Tibet | Central

Tibet | Central

Land of Snows

Since time immemorial, Tibet — Land of the Snows, has captured the imaginations of many an adventurer. It is the earth’s highest ecosystem and one of the most astonishing cultures in Asia. For centuries, Tibet remained closed to westerners due to both physical and political barriers. Since the inception of Buddhism in the 7th century, the Tibetans have dedicated themselves to its peaceful non-violent teachings. They created a society based on the realization that true everlasting happiness has nothing to do with materialism. The most respected individuals are the enlightened, not the wealthy. Simple monks and nuns are revered as heroes. The Tibetans built more than 6,000 monasteries where men and women sought to perfect what being human was all about.

On this intensive study abroad program you will explore the most important monasteries and temples — living museums with centuries of collected sacred art. Receive lectures on Buddhist philosophy and meditation from the abbots of two of Tibet’s most prestigious monasteries. Visit the studio of one of Tibet’s most renowned scroll painters and learn the timeless traditions of creating sacred art. A special highlight includes visiting the world’s highest monastery at the base camp of Mt. Everest.

During this culturally rich hands-on learning experience you will be totally immersed in Tibet’s rural and urban environments where you will study Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, art and culture. In Chengdu, where the program begins, you will explore and study Chinese Buddhist art and philosophy at 3 local Chinese Buddhist temples before you depart for Tibet.

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Instructors, Scholars & Guides

Tenpa

Tenpa

Tenpa is our expert Tibetan guide and scholar. He is fluent in English, German, Chinese, and Tibetan. Tenpa has been organizing and leading tours in all parts of Tibet for more than 10 years. He is a leading authority on Tibetan history, art, architecture, culture, and Tibetan Buddhism. Tenpa has led groups of all sizes to Mt. Kalish, from large Indian pilgrimages of over 200 pilgrims to individual tours with Western Buddhists such as Oliver Stone. Tenpa’s patience, compassion, and great sense of humor make all our guests want to take him home with them!

Tenpa Rabten

Tenpa Rabten

Tenpa is a famous master painter and scholar or Tibetan sacred arts. He is a renowned teacher and founder of one of the most prestigious tangka painting schools in Tibet. When visiting Tenpa’s studio and tangka painting school, we learn the centuries old tangka painting techniques from one of Tibet’s greatest living master painters.

Lama Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche

Lama Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche

Rinpoche is the current abbot of Drepung monastery in Tibet. Drepung was once the largest monastic university in the world with more than 10,000 monks. Rinpoche is one of the most highest and learned Tibetan lamas both inside and outside of Tibet. He has been a monk his entire life and holds the highest Geshe degree in Buddhist studies. Rinpoche has collaborated on many books with his most famous American student and Tibetologist, Professor Jeffery Hopkins. Having an audience and receiving lectures from such a highly realized lama is always an honor and true highlight of our visits in Tibet.

Picturing Central Tibet