Tibet is the land par excellence of the infinite possibilities of experience in the depth of human culture, towering over the moulds of space and time. Far or forgotten, in its overflow of transcendent splendor Tibet is the hymn of multiple expressions. The frozen music of her forms, the breath of her statues, and the stillness of her painted scrolls become the glowing rhythms of the eternal quest of Man. The irradiation of her wisdom and mystery, the feel of her shadows and the voices of her spaces, her crystallized grandeur in the brilliant syndrome of thought are the heart of her culture. All this springs to life in the mind of men today all over they world as they seek the bread of their being.
- Lokesh Chandra, 1983
The culture of Tibet is deeply ingrained with compassion for all of life and that which supports it. They lived close to and revered the glories of the natural world. In their time they did not cut their forests or mine the earth for its bounty and lived in harmony and with a very light touch on the land.
But times have changed and the forces of modernity are impinging on their traditional way of life which is becoming marginalized. They must adapt to the modern pressures and evolving circumstance in which they find themselves or face that their traditional way of life and their entire body of spiritual knowledge, which already has been seriously weakened, could slowly become extinct in its own land.
To understand the depth of the challenges the Tibetan people and culture face it is useful to look at some Statistics about Tibet. It may seem to be a paradox but for them to preserve their traditional culture in the context of a modern world it is critical that they have the support of modern knowledge and skills which will help them preserve their traditional past.