Based in Dharamsala, India, this program is designed to offer a unique opportunity to live and study in a rich and complex cross-cultural setting. Dharamsala is home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the seat of the Government in Exile, as well as the cultural and intellectual capital of the Tibetan exile community. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of a community in exile and issues associated with Tibetan refugees. They will experience and engage in the challenges and possibilities that confront the Tibetan community which is striving to preserve traditional cultural values and identity in the context of globalization.
The Earlham program works with the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD) to create a semester of rigorous academic work, language study, cultural immersion, contemplative practice, and field research. The IBD was established by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1973 and is a prestigious center for advanced studies and practice. IBD provides the teachers and lecturers for the program. Students will attend classes at the Sarah Campus of IBD and will have an opportunity to experience the daily life of the Tibetan community in Dharamsala.