Explore.org

Here’s a short film recently released by Explore.org that was sent to me. The video documents some key aspects of Tibetan history and culture.

Explore.org is a philanthropic project that showcases the extraordinary works of non-profits around the world. Explore.org’s multimedia library consists of short documentary films, world-class photographic galleries, and original interviews with inspirational NGO leaders and local heroes.

This Tibet Special is the result of a fact-finding mission that took place in April 2006. On that visit Explore gave a grant to the Dickey Orphanage, which was used toward building their new home on the road to Drepung Monastery.

See Video Here: http://explore.org/explore/tibet

Journey with the Explore team to the spiritual city of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. See Potala Palace, the traditional winter home of the Dalai Lama and a pilgrimage destination for thousands of Buddhists. Listen to the sounds of monks practicing the art of debate at the Sera Monastery, and witness the many ways in which new technologies are changing the Tibetan cultural landscape.

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  1. Dawa

    Thats an interesting video, the Tibetan translation kind of tapers off from a good one into not so good translation. The sudden change of scenery and topic is weird and maybe exhibits the surreality that the reporter was experiencing. I was hoping to visit Lhasa in my lifetime after seeing the spirituality and the next minute, the kids speaking in Chinese made me feel sad.

    Can’t speak Tibetan in Tibet.
    Can’t hear Ottawa in Ottawa,
    Can’t see Massachussets in Massachussets,
    Only space and temporal in between,

    Such is the state of the world,
    Greed is lauded
    Simplicity is cursed
    Kindness is damned.

    How is Buddhism being preserved in Tibet with the populace, especially the young ones not speaking and communicating in Tibetan. The few monks and nuns shown in the video and in Tibet presently is like a molecular or even quark fragment of the Buddhist practitioners that used to exist in Tibet before the Chinese came.

    The biggest loss to Tibet because of Chinese invasion is the loss of Buddhism in Tibetan hearts. That is one of the major reason that His Holiness keeps on insisting for autonomy under Chinese rule despite the heartache that most Tibetans feel. Without the Tibetan Buddhist culture, we might as well assimilate into the Chinese machine and at least benefit materially and partake in its quest for global dominance by sheer force, greed and short sighted desires.

    Dawa (sorry for the pessimistic ranting, will be more cheerful next time)

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