About this site

My aims for this site is to create a place where people from a varying of viewpoints can discuss or inform themselves on anything concerning Tibet.

If you wish to contribute to the site, request something to be posted, or comment on the site, you can feel free to contact me through my email which can be found in my profile. If you are also interested in a topic or issue and want more information to be posted about it, then you can request it by emailing me as well.


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  1. Hello, my name is Fiona and I have just come across your site and think its really well written and really informative. I have spent alot of time in Amdo and would like to tell you about a grassroots project that I am fundraising for called Trees for Tibet.. On July 24th I am walking 800 km across the North of Spain to raise money for a village in East Tibet that I know very well. Their land and way of life is under great threat from desertification so they need 40,000 trees planted each year over the next 5 years.
    One pound will allow them to plant 100 trees !! I am writing to organisations who understand and respect the value of trees but also perhaps the problems that Tibet faces.I would be so grateful for any donation big or small from anyone. I have created a blog with details and pictures called http://treesfortibet.blogspot.com.
    Thank you so much for your time, Fiona

  2. tenzing kalsang

    tashi delek jigme la,

    i was wondering if you had any information on birthday celebration in tibetan culture and in tibet. I am working on an ethnographic project and my topic is tibetan brithday celebration in new york as a rising addition to the tibetan culture and identity. Do you have any information regarding birthday celebration specific to the tibetan culture, that is culturally tibetan or if we even actually celebrate it? it would be really helpful, if you could also give me your insights on it.

    thank you
    Tenzin Kalsang

  3. Hi Tenzing la,

    Here’s some information I was able to get from a friend:

    “I remember one of my Tibetan teacher at school that they do celebrate birthdays but I think it is mainly a social thing with the aristocrats and those in the higher social ladder celebrating it and no the common folks. He said they say something like “Sho Sampa Dup” to the one we say “Happy Birthday”. Sampa Dup means “What ever you think will be fulfilled”. The person should contact elder folks in our community to learn more. I wouldn’t be surprised if that is an outside influence such as some of the upper class people venturing beyond Tibet and British diplomats in Tibet. For common folks, there is no way that we celebrate Birthdays as no one would remember when someone was born except the season-for example something like “you were born when we were irrigating the fields” or something like that. My mother told me the same as well. Actually my mother and father had different years for my birthday-forget about birth date!!

    In my part of Tibet-Dhingri, everyone turns a year older at Losar. In exile, birthdays have cropped up. However I think it is strictly restricted to children especially babies-their first birthday etc. I find it rare for elders to be celebrating their birthdays. Younger generations especially those born in the West or who immigrated young might celebrate as they acquire the host country culture where birthdays are essential celebration of passage of life.

    As we all know, we of course celebrate important religious figures’ birthdays such as Buddha, His Holiness and some other Lamas.”

    I hope this info helps you in your project,

  4. This is for Mr.Tenzing Kalsang, I do not believe we celebrate Birthdays as in Tibet you are one year old as soon as you are born, which is called birth year(Kye-lo). The only thing parents have to remember is name of the year which is represented by 12 animals. So you always end up a year older then you really are. And those of us who born in tibet and come to foreign country are to tell our age a year younger than what our parents told. But a lot of younger people cut even a lot more than a year to make themselves fell younger. Now in the west it is a major problem as you can not retire at 65 because you have cheated yourself. This may help at all but might want to know. FREE TIBET.

  5. Tenzin Tsokey

    Tashi Delek Jigme la,

    I am a University student in India, and I came across your site while I was searching some critical informations about ” The Epic of Gesar”… As I am doing a small research on this Epic focusing rather on “the role of Dukmo” in this Epic. So if there is any productive idea that you could share me, it would be really helpful. Thanks.

  6. Sonam

    Those Tibetan children who are growing up in the western countries need to think, talk and act with close relation with elder Tibetans who we are . Right now, the greatest threat we are facing is degeneration of Tibetan language which is the core foundation of Tibetan culture. Any national or ethnic is best represented by language whey speak. All Tibetan culture things are solely based on our language. facially we look like native people or other Asian people. Being Tibetan is best represented by our Tibetan language (Bhokai). All growing Tibetan children must speak Tibetan among themselves when they meet instead of speaking Nepalese, HIndi or English.

    Preserve and promote Tibetan language in order to regain our nation and continue our struggle.

    By Bhomi Tsangma

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