Heart in Tibet

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

Cultural Preservation (Art, Music, Architecture, Language)

Chaksam-Pa, Tibetan Dance and Opera Company
Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture

Cultural-India Foundation

Manjushree Center of Tibetan Culture
The Ngak Mang Institute
Norbulingka Institute
Northwest Tibetan Cultural Center
The Plateau Music Project
The Tara Cafe Project
Tibet Foundation
Tibet Heritage Fund
Tibet House Cultural Center - NY
Tibet Oral History Project
Tibetan Aid Project
Tibetan Alliance of Chicago
Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas
Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA)
Tibetan Language Institute
Wisconsin Tibetan Association
Yeshe De Project

Chaksam-pa

Chaksam-pa is a non-profit, traditional Tibetan performing group, based in the San Francisco Bay area of California.  Chaksam-pa offers performances of Tibetan drama, music and dance, fosters the appreciation of Tibetan culture, provides support and training to young Tibetans and initiates cultural exchange programs.  The bridges we build now are those of cultural exchange, sharing the unique, but threatened, traditions of Tibet with audiences and artists around the world.

Contact Information:

Chaksam-pa, Tibetan Dance & Opera Company

Address:  6615 Schmidt Lane #14, El Cerrito, CA 94530

Phone:  (415) 341-2600

Website:  http://www.chaksampa.org/

E-mail:  chaksampa(at)yahoo.com  

Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture

To preserve a millennium of culural heritage the Conservancy works in remote and sensitive areas on the Tibetan plateau to identify, document, and help protect historically and culturally significant pilgrimage sites, shrines, monasteries, nunneries, artwork and rare texts.  Believing that preserving living culture is part of a broader holistic process encompassing both the economic and social needs of indigenous people, the Conservancy aims to provide culturally specific education and training programs for lay people and monastic communities in coordination with international and local development efforts.

Contact Information:

Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture
Website:  http://www.himalayanculture.org/

Cultural-India Foundation

The Cultural-India Foundation is an organization with its membership spread across India.  It has been created with a sole idea, that the people of Indian and Tibetan origin will whole heartedly appreciate the spirit and culture of the two ancient civilizations.  The organization has to its credit a series of events which resulted in amalgamation of two similar but very different art forms.

Contact Information:

Cultural-India Foundation

Phone:  +91 9873225013

Website:   http://culturalindiafoundation.org/index.html

E-mail:   info(at)culturalindiafoundation.org

Manjushree Center of Tibetan Culture

The Manjushree Center of Tibetan Culture of Darjeeling, India was founded on the 14th of August 1988 by a small group of dedicated individuals.  The Manjushree Center focus is the preservation and promotion of Tibetan heritage, language, culture and tradition.  It is a purely non-political, non-profit organization.

Contact Information:

Manjushree Center of Tibetan Culture

Address:  12 Gandhi Road, Darjeeling 734101, West Bengal, India

Phone:  +91-354-2252977, 2256714, 2252354, 2254159, 2272457

Website:  http://www.manjushree-culture.org/

E-mail:  slg_mctc1988(at)sancharnet.in  

The Ngak Mang Institute

The Ngak Mang Institute was developed as a worldwide non-profit in 2000.  Its mission is to preserve the cultural and non-monastic spiritual Ngakpa Tibetan tradition in modern society.  The Ngak Mang Institute spearheads and supports programs contributing to the preservation, development, and sustainability of Tibetan society for future generations.

Contact Information:

The Ngak Mang Institute

Website:

E-mail:  ngakmangusa(at)gmail.com

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Norbulingka Institute

Continuing Tibetan Heritage
Norbulingka is about keeping alive centuries old Tibetan traditions in content, form, and process by providing apprenticeships in traditional Tibetan art forms and making Tibetan experience accessible for contemporary lifestyle.

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Norbulingka focuses on design, meaning, and quality. Every product has a story to tell through its materials, processes, and themes. From raw material to finished product, Norbulingka is about care and tradition.

Community + Sustainability

Norbulingka is a community of artisans that fuels a sustainable business model with a strong social mission: keeping Tibetan culture alive by training people for the future. Currently, more than 300 people work at Norbulingka.

Norbulingka is the heart of Tibetan culture.

Contact Information:

Norbulingka Institute

Address:  PO Sidhpur, (Nr Dharamsala), Distt. Kangra, H.P. 176057, India

Phone:  +91 1892 246405

Website:  http://www.norbulingka.org/

E-mail:  info(at)norbulingka.org

Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association

Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association (NWTCA) is a registered non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, established in 1993 to create a spiritual and cultural home for the Tibetans living in Oregon and Southwest Washington.  Our main objective is to preserve and promote the rich ancient culture and tradition of Tibet.  NWTCA organizes various programs and events for Tibetans, while interacting with the greater Northwest community to promote awareness about the Tibetan culture and reinforce His Holiness the Dalai Lama's message of global peace and compassion.

Contact Information:

Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association (NWTCA)

Address:  P.O. Box 13120, Portland, OR  97213 -or- 6225 NE Stanton St., Portland, OR 97213

Phone:  (503) 222-7172 (office hours vary please call ahead)

Fax:  (503) 222-1582

Website:  http://www.nwtca.org/  

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The Plateau Music Project

The Plateau Music Project (formerly known as the Tibetan Endangered Music Project) was founded in order to preserve endangered songs on the Tibetan Plateau.  Most of this music will disappear in the next decade.  Our members, all local volunteers from the English Training Program at Qinghai Normal University, Qinghai Province, PR China, have since 2005 recorded more than 500 Tibetan traditional songs.

Contact Information:

The Plateau Music Project
Website:  http://bridgefund.org/the-plateau-music-project/

The Tara Cafe Project

The Tara Cafe Project promotes the cultural continuity of Tibetan music.  Live performances, recordings, and film documentation involving Tibetan artists, both inside Tibet and in exile, are supported.  The Tara Cafe Project also supports the education of Tibetan children in eastern Tibet through their Tibetan Kids' Education Fund. 

Contact Information:

The Tara Cafe Project

Contact:  Karen McDiarmid, Director

Address:  P.O. Box 105, Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L1A2

Website:  http://www.taracafeproject.ca/

E-mail:  info(at)taracafeproject.ca

The Tibet Foundation

The Tibet Foundation was established in 1985 with the aims of providing health care, education and social economic support for people of Tibetan origin, both those living in exile, and those living in Tibet itself.  It provides facilities to create a greater awareness of Tibetan culture and works to ensure its preservation, also to make available the thoughts and ideas of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, spreading his message of peace and harmony.

Contact Information:

The Tibet Foundation

Address:  2 St. James's Market, London, SW1Y 4SB, United Kingdom

Phone:  +44 (0) 207 930 6001

Fax:  +44 207 930 6002

Website:  http://www.tibet-foundation.org/

E-mail:  office(at)tibet-foundation.org

Tibet Heritage Fund

Tibet Heritage Fund (THF) is an international non-profit organization committed to preservation of architectural heritage in general and Tibetan heritage in particular, and to improvement of the lives of people living in traditional and historic settlements through sustainable development.  THF also promotes environmentally and climate sensitive architecture.

Contact Information:

Tibet Heritage Fund (THF)

Phone: Beijing +86-10-64049531, Ladakh +91-250175

Website:  http://www.tibetheritagefund.org/

E-mail:  info(at)tibetheritagefund.org  

Tibet House US

Tibet House US is dedicated to preserving Tibet's unique culture at a time when it is confronted with extinction on its own soil.  By presenting Tibetan civilization and its profound wisdom, beauty, and special art of freedom to the people of the world, we hope to inspire others to join the effort to protect and save it.  Tibet House US is part of a worldwide network of Tibetan institutions committed to ensuring that the light of the Tibetan spirit never disappears from the face of this earth.

Contact Information:

Tibet House US

Address:  22 West 15th, St., New York, NY 10011, U.S.A. 

Phone:  (212) 807-0563

Fax:  (212) 807-0565

Website:  http://www.tibethouse.org/  

 
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Tibet Oral History Project

The goal of the Tibet Oral History Project is to document the life stories of Tibetan elders living in exile, and to disseminate that information through print, broadcast media and the Internet for the purpose of education and preservation of the culture and history of Tibet. 

Contact Information:

Tibet Oral History Project

Address:  P.O. Box 6464, Moraga, CA  94570-6464, U.S.A.

Phone:  (415) 292-3202

Fax:  (925) 376-1640

Website:  http://www.tibetoralhistory.org/

E-mail:  info(at)tibetoralhistory.org

The Tibetan Aid Project

The Tibetan Aid Project rebuilds, preserves, strengthens, and perpetuates Tibet's cultural and spiritual heritage for the benefit of the Tibetan people and all humanity.  Our primary program funds the production, shipment, and distribution of sacred texts, art, and prayer wheels for donation to institutions and individuals in the Himalayan region.

Contact Information:

Tibetan Aid Project

Address:  2210 Harold Way, Berkeley, CA?, U.S.A.

Phone:  (510) 848-4238, (800) 338-4238

Website:  http://www.tibetanaidproject.org/

E-mail:  tap(at)tibetanaidproject.org

The Tibetan Alliance of Chicago

The Tibetan Alliance of Chicago (TAC) was originally founded as the Tibetan Resettlement Project Chicago in 1992.  It was formed to work for the welfare of the Tibetans residing in the city of Chicago and/or state of Illinois.  The Tibetan Alliance shall endeavor to preserve the unique culture and religion of Tibet.  Toward this end, the members of the Alliance shall practice, learn and teach Tibetan culture and religion to its members

Contact Information:

Tibetan Alliance of Chicago

Address:  2422 Dempster St., Evanston, Illinois 60202, U.S.A.

Phone:  (847) 773-1111

Website:  http:// www.tibetan-alliance.org  

The Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas

The Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas is dedicated to helping the Tibetan people preserve their culture within the global village.  The institute pursues its objectives through education, through providing the public with teachings, demonstrations, exhibits, lectures, films and study trips.  The institute also provides financial support to supplement the living and teaching expenses of Geshe Dorjee and other visiting monks and scholars; works to bring visiting teachers and scholars to the University of Arkansas and the broader Northwest Arkansas communities; provides ongoing financial support to the Minyak Khangtsen house of Drepung Loseling Monastery; helps to provide educational supplies and resources to Tibetan refugee children in India; and fosters and supports the University of Arkansas' Tibetan in Exile Today program.  TCIA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Contact Information:

The Tibetan Cultural Institute of Arkansas

Contact:  Prof. Sidney Burris  (479) 575-2509  Ven. Geshe Thupten Dorjee  (479) 790-7950

Address:  P.O. Box 269, Fayetteville, AR  72702-0269, U.S.A.

Website:  http://www.artibet.com/

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The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts

The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) is the premiere exile institute entrusted with the responsibility of preserving and promoting Tibet's unique tradition of performing arts.  TIPA is a vibrant and creative institute, based in Dharamsala, north India.  The institute has 112 members, including artists, instructors, administrative staff and craftsmen, all of whom live on the institute's premises.  The members work with a clear sense of direction towards the preservation of our ancient culture.

Contact Information:

Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA)

Address:  P.O. McLeod Ganj, Distt. Kangra, Dharmasala 176219, India

Phone:  +91-1892-221478/220587/220710

Fax:  +91-1892-221033

Website: 

E-mail:  tipadhasa(at)hotmail.com  

The Tibetan Language Institute

The Tibetan Language Institute was founded on the belief that Tibetan language study is essential for the preservation of Tibetan culture, a vibrant world heritage whose message is peace.  On a smaller but not less important scale, learning even a little Tibetan provides a deeply rewarding mean for the individual Dharma practitioner to enrich Dharma practice.  TLI strives to create opportunities wherein both goals can be realized.

Contact Information:

The Tibetan Language Institute

Contact:  David Curtis 

Address:  P.O. Box 2037, Hamilton, Montana 59840, U.S.A.

Phone:  (406) 961-5131

Website:  http://www.tibetanlanguage.org/

E-mail:  info(at)tibetanlanguage.org

Wisconsin Tibetan Association

Wisconsin Tibetan Association (WTA) is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization established after the arrival of the first group of Tibetan immigrants to Madison as a part of the US Tibetan Resettlement project.  The purpose of the Association is to improve human rights in Tibet and to assist the settlement of Tibetan exiles and refugees, particularly those in Wisconsin.

Contact Information:

Wisconsin Tibetan Association (WTA)

Address:  P.O. Box 5406, Madison, Wisconsin 53705, U.S.A.

Website:  http://www.wistib.org/

E-mail:  wta(at)wistib.org

The Yeshe De Project

The Yeshe De Project is Dharma Publishing's ongoing effort to reprint sacred Tibetan texts that survived the Chinese occupation of Tibet.  Dharma Publishing publishes art reproductions and books that bring insight and inspiration to people throughout the world.  It does business under 'Mudranalaya', a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.

Contact Information:

The Yeshe De Project

Address:  Dharma Publishing, 35788 Hauser Bridge Rd., Cazadero, CA  95421, U.S.A.

Phone:  1 (800) 873-4276, (707) 847-3717

Website:  http://www.dharmapublishing.com/

E-mail:  contact(at)dharmapublishing.com