Team members of the Tibet Hope Center are Tibetan refugees themselves . We grew up among refugees and live in refugees communities. This gives us an in-depth understanding of Tibetan issues necessary to offer the programs we do in the Tibet Hope Center; also provides us with valuable friendships and network connections to carry on our mission projects. The relationships we have developed over years of living among Tibetans help us to bring authentic speakers on relevant subject matters, experienced yoga teachers, and open doors to take on challenging social volunteering projects. We consider these friends as Tibet Hope Center partners. Below we present some of these partners’  life achievements and activism efforts.

Venerable Bagdro, one of THC’s friends, is a renowned Tibetan Buddhist monk and a former political prisoner who resides at Tashi Choeling Monastery in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile.

He has authored eight books including A Hell on Earth which has been translated into five languages about his experiences of being captured, imprisoned, and tortured by Chinese for demonstrating in Lhasa for Tibetan freedom. He was in Drapchi prison for three years, until he escaped and fled to India in 1991. He then underwent intensive mental and physical therapy in France, sponsored by the then-First Lady of France. He has previously spoken at the British Parliament, the European Parliament, several other international conferences, and the leading universities of the world, such as Harvard University. Since 2008 he has visited over 30 countries and spoken about his story, as well as the situation in Tibet.

In 2010, Bagdro released his book Life in Exile and “through his new book, the former political prisoner said he wanted to remind the fellow Tibetans in exile about the urgency of the situation inside Tibet.” For the past 22 years, Ven. Bagdro has been the voice for the Tibetan people, bringing his country’s cause to the attention of heads of state and other influential members of the international community. He has authored a total of 15 books.

Ven Bagdro further believes that it is crucial for the exile community as well as for other nations to regard Tibet’s history, culture, religious practices, and language as rich and significant.