The TSSA mainly focuses on Tibetan Culture and Buddhist ideals. We endeavour to keep the spirit of Tibet alive by giving a little insight into its vibrant culture and traditions with its unique attributes.
Since its inception 20 years ago we have invited and coordinated a number of events / projects. First and foremost, two visits to Durban of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We have assisted Tibetans who have come to Durban to attend conferences; the latest was COP some years ago where the environmental impact of the dams China has and will be building was outlined as well as the impact on removing the nomads from their grasslands ; a very sad state of affairs. Although our main focus has always been on cultural issues and presenting Buddhist ideals, especially those of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we have occasionally highlighted the Human Rights tragedies in Tibet, especially with the recent self-immolations of Tibetans in Tibet, who have reached a point of desperation in their quest for self-determination.
We have in the past brought monks out to SA who have constructed sand mandalas, a Thangka painter, we show fills on Tibet and other interesting ‘alternate films’ essentially to boost our coffers. In November last year we invited Geshe Lhakdor to SA, who is the Director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala. He had a successful tour of the major cities presenting the values of being a good human being, which His Holiness the Dalai Lama promotes wherever he goes.
Funding is a big problem, but we seem to get by and the films bring in most of our revenue (not an awful lot), but all the Com members are volunteers and we use our resources, which also helps. We also sell Tibetan items when we show our films.