In 1959, the invasion of Tibet forced thousands of Tibetans to flee their country. Monasteries and schools were destroyed, and Tibetans lost nearly all their books, art, and teachers. Fleeing over the high mountain passes into India, over 100,000 Tibetans sought refuge.

Today, Tibetan people are still living in exile, cut off from their own land and traditions. They have no means to reproduce the sacred texts that were once the foundation of Tibetan culture.  

The great heritage of Tibetan civilization is at risk of extermination. Without intensive educational efforts, Tibetan culture may not survive into the next generation.

You can help us restore books to the Tibetan refugee community.  Learn more.


Beyond the beliefs of any religion, there is the truth of the human spirit.

Beyond the power of nations, there is the power of the human heart.

-- Tarthang Tulku