Minx had the privilege of teaching English to the first class of Geshes in a new program at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics. Run under the Dalai Lama Trust, the program’s aim is to teach English, and also to learn more about science and Western philosophy.
Inspired by the format of TLC’s popular ‘Miami Ink‘ series, Minx worked within the exile community in Dharamsala to capture the meaning behind the tattoos of ex-political prisoners, and also the unique story behind a Tibetan tattoo artist in exile. Surprisingly, she found that 80-year old ex-political prisoner Palden Gyatso, has tattoos, and how the [...]
Built on Respect’s founder, Heidi Minx, has extensive knowledge of business and marketing. One of the key skills she brings to the community is interaction with small, local non-profits, guiding them through grants applications, sales opportunities, online presence, community presence, and collateral development. Minx has assisted Shideling, GuChuSum, Save Zanskar, the Hope Center, and The [...]
The monks at Ganden Jhangtse in Dharamsala are ‘working monks’, meaning they spend their days praying and doing pujas at the behest of the community. With their days full, they are not able to attend any of the free classes that many of their peers do during the days. Built On Respect worked with a [...]
Built on Respect also works to support local community groups. Jamtse in Action was started by a young Tibetan woman to help care for the elders in the community.
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Giving Work With SamaSource In 2009, Built On Respect introduced SamaSource to the Tibetan community in Dharamsala. SamaSource is a non-profit based in San Francisco that works to bring simple, computer-based work to women, refugees, and youth in developing countries. Built on Respect became a service partner for SamaSource, set up a location, procured computers, [...]
Thangka art is celebrated by many Buddhist devotees, but its images have found new canvasses in the recent decades, as a growing number of people have embraced dharma tattoos. Built on Respect has created a series of private classes for some of the world’s top tattoo artists, pairing them with a Tibetan thangka master, so [...]
Working with a Tibetan scripting master, Built on Respect has developed a program, website and marketing materials to provide translation and scripting for tattoo artists and their customers who are interested in the beautiful alphabet of this ancient language for tattoos. She works personally with the customers, advising of proper placement on the body, and [...]