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Review for Tibetan Aid Project, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In the beginning of 2012 I was fortunate enough to travel to Bodh Gaya, India for the World Peace Ceremony. While there I saw first hand the powerful, life-changing results of TAPs work. Books are given away, literally-- for free-- and not just to monasteries but to individual monks, nuns, and lay practitioners who come to the ceremony. This isn't just preservation of a culture in a dusty museum exhibit or on the shelves of a library. This is the active preservation of a threatened culture by giving back to living teachers, students and practitioners the texts necessary to maintain their cultural and spiritual tradition. I have seen monks and nuns overjoyed at being given the opportunity to have their OWN copy of a sacred text to study. I have seen the broad smiles and heart felt thanks of members of monasteries who are carting back, by whatever means necessary, what they feel is a truly precious treasure that can help them and their communities thrive as compassionate, wise human beings. One can only wonder how different and how much richer the world would be if organizations like TAP existed to work so tirelessly supporting other endangered cultures the world over. In helping to create the conditions for the Tibetan people to thrive, despite systematic efforts by the Chinese to eliminate their culture and language, TAP is helping to accomplish something truly historical and worthy of praise and emulation. If the Tibetan culture exists for the world to learn from and be enriched by 50 years from now, I have no doubt it will be due in part to the efforts of this organization. Bravo!

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