibet's Elders

Posted on April 4, 2012 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 

March 26, 2012 - The Tibet Oral History Project and Memoro–The Bank of Memories are working together to share the unique culture and history of Tibet with the world.

 

The Tibet Oral History Project www.TibetOralHistory.org documents the extraordinary lives of exiled Tibetan elders—the last generation to live in a free, unoccupied Tibet—and preserves memories of their homeland for future generations. The Project has already videotaped the eyewitness accounts of 120 elderly Tibetan refugees and this May, their oral history team of Tibetans and Americans will meet in Dharamsala, India, home of the Tibetan government in exile, to videotape 50 more oral histories with the oldest surviving Tibetan elders.

 

When the Dalai Lama was forced to flee Tibet in 1959, an estimated 80,000 Tibetans followed their spiritual leader into exile in India where most now live. The Tibet Oral History Project (TOHP) documents the refugees’ early peaceful life in Tibet and the devastating impact of the Chinese invasion and occupation on their families, livelihood, social structure and religious practices. Now at the ages of 70, 80 or 90, these refugees are the last generation who can describe the rich and ancient traditions of Tibet as an independent country.

 

Now these important stories will reach an even wider audience with the help of Memoro–The Bank of Memories (www.memoro.org), also a non-profit organization, dedicated to collecting the experiences and life stories of people born before 1950. The Memoro website enables the public to upload short audio or video clips of elders’ life stories and provides free distribution of this collection on an international scale.

 

Not only will memories and life stories be preserved, but more importantly they are being shared on a medium, the Internet, that is able to reach young people. Memoro aims to be a bridge between generations, in which they ask to the younger technology savvy generations to become "Memory Hunters", active listeners and sharers of memories from the elderly. This project enables the elders to return to the role of "wisdom holders", which they held just few decades ago.

 

Memoro is also a place where people or organizations already collecting oral histories of elders can easily publish and share all or part of their work and invite visitors to their own website or physical exposition, such as the collaboration now established with the Tibet Oral History Project.

 

Memoro recently archived of TOHP’s 22 short videos from the Tibetan elders’ eyewitness accounts with many more to be added in the future. The special section of Memoro devoted to Tibet will be translated into seven languages for Memoro websites hosted on each continent. TOHP is also making video footage and English transcripts of the oral history interviews available through their own website, the United State Library of Congress and several universities and archives.

 

Memoro invites everyone to help preserve the wisdom culture of Tibet. Anyone living near a community of Tibetan refugees can easily record a Tibetan elder’s story with an iPhone, iPad or Android App and upload the stories directly to Memoro’s website. Visit Memoro’s Tibetan section for more information: http://www.memoro.org/us-en/tibet/.

 

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About the Tibet Oral History Project:

At the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibet Oral History Project was initiated in 2003 by Marcella Adamski, Ph.D to record the early life experiences of Tibetan elders, who were forced to flee their homeland in 1959 following the Chinese invasion and subsequent occupation. The Tibet Oral History Project is a non-profit organization committed to making the elders’ oral history interviews accessible via the Internet in order to share with the world the culture and history of Tibet.

 

About Memoro–The Bank of Memories:

Memoro–The Bank of Memories is a non-profit organization, dedicated to collecting the experiences and life stories of people born before 1950. Established in Turin, Italy, in August 2007, the first website was launched in June 2008 and now the project is active in 14 countries on four continents. Videos on the Memoro website have been viewed more than eight million times since the website launched in 2008.

 

 

Contacts:

 

Tibet Oral History Project, Marcella Adamski, Ph.D., Executive Director

P.O. Box 6464, Moraga, CA 94570-6464 United States

Telephone: +1 415 292 3202 / Fax: +1 925 376 1640

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.tibetoralhistory.org

 

Memoro – The Bank of Memories, Luca Novarino

Banca della Memoria Onlus, via Gualderia, Chieri

Tel: +390110203800 / Fax: +390110203801

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.memoro.org/

Help Tibetan Monks and Nuns to Study in the USA

Posted on April 4, 2012 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Dear Friend of Tibet,

 

His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama has spoken about the revolutionary impact fusing together two great systems of human inquiry--the wisdom tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the scientific and humanistic traditions of the west--will have on humanity.

 

The results of this 'meeting' between the great monastic and spiritual tradition of Tibet and the Himalayas, and the modern, secular world marks a step forward in human development, already yielding new advances in the fields of mental health, neuroscience, psychology and personal transformation.

 

The Tenzin Gyatso Scholars Program makes this vision become a reality.

 

Selecting the best and brightest Tibetan monastic scholars from monasteries in the Himalayas, these remarkable individuals are studying at prestigious universities, where they are having a very real influence in their university environments, bringing their classical Tibetan heritage and concepts into their coursework and the classroom with other students, and touching many, many individuals in lasting and human ways.

 

Help sponsor a qualified Tibetan monk or nun at Smith College, Hampshire College or Emory University. 

 

Help us take advantage of offers from the Pontifical College at the Vatican, the Earth Institute at Columbia University and other schools that want to have a Tenzin Gyatso Scholar bring their classical heritage to their institution.

 

The Scholars represent a unique and creative way to preserve the remarkable spiritual and cultural compassion tradition of Tibet. Learn more. http://www.tenzingyatsoinstitute.org/index.php/the-tenzin-gyatso-scholars-program


We are seeking funds for three Scholars, which will support their accommodations, travel, food, visas and related costs. Recognizing the value of having the Scholars on campus, the schools have waived the normal tuition fees. 

 

Help sponsor a Scholar.

Thank you,

 

David Rand

Executive Director

+1 518 872 1250

 

6 Tips for Giving Like a Pro

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

(reprinted with permission from GiveWell, http://blog.givewell.org Monday, December 19th, 2011)

6 Tips for Giving Like a Pro

By Elie

 

This time of year, just about every news agency publishes an article titled something like “6 tips to give wisely this holiday season.” (Examples here, here, and here.) The advice they give makes sense to a degree – make sure the charity isn’t a scam, check that the CEO’s salary doesn’t account for 90% of the charity’s budget, etc. - but it’s really targeted at someone who’s aiming to not waste his/her money. For donors interested in accomplishing the most good possible with their money, here are 6 tips to help you take your giving to the next level.

1. Be proactive. If you find yourself considering a gift to a charity that called you on the phone, you’ve already lost most of the battle to do as much good as possible. Your dollars will go furthest if you set time aside, think about all your options, and go find the best charity for your values. If you wait for charities to come to you, you’re just rewarding the ones that are most aggressive - not the ones that do the most good.

2. Be open minded about the cause you’re going to support. The amount you can accomplish with your donation varies widely from cause to cause to cause. We’ve written about this before in the context of giving to charities that work overseas instead of those that work domestically.

But, even if you’re not ready to shift your giving that much, you can improve your impact just by broadening your scope. Are you interested in supporting education in the US? Consider organizations that work outside your community as opposed to just considering local ones. Are you interested in supporting your local community? Consider multiple different categories of organization - job training programs, schools, food banks, etc. The more you’re open to different options, the more likely you’ll be to find and support outstanding – not just “acceptable” – organizations.

3. Ask organizations to make a case that their programs work. For example, if you pick a school, ask them why they think they’re improving academic performance for their students; ask them why they think they’re doing a better job than a similar school you could support; ask them for any data they have that supports their case. For more ideas about what to ask, refer to our do-it-yourself charity evaluation questions.

4. Ask organizations how they’d use additional funding. It’s one thing for an organization to have accomplished great things in the past. But, if you’re giving today, you really need to focus on what they’ll do in the future and how your donation (and other future donations) will make a difference.

Some organizations may have a pressing need for funds such that additional money this year will allow them to expand services. Others may already have enough in the bank such that your donation will only grow an already-safe level of reserves. Alternatively, the organization may be so small that money isn’t the bottleneck to expansion, and it can’t effectively expand even with more money.

We call this the concept of room for more funding, and it’s key to GiveWell’s assessment of our top charities.

5. When you give, give cash - no strings attached. You’re just a part-time donor, but the charity you’re supporting does this full-time and staff there probably know a lot more about how to do their job than you do. If you’ve found a charity that you feel is excellent - not just acceptable - then it makes sense to trust the charity to make good decisions about how to spend your money.

6. Check back a year later and see whether the organization met its commitments. When asking about the organizations about their room for more funding or evidence of impact, you (hopefully) heard about plans they had for the coming year. Check back to see how their activities - and results - match up.

These tips may making giving sound like a full time job. We think it is. You can leverage the work we’ve done, and save your own time, with a gift to one of our top charities. But if you’re interested in causes we haven’t been able to cover, the above tips will help you make the most of your generosity.

Dalai Lama to visit Austria

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Subject: WG: Information about His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to Austria in May 2012

From: Tibet Center IIHTS - Office ([email protected])

To: [email protected];

Cc:

Bcc:

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012 5:27 AM

Dear friends,

 

it is a great honor for Tibet Center – I.I.H.T.S., Austria, that His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Austria from May 18 to 26, 2012. During this period His Holiness will give teachings and public talks, and take part in an interreligious dialog and a symposium on Buddhism and Science. In the following please find more detailed information and the program of these events:

 

Friday & Saturday, May 18 & 19: His Holiness will give two-days teachings on The Heart Sutra, Atisha's Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, The Song of the Four Mindfulnesses - Instructions on the View of the Middle and His Holiness will also confer a Medicine Buddha Empowerment in the City of Klagenfurt, Carinthia.

 

Sunday, May 20: His Holiness will give a public talk on “The Art of Happiness” in the City of Klagenfurt, Carinthia.

 

Monday, May 21: His Holiness will give a Keynote speech "World Peace and Universal Responsibility" in the morning and will participate in an Interreligious Dialog "Harmony in Diversity" in the afternoon in the City of Salzburg.

 

Friday, May 25: His Holiness will give a public talk "Beyond Religion - Ethics and Human Values in Today's Society" in the afternoon in the City of Vienna.

 

Saturday, May 26: His Holiness will participate in a day-long Symposium on Buddhism and Science "Mind and Matter - New Models of Reality" in the City of Vienna.

 

For further information and ticket reservation please visit our Websites: www.tibetcenter.at and www.dalailama.at

 

Office of Tibet Center - I.I.H.T.S.

International Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies

Reiftanzplatz 1, A-9375 Hüttenberg, Austria

Tel. +43 (0) 4263 20084, Fax +43 (0) 4263 20084 50

[email protected]

www.tibetcenter.at

www.dalailama.at


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