A Trip to Tibet House US

A Trip to Tibet House US

I love learning about other cultures—the people, the history and the cuisine. I recently took a trip to Café Tibet in Brooklyn, and while noshing on a flavorful noodle dish, I thought to myself, “I know nothing about Tibet.” So, to satisfy my curiosity, yesterday I visited Tibet House US, the United States' arm of a global network of Tibetan institutions, which is designed to help preserve Tibet’s culture.

The gallery/library/retail shop rests on a somewhat sleepy stretch of W. 15th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, a hop skip and a jump from Union Square. The small entrance is located to the side of a larger entrance to an office building and I was buzzed in through an intercom system to gain access. Once inside, I stepped into a small vestibule area, complete with a bust of the Dalai Lama and a colorful mural of Tibet. The ground floor also has plenty of literature on events happening in the space, including introduction meditation classes, which take place on Tuesdays.

Walking up a stairwell to the second floor, I passed by framed illustrations of Tibet, which point out areas of interests, and helpful at-a-glance charts that break down the demographics of the country—from its population, which comes in at 6 million, to its political status (it's an occupied country without U.N. representation, FYI) to a list of indigenous wildlife (think Tibetan antelopes, wild yak and blue sheep).

The light-filled, second floor features floor-to-ceiling windows that gaze down on W. 15th Street. Items displayed in the space include colorful and historic artifacts, such as a 15th Century black stone statue of Akshobya and images of Shakyamuni Buddha and Ushnishavjaya on gouche on cotton. There are several other framed works, as well as figurines that depict the clothing found in different regions; a retail shop with jewelry, books, chimes, and T-shirts; and a library.

If you want to know more about the mysterious land of Tibet and its people, visit Tibet House US today.


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