Trees For Tibet

Making Doje

To promote our Trees for Tibet campaign, we created a short stop-motion animation about a Tibetan farmer named Doje. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of that video: If you never got a chance to "Meet Doje," check out the video here: Making a difference is easy. Start by [...]

February 21st, 2011|Tibetan Settlements|

Prana Yoga Supports Trees for Tibet

In April 23–25, 2010, Prana Yoga, in Miami, hosted Living Tantra Part 1: Tantric Tradition and Techniques with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. “We had a great time!” said Dona Piza, owner of Prana Yoga. “We brought people from everywhere: the Caribbean and from all over the US. Most people just know asana, so Living Tantra was [...]

December 20th, 2010|Tibetan Settlements|

Distributing Pongamia Seedlings

After many months spent establishing a successful demonstration plot and nursery, the Himalayan Institute has finally begun to put Pongamia pinnata tree seedlings into the hands of Tibetan farmers. Over the past two weeks, 3,000 ready-to-plant seedlings were distributed in 12 villages. In general, the biggest obstacle to success in tree plantation projects is getting [...]

November 1st, 2010|Tibetan Settlements|

2009 Major Activities and Timeline

For the Himalayan Institute Humanitarian Initiatives, 2009 was an exciting and very busy year. Here is a timeline of major events: HI Cameroon Himalayan Institute Cameroon HI Tibetan Settlements Himalayan Institute & Tibetan Partnership HI India Himalayan Institute India HI Mexico Himalayan Institute Mexico January HI Tibetan Settlements An in-depth planning trip is made to [...]

January 4th, 2010|Cameroon, India, Mexico, Tibetan Settlements|

Khen Rinpoche Visits Honesdale

This past month the Himalayan Institute was honored to host Khen Rinpoche Tsetan, abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in southern India. The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, who is the second-highest-ranking lama after the Dalai Lama. Following up on Tibetan Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche's visit to the Himalayan Institute [...]

December 7th, 2009|Tibetan Settlements|

Local Community Shows Support for Energy Farming at the Tibetan Settlements

Due to the heavy rains of the monsoon season, the 20-acre Himalayan Institute Energy Farming demonstration site at the Tibetan Rabgayling Settlement was completely overgrown with grass. This threatened to choke the young Pongamia pinnata seedlings that were planted earlier this year. The grass was so tall that it was difficult to see where the Pongamia [...]

November 16th, 2009|Tibetan Settlements|

8,000 Pongamia Seedlings

The energy farming nursery at the Rabgayling Tibetan Settlement is currently growing over 8,000 Pongamia pinnata seedlings. Tending to a nursery of this size requires lots of attention to ensure that the seedlings get the right amount of water, sunlight, and nutrients. During the summer, temperatures in South India reach as high as 110ºF. Mature [...]

November 2nd, 2009|Tibetan Settlements|

Energy Farming to Combat Climate Change

Energy farming refers to the sustainable cultivation of crops that provide green energy, most notably biofuel—crops like sunflower, castor, Jatropha, and Pongamia pinnnata. As the cost of petroleum rises, the need for alternative sources of energy becomes more urgent. Energy farming empowers rural farmers to enter into the rapidly expanding alternative energy market. By utilizing [...]

October 15th, 2009|Tibetan Settlements|