The Tibetan culture refers to the music, dance, literature and art, science, philosophy, medicine, astrology and spiritual practice in Tibet. All the activities show the basic human values, such as love, compassion and peace. Now, Tibetan culture is in danger. So it is important to preserve this valuable culture for our later generations.
Spirit and Mind
The spirit is the center of every local culture, let alone Tibetan culture. Tibetan Buddhism is a branch of Buddhism and is the center of spirit in Tibet. What Tibetan Buddhism follows is the happiness and peace which also root in Tibetan people’s mind. Tibetan Buddhism advocates that people should be responsible for their own happiness and life. In order to reach the harmony of spirit and body, people need to do some meditation and reflection. Meditation can relieve stress. On a deeper level, meditation is a way to the unknown.
The organizations and firms in Tibet set the basic principles of Buddhism as the pillars of their goals. They set the business on mutual love, peace, compassion. At the same time, they pay the equal attention to the result. They are also very practical and lay emphasis on results.
Life and Health
The Tibetan hospital system stresses the importance of the balance of body and mind. It tells people that they should not only rely on medicine. They hold the opinion that the spirit is a factor of body health. It is helpful for our physical body to keep relax and reach the harmony of body and spirit.
Art and Music
Art, music and dance are the best ways to express their spirit and culture for Tibetan people. Tibetan folk dance can be divided into “harmony” and “excellence”. “Harmony” is mainly a form of collective singing and dancing which is popular among the Tibetan people. Later, it has become a form of song between men and women after doing labor works. This kind of work song and dance has been put on the stage today and become a memorial of the work artistic in heritage.
The Tibetan language is the key to understand Tibetan culture and Buddhism. The Tibetan language can help you to communicate with local Tibetans successfully and join in then both in culture and history. The Tibetan language belongs to the Sino-Tibetan language, so there are some collections between Tibetan language and Chinese. The two languages come from the same original language—Primitive Sino-Tibetan whose split is estimated to be between 4000 and 6000 BC. “Himalaya” means “abode of snow” in Tibetan. Shangri-la means “ideal heaven” in Tibetan. Namtso means “the Heaven Lake” in Tibetan.
In order to promote the development of learning and using Tibetan language after the peaceful liberation of Tibet, the government set studios to learn Tibetan language for nearly 20 years.
Science and Philosophy
The Tibetan Buddhism philosophy emphasizes the importance of logic, reasoning and fact which is similar to the western science. And it becomes possible for people to exchange ideas and ways between western science and Tibetan’s.