Extensive discourse on Tibetan Buddhism and the role that religion plays in Indian culture, frequent meditation and yoga practice. Broad introductions to Hinduism, Sikhism, 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
Indian/Tibetan comparative religion, minority and resettlement issues, climate change and environmental issues, political and cultural history of India.
A 6 day homestay with Tibetan refugee families in Dharamsala, a 5 day homestay in a remote Ladakhi village.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
Work with instructors and group mates to develop a focus on a particular subject that interests you, supported by guest speakers and frequent discussions. Past subjects have included: Hinduism, Education in India, Yoga, Environmental Issues, Hindi language, Minority Issues.
Introduction to Hindi and Ladakhi languages and learn a few Tibetan phrases.
Help Buddhist monks and nuns in Dharamsala practice their English conversations skills at LHA, a Tibetan rights organization. Work with environmental educators in Ladakh with the option to visit local schools.
Travel by train, jeep, and on foot over rough, high-altitude terrain.
A 6-8 day high-altitude village trek in the awe-inspiring Ladakhi Trans-Himalaya.