Mutual learning exchange program is one of the services offered by Lha. Groups of students from different educational institutes in the USA, such as Tulane University, Loyola College, Centenary College, Lifework International, and Rustic Pathway have come to Dharamsala for the past several years to learn and share their knowledge with our Tibetan students and to explore the Tibetan and Indian culture and society.
Cultural exchange groups are introduced to the Tibetan community in a variety of ways. For example, each visiting student is paired with one of Lha’s Tibetan students for mutual learning. Also, student groups will be taken to Bir Tibetan community and the holy place of Rewalsar (Tso-pema).
This year, the first group of 13 students and 1 professor from Centenary College were here from May 22nd to June 3rd and stayed at Lha’s Ahimsa House. While they were here, Lha organized lectures on Tibetan Buddhism, traditional medicine, and the current Tibetan situation.
The students and faculty were very satisfied with what they learned, shared, and understood during the experience. Towards the end of their stay on June 2nd, Lha arranged a farewell dinner party for the student group and their Tibetan companions at Ahimsa House. It was a great success for all of us.
The most recent cultural exchange group to come through Lha’s Mutual learning exchange program has 9 students and 1 professor from Tulane University. They are staying for 11 days. In addition to the aforementioned cultural trips and activities, this group has the unique opportunity to attend the Tibetan Buddhism teaching by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama on June 28th and 29th and plan to have an audience with H.H. the Karmapa.
By the end of this year, a total of 7 cultural exchange groups will have visited Dharamsala through Lha’s Mutual learning exchange program. Each visiting group has been engaged in similar activities and services to those mentioned above. If you are interested in learning more about Lha’s Mutual learning exchange program, please see the following link for more information: http://www.lhasocialwork.org/culturalexchange