October 3, 2020 No Comments

The key to the future survival of the Tibetan culture and outcome of the Tibetan issue lies in the hands of the Tibetan population living inside Tibet. The unique Tibetan Culture has existed over four thousand years and the Tibetans are determined to protect it by adapting to the 21st century.  For example, even the unique Tibetan tradition of reincarnates in Tibetan Buddhism is being questioned by practicing Tibetan Buddhist.  In recent years, several prominent Tibetan sages and teachers have prohibited their reincarnations from being recognized.

The Tibetans are unified by common physical traits, language, dress, food, music, literature and cultural traditions. But today, the Tibetans are facing many challenges to survive as a race with their unique cultural heritage due to the fast pace of modernization and the sinicization of the Tibetan way of life.  Lamaism thought still rule the minds of many of the ordinary people in Tibet due to the lack of modern education and the freedom to travel outside Tibet and China.

The Tibetan people share a common form of Buddhism, which spread from India and China around the eighth century and has been spreading to the West since 1960s.  The Nyingpa, Kagyu, Sakya, Jonang, Gelug are the main Tibetan Buddhist Schools and all the schools represent the three vehicles of Buddhism as taught by Lord Shakyamuni Buddha five hundred years before Jesus Christ.  But there is a significant number of non Buddhist Tibetans who are Bonpos (pre-Buddhist religion) and Muslims and recently Christians. 

The Amdowas from the North East, the Khampas from the East and Utsangpas from Central Tibet speak variant Tibetan dialects but read and write common scripts. Today, the full cannons of Buddhist scriptures (the Kanjur and Tenjur) are fully preserved in the Tibetan language and are being translated back to Pali and Sanskrit languages.

The Governments TAR, PRC have improved the opportunities for the ordinary Tibetan to study and preserve the Tibetan language through various institutions therefore, all CTTF projects are coordinated to enhance existing projects approved by TAR and PRC governments on the Tibetan Plateau.

Achi Tsepal has taken several customized pilgrimage trips to Central Tibet with friends from around the world since 1999 to introduce them to the physical beauty and unique culture of Central Tibet, particularly the Terdom and Drikung areas of his homeland.

With the help of his sister (retired school teacher) and his late mother, Achi was able to make valuable connections and receive guidance from some of the main monastic and political leaders in the Lhasa and Drikung regions of Tibet to carry out the projects.

If the Tibetan culture is to be maintained, serious efforts must be made to increase and support the capacities of the existing secular educational institutions such as schools and universities established by the TAR and PRC governments on the Tibetan Plateau.  99% percent of Tibetans still live on the Tibetan Plateau and they are struggling to preserve their unique cultural identity due to the fast pace of modernization and the onslaught of cultural assimilation.


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