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Ideas For Tibet

August 12, 2010

Heidiminx
Huffington Post
August 10, 2010

Dharamsala India is home to many NGOs: some, like
the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and
Democracy, address politics, others, like Lha,
teach English, photography and computers to local
Tibetan refugees, and others, like GuChuSum, work
to help ex-political prisoners and their families.

The newest -- Learning And Ideas For Tibet (LIT)
-- is very unique. Its mission is to educate
Dharamsala's myriad of visitors on the basic
issues of Tibet, and immerse them in culture, as
well as raise awareness for political prisoners.

Monday through Friday, there are programs,
creatively put together to combine all of these
elements. On Monday, there is a 'momo and movie
night.' Other nights feature thenthuk noodles and
talks by ex-political prisoners. There is also a
cultural night, with local musicians and artists.

The founders all hail from Tibet, and two are
former political prisoners who have suffered
unimaginable torture, but have managed to rise
above, and use their experiences to educate others.
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When I am in Dharamsala, LIT is two floors below
my apartment. Every night, like clockwork, I
would hear people filing downstairs -- and often,
late into the evening, I would hear people
outside, talking and pondering their new-found information.
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Every evening, Sangpo would be in the kitchen,
teaching Tibetan recipes, and cooking amazing
meals for LIT's visitors. I would frequent the
kitchen, some of the monks would come over to
help prepare the evening meals -- the kitchen
itself is abuzz with information, much like every
other kitchen, it winds up being the 'heart of the home.'
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Like their kitchen, LIT's site is full of information.

If you are planning a visit to Dharamsala, India,
it is an amazing place to start learning about
the local culture and situation in Tibet.

Below, Sangpo talks about how he came to India and how he started LIT:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpUCcM8hBQ0&feature=player_embedded
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