Pema Ts’al School
Rebuilding a Civilization in Diaspora
The Pema Ts’al School fosters the full potential of its young Tibetan students by pursuing a rigorous, broad academic program and cultivating an overall environment wherein they may grow in spirit and mind to become responsible and actively contributing members of a diverse and changing world, while gaining an enhanced awareness of their own Tibetan cultural heritage. The encouragement of critical thinking and cultivation of insight as a way of thought—and as a way of life—provides clarity and frees the imagination, allowing a deeper, more enduring level of understanding and creativity to develop, thus strengthening the foundation for a life oriented toward the pursuit of truth and to integrity. The students’ innate qualities of wisdom and compassion are thereby stimulated and given more freedom and more space to flourish and to grow strong, as their individual lives evolve with confidence and joy and they engage the world in the years to come.
Learn more about the Pema Tsal Mango Project.
Venerable Guru Gyaltsen, Acharya
Venerable Guru Gyaltsen, Acharya lived over forty years of his life here in the Tibetan Colony—as a young monk, a college graduate, teacher, administrator, a member of the Tibetan People’s Deputies, legislator, co-founder of the school system called Pema Ts’al for an enhanced education of the higher intellectually potential and promising Tibetan refugee children.
He is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Pema Ts’al School and the Speaker of the Dogueling Legislative Assembly of Tibetan Colony, Mundgod. As a Speaker, he has the responsibility to plan, oversee, and serve as architect of every major aspect our local community. He has a lifetime of intimate experience with the land and the people of the Tibetan Colony and its vicinity almost from the beginning of the Tibetan settlement in the late sixties, and have experienced various changes to which Tibetans have had to adjust as they made it their second home away from home and had to learn to adjust to the change of climate and local ecology that over these four decades Tibetan as farmers have had to confront.