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Tibet House Building in Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India

An international, loosely affiliated group of nonprofit, cultural preservation organizations founded at the request of the Dalai Lama, the Tibet House's preserve, present, and protect Tibet's ancient traditions of philosophy, mind science, art, and culture due to the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950 and subsequent Tibetan diaspora. [1] [2] [3] The first Tibet House was founded in New Delhi, India in 1965. [4] [5]


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The Tibet House in New York City

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