Himalayan Resources

This Resources is a curated list of businesses, NGOs, religious sites, and community organizations related to the Himalayan community in the Lower Mainland.

The UBC Himalaya program is working to build an interdisciplinary hub for sharing knowledge about the Himalayan region, drawing upon faculty expertise, student engagement, and community partnerships. We see our website as a resource for anyone interested in the Himalayas to network, connect, and learn by engaging with the Himalayan community in Metro Vancouver.
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Trans Himalayan Aid Society
1183 Melville St
Vancouver, BC V6E 0A3, CA
The Trans-Himalayan Aid Society (TRAS), founded in 1962 as the Tibetan Refugee Aid Society, is a Vancouver-based charity that supports the health and education of children and youth in Nepal, northern India, and Tibet. TRAS follows a grassroots approach, working with partner organizations in the region who identify local needs, propose projects to meet those needs, and run the projects themselves; TRAS's role is to evaluate project proposals, provide funding, and monitor projects in progress. TRAS members also sponsor the education of individual children in the region.

Contact: Joanne MacLeod, Office Manager at region.
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Canada Tibet Committee
3495 Cambie St
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4R3, CA
The Canada Tibet Committee (CTC) defends and promotes human rights and the democratic freedom of the Tibetan people. The CTC monitors developments inside Tibet and builds public awareness in Canada through its outreach activities. The CTC encourages support for Tibet from the Government of Canada. The CTC achieves its goals by: engaging current foreign policy debates in Canada; meeting with parliamentarians and government officials; organizing policy seminars and cultural events; conducting research and publishing reports; and collaborating with like-minded organizations across Canada.

Contact: Executive Director at
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Nepali Heritage Charity Foundation
12830 96 Ave
Surrey, BC V3V 6A8, CA
The Nepali Heritage Charity Foundation’s main objective is to enhance the quality of life in impoverished areas of Nepal by providing humanitarian assistance. They supply basic amenities to these communities including food, clothing and household items. In addition they help build infrastructure that improves access to education, temporary shelter, gainful employment, and basic health care. The NHCF is a BC based, local Nepali community led charity.

Contact: Parashar Malla, President at
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Paranada Traders
1505 Commercial Dr
Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y1, CA
Our mission at Paranada Traders is to produce or buy quality natural fabric products in sustainable way, while paying a reasonable wage. They prefer to work directly with small Indian, Nepali, Tibetan producers, and to contribute with product innovation and some bonuses for the employees. Come and see yourself at Paranada Traders at 1505 Commercial drive.

Contact: Patrick Iannone, Owner at
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CaN Education Foundation
8272 149a St
Surrey, BC V3S 7R9, CA
CaN Education Foundation is a not for profit organisation incorporated with BC Registry in 2011. We help children in grades K – 12. Public or community schools in Nepal lack resources and the pupils attending these schools often come from marginalised and/or underprivileged families. The Foundation is helping schools and students, to improve the teaching and learning environment. Students who are on the verge of dropping out of school are supported by this Foundation, which provides them with school uniforms, bags, shoes, and stationery. This support takes some of the burden off their parents’ shoulders.

Contact: Ratna Rai at or 778 552 3842.
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Museum of Anthropology
6393 NW Marine Dr
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, CA
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Nepal Cultural Society of British Columbia
8962 152 St
Surrey, BC V3R 0J2, CA
The Nepal Cultural Society of British Columbia (NCSBC) was founded in 1988 with the goal of promoting Nepali culture, fostering a sense of community among Nepali people in British Columbia, and providing support for new immigrants from Nepal. They organize interactive forums and summer language classes, as well as hosting celebrations for Dashain, Tihar, New Years, and other multicultural events.

The NCSBC is an important Himalaya Program partner, and has been instrumental in building this program from the beginning. The NCSBC was actively involved in the design of the Language Partner Program, and assisted with the recruitment of teachers for the Nepali language classes. Their engagement has enhanced the success of Himalaya Program events, and the community has served as an important local resource in all stages of the Program’s development. Community partnerships are a cornerstone of the Himalaya Program’s model, so we are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with the NCSBC.

Contact: Anil Pradhan, President at
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Tibetan Cultural Society of British Columbia
2168 E 7th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5N 1S7, CA
The Tibetan Cultural Society of British Columbia (TCSBC) works to preserve Tibetan culture and heritage, and to promote the non-violent principles of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet. They host events throughout the year including conferences, seminars, courses, and celebrations to develop the Tibetan cultural community in BC.

In 2010, following an appeal by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Government of Canada announced that they would facilitate the immigration of up to 1,000 Tibetans living in the Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh. As a result, in addition to their cultural programming, the TCSBC now operates as a settlement organization helping Tibetans resettle in the Greater Vancouver area.

The TCSBC, like the NCSBC, is an important Himalaya Program partner. Consultation with the TCSBC was a fundamental step in developing the Language Partner Program, and it was through TCSBC networks that the we were able to find a wonderful teacher for the Tibetan language course. The TCSBC’s involvement in Himalaya Program events is key to their success, and the TCSBC input and engagement with the Program is a vital to our function. Through our collaboration, the the TCSBC and the Himalaya Program are bridging the divide between the community and the university.

Contact: Tenzin Gyurme, President at
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Tsengdok Monastery Association
1502 Angus Dr
Vancouver, BC V6J 4H3, CA
Vancouver's Tsengdok Monastery was founded in 2006 through the dedication and hard work of the diasporic community in Vancouver. Spiritual practice at the Monastery provides support for new immigrants in the community.

Tsengdok Rinpoche advocates Buddhist ideals of harmony, and world peace. His followers carry forth the dharma through cultural activities, humanitarian projects, and the practice of group meditation to calm and purify the mind. The Monastery's shrine room includes shrines for Je Tsongkhapa and his spiritual sons, and contains many sacred statues and painted thangkas from Nepal and India. The Monastery is primarily used for spiritual practice, making offerings, and receiving blessings and purifications. They offer regular dharma courses and Tibetan Language Courses. The Monastery is open to the public.

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Thrangu Monastery Canada
8140 No. 5 Road
Richmond, BC V6Y 2V4, CA
When Thrangu Monastery opened its doors in Richmond, it was the first traditional Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Canada. The Monastery was founded by the Venerable Lama Pema Tsewang, who was sent to Canada in 2003 by Thrangu Tulku Karma Lodrö Ringluk Maseng to establish a Dharma centre promoting the Buddhist teachings. The Monastery teaches the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The Thrangu Monastery welcomes visits from tourists and local residents, religious and non-religious alike.

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Yak & Yeti Bistro
2958 W 4th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6K, CA
Yak & Yeti Bistro serves high altitude cuisine primarily from Nepal, Tibet and India. Named for the the large Himalayan-dwelling animal known for its strength and endurance (Yak), and the mysterious giant snowman (Yeti), this cozy neighbourhood eatery serves up bold dishes showcasing a unique range of flavours. The Himalaya Program and our guests have enjoyed many wonderful meals at Yak & Yeti. We are always impressed by their delicious food and Nepali hospitality.

Contact: 604-428-4422
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Great Himalaya Foods
1999 Savage Rd
Richmond, BC V6V 0A4, CA
Great Himalaya Foods produces simple, nutritious, and authentic Tsampa, a traditional Tibetan cereal made from Barley. This socially and environmentally friendly business was founded by sisters Namlha and Tsezom Yuthok, and their friend Bev Komori. The sisters are Tibetan, but were born in exile in India. They now call Vancouver home. In addition to bringing healthy, quintessentially Tibetan food North American tables, Great Himalaya Foods helps Tibetan refugees in India by donating a portion of its proceeds to non-profit charitable organizations that serve the needs of Tibetan refugee settlements.

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Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6R 1P1, Canada
Independently owned and based in Kitsilano since 1970, Banyen Books & Sound is an oasis, a crossroads, a meeting place of East and West, "old ways" and current discoveries. Canada's most comprehensive metaphysical bookstore, we offer a broad spectrum of resources and tools for conscious living, visioning, and personal growth inspired by humanity's spiritual, healing, and earth wisdom traditions. Pull up a comfy chair and stay for a while, or browse online. You are welcome here.

Banyen has a large selection of books, statues and incense related to practices from the Himalayas. We host free informative and inspirational presentations in the store on a regular basis - see our Events page for the full schedule.