“Tibetan culture is a culture of peace and non-violence; it’s a culture of compassion. More and more people are coming to appreciate such values.”
–His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama
Colorado is now home to about more than 300 Tibetans. The first Tibetan “pioneers” to the American West starting their resettlement process in early 1990s under the US Immigration Act which allowed a thousand exiled Tibetans to resettle in different parts of the USA.
Colorado’s beautiful mountains, high altitude, and vast clear skies, so naturally similar to Tibet, became a magnet drawing the new immigrants. The first Tibetan settlers in Colorado will soon be celebrating their 25 years in their new home. Tibetans from other states and countries have continued to join them as word about Colorado has spread.
In general, Colorado residents have shown great interest in welcoming Tibetan culture. Many have been eager to learn about the secular aspects of the culture, such as its promotion of secular ethics, the healthful benefits of meditation, and its unique and profound understanding of psychology.
Tibetan Association of Colorado, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, was formed in 1999 to provide and sustain the enlarging Tibetan community in Colorado. Its mission is to preserve and promote the unique Tibetan culture and traditions, to benefit the gene and also support the cause of Tibet, a mission, that is near and dear to the hearts of Tibetans.