Extensive discourse on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and the role that religion plays in Tibetan and Ladakhi culture, daily meditation and yoga practice, 5-day meditation retreat at a Ladakhi monastery, and a broad introduction to Hinduism and Islam.
Look at resource management, creative responses to climate change, human rights, political economics, cultural preservation, democracy and communal conflict in India.
Focus Of Inquiry
Political and cultural history, healing, artistic, literary, and musical traditions of Tibetans; resettlement issues, environmental and economic issues of mountain dwellers, comparative religion and philosophy.
10 day home-stay with Tibetan Refugee families in Dharamsala, 5 day home-stay in a remote Ladakhi village at over 13,000 ft.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
6-day internship with a grassroots aid organization in Dharamsala.
Introduction to both the Tibetan and Ladakhi languages.
Opportunities to volunteer with and learn from organizations in Dharamsala that support Tibetan refugees, and working with local students in Leh at SECMOL.
Travel by bus, jeep, and foot over rough, high-altitude terrain.
Rigorous 7-day high altitude trek in Ladakh, 2-day trek in the Dhauladhar Range, Himachal Pradesh.