Tibetan Settlements

Trees For Tibet Success

After three years of close collaboration with the Tibetan Exile Government, the Himalayan Institute is proud to be fully transitioning management of the Trees for Tibet program to local leadership in the Tibetan settlements of South India. More than 25,000 pongamia trees have been planted in three communities thanks to the combined efforts of Tibetan [...]

February 2nd, 2012|Tibetan Settlements|

Making Doje

To promote our Trees for Tibet campaign, we created a short stop-motion animation about a Tibetan farmer named Doje. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of that video: http://vimeo.com/20061816 If you never got a chance to "Meet Doje," check out the video here: http://vimeo.com/18752788 Making a difference is easy. Start by [...]

February 21st, 2011|Tibetan Settlements|

Prana Yoga Supports Trees for Tibet

In April 23–25, 2010, Prana Yoga, in Miami, hosted Living Tantra Part 1: Tantric Tradition and Techniques with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. “We had a great time!” said Dona Piza, owner of Prana Yoga. “We brought people from everywhere: the Caribbean and from all over the US. Most people just know asana, so Living Tantra was [...]

December 20th, 2010|Tibetan Settlements|

Distributing Pongamia Seedlings

After many months spent establishing a successful demonstration plot and nursery, the Himalayan Institute has finally begun to put Pongamia pinnata tree seedlings into the hands of Tibetan farmers. Over the past two weeks, 3,000 ready-to-plant seedlings were distributed in 12 villages. In general, the biggest obstacle to success in tree plantation projects is getting [...]

November 1st, 2010|Tibetan Settlements|

Rabgayling Settlement Update

The Rabgayling Settlement is a small community of just a few thousand residents, most of whom are farmers. While walking to and from the farms, people greet each other with a salute-like wave and broad smiles. In a small town like this, everyone knows everyone else and the community operates based on the trust built [...]

September 2nd, 2010|Energy Farming, Tibetan Settlements|

Expansion of Energy Farming Program in South India

Due to overwhelming community support, 20,000 more pongamia seedlings are being cultivated in the Tibetan settlements of Rabgayling and Bylakuppe. The plants will be distributed next planting season to local farmers who’ve expressed interest in the Himalayan Institute’s Energy Farming program. These small seedlings represent the start of a new sustainable industry for the Tibetans [...]

June 28th, 2010|Energy Farming, Tibetan Settlements|

HI Members Plant Pongamia in Bylakuppe Settlement

As part of a larger spiritual excursion to some of India’s holiest sites, Himalayan Institute members traveled to the Bylakuppe Tibetan refugee settlement in southern Karnataka. There, in the Institute’s pongamia nursery, they volunteered and strengthened the partnership between the HI and the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Tibet’s government-in-exile. The group toured the settlement’s Energy [...]

June 7th, 2010|India, Tibetan Settlements|

2009 Major Activities and Timeline

For the Himalayan Institute Humanitarian Initiatives, 2009 was an exciting and very busy year. Here is a timeline of major events: HI Cameroon Himalayan Institute Cameroon HI Tibetan Settlements Himalayan Institute & Tibetan Partnership HI India Himalayan Institute India HI Mexico Himalayan Institute Mexico January HI Tibetan Settlements An in-depth planning trip is made to [...]

January 4th, 2010|Cameroon, India, Mexico, Tibetan Settlements|

Khen Rinpoche Visits Honesdale

This past month the Himalayan Institute was honored to host Khen Rinpoche Tsetan, abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in southern India. The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, who is the second-highest-ranking lama after the Dalai Lama. Following up on Tibetan Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche's visit to the Himalayan Institute [...]

December 7th, 2009|Tibetan Settlements|

Local Community Shows Support for Energy Farming at the Tibetan Settlements

Due to the heavy rains of the monsoon season, the 20-acre Himalayan Institute Energy Farming demonstration site at the Tibetan Rabgayling Settlement was completely overgrown with grass. This threatened to choke the young Pongamia pinnata seedlings that were planted earlier this year. The grass was so tall that it was difficult to see where the Pongamia [...]

November 16th, 2009|Tibetan Settlements|