Zangdok Palri Programme

Mission of the Zangdok Palri Programme

The Dzogchen region in the Sichuan Province of Western China (Kham) is home to a people
whose ancient nomadic lifestyle is perfectly suited to the harsh conditions of the Himalayan plateaux. But as the modern world draws inexorably closer, these people face the challenge of joining the global village without losing their autonomy. The Zangdok Palri programme seeks to equip the population with the basic skills they need to be able to embrace all the benefits that modern life has to offer them while continuing to preserve their unique heritage and share it with a world where so many others have lost theirs.
Responding to the wishes of the local Tibetan population
At present, the situation of the Tibetan population in the Dzogchen region does not inspire great hope for the future: education is practically non-existent, what health care there is is either costly or inadequate, malnutrition is rife and poverty is extreme.
The Zangdok Palri Programme was set up to respond to the aspiration of the local Tibetan population for decent living conditions, the means to shape their own future, achieve their own goals and transform their current poverty and hardship into a vibrant and prosperous environment.
Enhancing the dialogue between East and West
The West has a lot to offer a country like Tibet. Most obvious are its successes - albeit relative - in creating a good standard of living (in economic, social, health, educational terms, to name but a few).
But comfortable as we in the West may be, we are still far from completely happy. We are learning that material wealth is not enough...
The ancestral wisdom of Tibet is part of our world's human heritage. Creating an opportunity for authentic exchange between East and West, sharing our best in return for a deeper contact with the best in Tibetan culture is an exiting and truly worthwhile project.
The Zangdok Palri Programme has been conceived for the benefit of all: whether we live in Tibet or in the West. One of its objectives is to preserve a culture, a way of life and a tradition of wisdom that are quite unique.

For more information, go to www.zangdokpalri.net.