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 has developed and supports many projects, primarily in the areas of Education, Community, Music, Film, Art, Human Rights and Sustainability.
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.
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 […]
Built on Respect has worked for awareness of Tibet’s political prisoners since its inception. Current campaigns are calling for the release of both Tashi Dhondup, a young singer jailed for singing about the torture and disappearance of his country-mates, and Dhondup Wangchen, a film maker who was put in a forced labor camp for making […]
Built on Respect hosted at talk with former political prisoner, Palden Gyatso, at Jivamukti Yoga in New York City. Free Burma Alliance and Students For A Free Tibet were also involved with promoting the event.
Minx has started a campaign with the musicians, the Street Dogs, to raise awareness amongst Western youth for the plight of Tibet’s artists. The PSA was produced by BNB Productions and received International attention. See the video here. More Street Dogs videos here: [sz-youtube value=”Frankyandminx Street Dogs” type=”” max=”50″ sortorder=”published”]
Built on Respect has mounted a campaign with Care2, in conjunction with their current ‘Freedom of Expression’ campaign calling for the release of Tashi Dhondup. The petition received amazing viral support, and garnered over 25,000 signatures in less than 15 days. The effort will continue, working with the Tibetan musician, Techung, and continued support from […]
An undetermined amount of Tibetan art was destroyed during the PRC’s ‘cultural revolution’. The Institute of Tibetan Thangka Art is based in Dharamsala, India; it is a non-profit, and is a free, five-year program. Students study under master painters and are creating beautiful works. Built On Respect created a website for the small school so […]
The aim of Save Zanskar is to promote education, and save the distinct culture of this very poor, traditionally Tibetan region of northern India. In 2003, Geshe Lobsang Yonten started what was to become the foundation of Save Zanskar when he brought 17 poor children from Zanskar to Manali and Dharamsala, India for schooling — […]
TIBETAN MUSICIANS WORK FOR RELEASE OF IMPRISONED ARTISTS Musicians and Activists on Three Continents Call for Release of Tashi Dhondup and Dhondup Wangchen New York, December 8, 2010 – Tibetan classical musician Techung and the non-profit Built On Respect are working with other musicians and NGOs to raise awareness for two Tibetan artists illegally imprisoned […]
New York, October 4, 2010 – Veteran street rockers, the Street Dogs, have joined with the non-profit Built On Respect to raise awareness for human rights violations in Tibet, and to encourage youth to use their freedom to speak for those who cannot. In a new PSA Street Dogs singer, Mike McColgan, and Built on […]