EXCHANGE

Kham is considered the wild west of Tibet, inhabited mostly by nomads, the rugged mountains are not hospitable to any other way of life. Tours to the region are quite rare, yet as roads are built, the area is seeing rapid change. This is your chance to connect with some of the most resilient people on the earth. Trips are led by Meg Ferrigno (Pema Lhamo), student of Ayang and Garchen Rinpoche, who lived in nangchen from 2004-2008 has been leading trips to the area for the last three years. She leads the trips not only to share the precious wisdom of Tibet and expose people to its sacred spirit, but also to show the Tibetans how valued and respected their culture is by the outside world. Meg voluntarily leads the tours to raise funds for the Pureland Project. Jamyang, a Tibetan writer and ASIA foundation translator co-leads the trips.

 

EDUCATION

Education is a cornerstone for peace and freedom. The nomads of Tibet have a strong tradition of natural world knowledge which they pass through informal educational sharing. As the need for written literacy arose, community members requested the construction of formal schools, and four were built. These schools have graduated  over a hundred students, about half of whom continue on to middle and high school, the other half choosing to become monks, nuns or nomads. Without these local schools, students have to travel to Chinese-language boarding schools, where they are taught none of their traditional knowledge.  The Chinese government has recognized the benefit these schools bring to nomadic communities, and has asked us to continue our work educating nomad children.

 

ECOLOGY

Tibet is not only a spiritually sacred land, it is also an area of great ecological importance. The Plateau is the source of most of Asia’s water, as well as host to numerous endangered species. Having built a culture that is in balance with nature, Tibetan nomadic communities have lived in an ecologically sustainable way for centuries. As temperatures rise and glaciers melt, however, Tibetan nomads are left with fewer and fewer grasslands on which to graze their animals. Nomadic culture is now not only threatened by globalised consumer culture, it is also endangered by climate change.