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Videotaping the Life Stories of Elderly Tibetan Refugees in Nepal

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 2:50 PM

MORAGA, CALIFORNIA, USA (March 4, 2015) – The Tibet Oral History Project is travelling to Nepal in April to videotape the life stories of some of the most aged Tibetans still with us. This oral history endeavor is urgent. The elders who can recount what Tibet was like before fleeing after the Chinese invasion are now in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. The elders’ eyewitness accounts ensure that the wisdom culture and true history of Tibet will not be forgotten, but will instead be preserved for generations to come.

The Tibet Oral History Project (TOHP) has often been encouraged to document the stories of Tibet’s elders living in the Kathmandu area. As one Tibetan welfare officer said, “There is a sizable Tibetan population in Nepal, most of whom arrived shortly after Tibet’s occupation and now are quite elderly. There are many varied and rich stories that need to be documented before we lose these elders.” Because they found refuge close to their beloved Tibet, these seniors will be able to describe family traditions, local customs, and spiritual practices undiluted by travel to distant refugee settlements.

This important mission in Nepal will document eyewitness accounts of Tibet’s vibrant culture, unique traditions, language, and cherished Buddhist religion. The videos and interview transcripts will be accessible worldwide to persons interested in Tibet through various media, including the Internet and Radio Free Asia. TOHP will also distribute the collection to the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in India, the U.S. Library of Congress, and 20 university libraries and Tibetan refugee communities around the world.

These new interviews from Nepal will be added to the 226 oral histories of Tibetan elders living in exile in India and in the United States, which are already in TOHP’s collection. Interview transcripts and video clips can be found online at www.tibetoralhistory.org and on YouTube. The project’s efforts are endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, and the Kashag (Tibetan Cabinet) along with many other Tibetan organizations.

Interviewee Thupten Chonphel, age 72, told TOHP, “If I had education, I should put my story in writing. However, I can neither write nor speak well, so it could not be done. Today you have given me a great opportunity to tell my life experiences and I am very grateful to you. I feel I have received a golden opportunity.”

This complex and costly endeavor to interview elders in Nepal will only be possible with the support of individuals worldwide. To learn more about TOHP’s mission to Nepal and how you can contribute, visit the Nepal campaign webpage at http://igg.me/at/tohp.


About the Tibet Oral History Project:

One the advice 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 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.


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: info@tibetoralhistory.org

Website: www.tibetoralhistory.org

XXV Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 9:05 AM

14th Sakyadhita International Conference

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 2:15 PM

"Compassion and Social Justice"

Buddhist women have made many contributions to the spiritual and material well-being of human society.  Now they are poised to play an even greater role in shaping a just and peaceful world.  The next Sakyadhita conference will highlight the connections between spiritual cultivation, social transformation, and gender justice.

Indonesia is home to some of Asia's oldest Buddhist cultural monuments, dating back as early as the seventh century.  Today, Buddhist communities are found in central Java, Sumatra, Bali, and islands throughout the archipelago.  Buddhist cultural elements mix freely with indigenous cultural forms to create a colorful tapestry of sounds, images, and ideas.

We warmly invite you to join this rich Dharma festival in June 2015.  Gather together with like-minded friends to celebrate Buddhist women's potential and envision a more just and compassionate world.  Learn and practice the skills we all need to change ourselves, change the world, and create a healthy future.  Visit Borobudur and other stunning cultural legacies - Indonesia's spectacular contributions to our shared Buddhist heritage!


A Benefit for SEVA

Posted on January 12, 2015 at 9:35 PM

Last year SEVA FOUNDATION had it's 1st Annual Yoga for Sight Day on June 1. This year's event will be held May 9 & 10 and we need your help getting the word out to anyone you know in any city or state who may be interested in holding a class. This is a benefit for Seva, and a great way to let people know about our work restoring sight and preventing blindness. If you are a student, a teacher or own a studio we'd love your participation. Please contact Andy Sharkey at asharkey@seva.org. Thank you.

3rd annual Empathy & Compassion Conference

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Save the Dates...

Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA.
November 13 - 14, 2014

We are excited to announce the 3rd annual Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference.

Registration opens April 15, 2014

Go to www.compassioninsociety.org for more information.

Surmang Foundation Update

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM

If You Want to Save a Culture...Save a Mother.

Surmang Foundation has become legally registered in Qinghai Province as the Qinghai Nomadic Health Association.  Registration was done with the active help of the Qinghai Government, and our two most pro-active supporters, Mr. Deng Haiping and Dr. Xiao Jiugha.  Dr. Xiao, a Khampa Tibetan, is the retired Director, Yushu Prefecture Public Health Bureau.

Surmang Foundation has also been awarded a grant of as much as $180,000 from the Danish Chamber of Commerce China.  The funds will be raised by their annual Charity Ball in February 2014.  The grant supports the installation of 5 modern delivery centers at the Surmang Clinic, and 4 Yushu Township Hospitals; Mauzhuang, Xialaxu, Xiewu and Longbao.

The grant also supports both the training of township physicians in obstetrics and gynecology and also the enhanced connection between nomadic and farming women, village providers and the township hospitals.

For more information visit their website at:  www.surmang.org

New Oral Histories of Tibetan Elders

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 8:30 PM

New Oral Histories of Tibetan Elders from Bylakuppe, India

February 3, 2014 - The Tibet Oral History Project (TOHP) accomplished a very successful mission in the Bylakuppe and Hunsur Tibetan Settlements where they videotaped 25 oral histories from December 22 to January 6, 2014.  The focus of this endeavor was to interview revered teachers, lamas and rinpoches who were attending the teachings given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  To this end, 18 of the 25 interviewees were individuals with a religious or monastic background.  The average age of the interviewees was 79, although also interviewed was a younger monk, who gave testimoney at the Spanish High Court which tried Chinese government officials for human rights abuses.

TOHP is grateful to the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for being given the opportunity to meet with His Holiness on December 29th and to present His Holiness with interview transcripts and DVDs from previous interviews.  His Holiness expressed warm appreciation for TOHP's efforts and graciously offered to hold one of the volumes for a photo with TOHP's team.  The team was honored to also meet and receive the blessing of the 102nd Gaden Tripa Thubten Nyma Lungtok Tenzin Norbu, spiritual leader of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.

TOHP wishes to express gratitutde to the Tibetan eldeers who shared their stories.  Their interviews provided intriguing descriptions of age old Tibetan culture and monastic traditions.  Many elders bravely dealt with painful memories in relating their eyewitness accounts of tragic events around the invasion and subsequent occupation of their country.  The elders were thankful for the opportunity to preserve Tibet's history by recording what they had seen with their "own eyes" and to express their hopes for Tibet and the preservation of the Buddha dharma, which enabled them to survive.

Among the notable spiritual leaders, TOHP was honored to record the early monastic educational experiences of Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, former Prime Minister of the Tibet government-in-exile.  TOHP was also fortunate to videotape the fascinating and historically significant account by Arjia Rinpoche, who described in detail who the Chinese installed a government-appointed Panchen Lama.  Another interviewee was a Tibet resistance fighter trained by the CIA in Colorado, who was parachuted into a remote area in the Himalayas where the Tibetans were trying to ward off the invasion of Chinese troops.

The Tibet Oral History Project's most hearfelt gratitude is to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who advised that the stories of Tibet's elders be recorded before they were lost forever.  TOHP's commitment has been to follow His Holiness's advice and, as he requested, to make the oral histories known worldwide through the Internet and to translate them into Chinese.  To date TOHP has documented 209 oral histories of Tibetan elders, posted 120 interview transcripts on the Internet, sent the available transcribed collection to 12 libraries around the world such as the US Library of Congress, Oxford and Stanford Universities, the University of California, Berkeley and the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India.  Some interview video excerpts are now available in Chinese on TOHP's website and on YouTube with plans to translate more in the future.

This endeavor and its follow-up work of transcribing the interviews and publishing them on the Internet has been made possible by the financial support provided by the International Campaign for Tibet's Rowell Fund, the Firedoll Foundation and the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, as well as individual donors.

About the Tibet Oral History Project:  On the advice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibet Oral History Project was initiated in 2003 by Marcella Adamski, PhD to record the early life experiences of Tibetan elders, who were foreced 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 elder's oral history interviews accessible via the Internet in order to share with the world the culture and history of Tibet.

To learn more about the Tibet Oral History Project visit their website at:  www.tibetoralhistory.org

Help Children in the Himalayas

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Help a Child in Kathmandu!

Care Himalayan Region, a non-political, non-religious, not for profit NGO, is seeking help for underpriviledged children from remote regions of the Himalayas.  Care Himalayan Region (CHR) provides these children with shelter, food, clothing, basic medical care and education at their school in Kathmandu.

Passang Dhondup Lama, founder of CHR, was born in Nepal, attended a Tibetan primary school in Rasuwa and secondary school in Kathmandu.  He gained a place at Tribuwan University where he completed a degree in sociology and economics.  After graduation Passang eventually took a position with the Himalayan Children's Foundation where he worked for 8 years.  It was here that his dream to provide an education for underprivileged children was born and he founded CHR in 2007.

Passang established the Conscience Primary School, an English language based school for rural children who cannot afford to attend the private English language school in Kathmandu.  This is a full support program with boarding facilities for 28 children.  CHR works to include both Nepali and Tibetan children in its work.  Students arrive at the school when they are between 5 and 7 years of age.  There the staff of CHR works hard to provide the best care possible for the children...caring for them as if they were their own.

Would you like to spend a few hours, a day, a week, working in a small primary school in Kathmandu?  Do you enjoy bringing fun and learning to kids, hearing their laughter, enjoying their friendship?  CHR can arrange for volunteers traveling in Nepal to spend some time at the school running a program and activities in any of the following areas:

Teaching English: games, jokes, puzzles, conversation, reading and writing, rhymes and finger plays, some thinking skills.
Music and Instrument Tuition:  Playing western instruments including the recorder.  CD players are available for inspiring music and dance.
Art and Crafts: papers, scissors, fabric glues and makiing collage pictures and art works.
Sewing:  Making beautiful flower decorations, sewing international flags on a piec of cotton cloth.
Computer Skills Training:  Giving computer skills on power point, word and excel.
Marine life:  Displaying interesting and beautiful sea animal shells and teaching the children about marine life.

Please help CHR fulfill their project wish list for 2014:

Sponsorship for one child per year:  US$ 360.00
Computers - 6: US$ 3789.00
School Supplies for 28 kids:  US$194.00
School Uniform for 28 kids:  US$250.00
Solar, Inverter Battery Backup Lights:  US$1578.00
Farming and Gardening:  $1052.00
Playground well equipped:  US$684.00
Table and Benches:  US$289.00
Water Filter and Pump:  US$1263.00
Television and DVD Player 1 set:  US$1578.00
Library Books:  US$1684.00
Drainage and Sanitation:  US$842.00
Two Homes (Boys & Girls), Dining and Kitchen:  US$10,526.00

If you would like to know more about the work of Care Himalayan Region - Conscience Primary School or would like to sponsor a child in Nepal or contribute to any of the project wish list 2014 then please contact them at:

Care Himalayan Region, GPO Box: 1710, Boudha -6, Mahankal, Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone: 4360862 or Mobile 9841264291

or visit their website at www.carehimalayan-nepal.org

Tibet House US Benefit Concert

Posted on February 2, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Travel to Tibet!

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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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