In 1959, following the revolt in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, thousands of Tibetans followed the Dalai Lama to India as refugees. The Dalai Lama remains in northern India to this day and over 100,000 Tibetans live in northern India. The Dalai Lama continues to rule over the Tibetans from Dharamsada, India.
Most Tibetans in India are farmers or nomadic shepherds and others are monks, doctors, craftsmen, and other occupations. Almost all Tibetans practice a form of Buddhism called Lamaism. Buddhism teaches the concept of nirvana, which is an eternal bliss also called “enlightenment” that comes through right thinking, ritual sacrifice, and self-denial. *
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Compassion Link is an International Ministry that brings hope through medical services. Compassion Link came to a remote Tibetan Buddhist village and helped an elderly lady named Amita* who was nearly blind. She was not able to see clearly for decades, but when CL gave her a pair of glasses “her face lit up as the world immediately came into focus.” Because of their ministry, they opened doors for a team to share the gospel with the village.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Victor and Ruth Plymire worked among the Tibetans beginning in 1908. The work they did among the Tibetans inspired their son David to do work in China with Tibetan people. Because of the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit, the ministry of the Plymire’s spanned 100 years. Pray God compels people to serve like Victor and David Plymire and dedicate their lives to sharing the gospel with the unreached Tibetans.