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Limi children playing 2004
Limi survived the Cultural Revolution with its Tibetan culture intact but it cannot survive another generation of illiteracy. The need for education is URGENT.
Limi children playing 2010
"The right to development is an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realised."
Article 1, UN Declaration on the Right to Development (4 December 1986)
"Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."
Gilbert K Chesterton
In January 2008 we began a women's literacy program at the hostel learning center. For the first time women will be able to read Tibetan texts.
Villagers at work in small garden of greens.
Antahkarana supports young monks and monastic traditions in our village schools and traveling monks who visit Kathmandu stay at our facility.
6th Annual Tibetan Lights Event
September 21, 2011
Songwriter, Devotee, Legend
Please browse our website below for up-to-date information on threats to Tibetan culture and Antahkarana solutions to bring education and sustainable economic growth to Himalayan villages for the
perservation and advancement of Tibetan culture.
At the left we offer several channels of communication. Please choose the ones that suit you best and stay informed and current
on the vital issues facing native Tibetans.
About Antahkarana International
Antahkarana Society International is a a 501(c)3 charitable organization formed to give aid and assistance to Tibetan children in the remote and rugged Himalayan regions of Nepal. Our work is focused on education through our Sponsor a Tibetan Child program.
Antahkarana refers to the creative thread of life woven heart-to-heart connecting all life. When one has a sense of antahkarana there is a realization that all life is inter connected and there arises a new and expanded sense of social responsibility.
Tibetan culture in Himalaya
Forgotten and underserved, indigenous Tibetans struggle daily for the simple necessities of food and shelter. Seemingly caught in a time warp, they persevere in a way of life barely different from that of the Middle Ages. No water or sewer systems, no communications, and the nearest market a two-day walk on treacherous mountain trails to a border town with Tibet. There have been no schools for two generations.
Without education and new sustainable economic opportunities there is little chance that life will change for indigenous Tibetans of the Himalayan region.
How is Antahkarana Society helping indigenous Tibetan culture in this Himalayan Region?
Antahkarana Society International is helping the people of this region in three ways...providing schools and educational opportunities, employing local youth and developing cultural-tourism to boost the local economy to sustain village life and monastic traditions.
How can you help?
Donate to Youth Hostel Project
Antahkarana Youth Hostel cares for indigenous Tibetan children during school breaks and for special occasions. Youth who are beyond school age are offered English, Nepali, Tibetan language classes and computer classes are in the planning stages.These basics will lift them from a marginalized status, give basic job skills and prepare them to participate in government. With trained youth, the Limi economy can be stimulated for the necessary growth needed to preserve their village and Tibetan culture. Donate now.
Gifts of securities
Gifts of stock, mutual funds, real estate or other securities not only continue the vital work but also provide contributors with significant tax benefits.
Wills, trusts and estate plans are all ways that you can leave a planned gift and a personal legacy for the benefit of others. Call or write for more information on how you can contribute to the Antahkarana Endowment Fund. Your gift to the endowment fund keeps on giving year after year as only the accured interest is used for the work while the principle remains intact.
Join the Service/Travel Trek to Limi
A trek to Limi, Nepal will be a highlight in any adventurer's life. Few westerners have ever visited this remote Himalayan region. Perhaps the Shangri-la of western imaginations! The people are remarkable, the beauty awe inspiring and the travel breathtaking and rigorous. An expedition is planned for August 2011. If you are interested in joining the trek click here
Join an Anthkarana India Adventure and Pilgrimage
Each year Antahkarana will host an annual travel adventure to key spots in India with a traditional pilgrimage In the Footsteps of Buddha. If you are interested in this journey of a lifetime send us your contact us for information. email.
Milestones from most recent to past:
More about Limi, Nepal
Limi is representative of villages across the region
For centuries, Limi has been a part of the Ngari region of Tibet, an area enveloped in mystery and renowned as the top of the world". Ngari is the land of sacred Mt Kailash, the precious mountain of heaven. It was an early center of Buddhism and the ancient Kingdom of Guge.
Amidst the sea of ice and snow, the land is dotted with sacred mountains, sacred rivers and sacred lakes. After the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1961, a border was drawn to divide Ngari, in Western Tibet and Humla, in northwestern Nepal and Limi arbitrarily came under the authority of Nepal.
Independent, isolated and ignored by the governments of China and Nepal Limi survived the Cultural Revolution and retained every aspect of their Tibetan culture, tradition and religion that were almost lost to Tibetans.
The people practice the Drikung Kagyu Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, a school that dates back to the ninth century. Limi is tied to the Gyangdak monastery situated at the foot of Mt Kailash in Ngari.
Limi is a common name for three villages, Til, Weltse and Zang situated in a beautiful valley at approximately 12,000ft altitude. The population is approximately 1700.
All travel is by foot, horse or yak through mountainous terrain on paths barely a meter wide. The nearest towns are Purang, Tibet, a 25 km two-day trek and Simikot, Nepal a 52km three-day trek. Each year hundreds of tons of goods are carried in and out of Limi on these ancient trading routes.
There are no telephones in Limi and hydro-electricity is available just three hours in the evening. The village is snowed in from November to April with no passage in or out.
The villagers have small farms with domestic animals, such as yaks horses, goats and sheep. Their main crop is barley for Tsampa (roast barley flour) and Chang (barley wine).
The villagers earn so little from either agriculture or animal products that the men must travel to a remote forest in Northern India for the winter where they make wooden bowls, furniture and other objects to sell in India, Nepal and Tibet. Most men are home just one month of the year leaving only the women and children to tend the crops and animals.
Our work is ongoing and is currently accomplished by volunteers in America and Limi Nepal. If you would like to enter into a hands-on relationship with Antahkarana Society International, click here.
Treks and Pilgrimages to Mt Kailash, Lhasa, Limi and India
If you are interested in travel to Tibet and Nepal or India, click here.
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"Be quick to do goodat .
If you are slow,
The mind delighting in
Will catch you."
From the Dhammapada
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Ram Shrestha, founder of Nepali Technical Assistance Group says,
"I like the approach that Antahkarana Society is taking. It is wholistic, working with the villagers to determine their needs and resources and involving them in the process of building and sustaining a school and community center. It is good not to just go there and give money."
Site of Antahkarana Hostel for indigenous Tibetan children, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Original site of hostel
September 2006 view from street.
Courtyard of expanded hostel April 2008 New classroom and dormitory room sit where grass and rock appear in picture above.
Renovations in progress for additional shower house and room for house parents.
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