About PTE

Working for the Preservation of Tibetan Language, Arts and Culture


His Holiness the Dalai Lama has time and again emphasized the  importance of studying Tibetan language and culture, in particular  through educating the youth. PTE took this teaching as its guiding  principle.

For the next generation of Tibetans to  become well  rounded individuals, they need to have a full understanding of their  mother tongue, moral values, warmheartedness, compassion, keeping an  open mind, and working to sustain peace. With this in mind, it is clear  that preserving Tibetan culture is of utmost importance.

Sharing the Tibetan culture with peoples of all  nationalities and backgrounds is also very important to PTE. Many of our  programs are open to all interested. PTE believes through sharing we  gain a better understanding of what connects us as human beings. PTE  works with its supporters to further these efforts.

Non-Profit Status

Non-Profit Status

PTE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in the United States. All

PTE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization  headquartered in the United States. All donations are tax-deductible to  the full extent allowed by law.

Our Mission

Our mission is to preserve and promote Tibet’s language and culture through education to its child

Our mission is to preserve and promote Tibet’s language and culture  through education to its children. PTE is dedicated to educating young  Tibetans in their endangered language, arts and cultural heritage  through innovative education activities and immersion programs in  partnership with other interested organizations.

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Our Director

Having worked for over 20 years for the Tibetan refugee communities  in India, Pema Dechen Gorap brings a wealth of experience, valuable  skills and knowledge to the role. 

Ms.  Gorap was born in Tibet, raised and educated in India and served  the Tibetan refugee community in India for 23 years from 1973 to 1996  in the following capacities: 

She started her teaching career at Tibetan Homes  Foundation and later as a Senior School teacher at Tibetan Children's  Village (TCV), Dharamsala for over ten years. She was an active member  of the Tibetan Youth Congress in its formative years in Bangalore and  Mussoorie. She served on the board of the Tibetan Women's Association  for two terms (8 years) as Vice President and Acting President.

She was elected to the Tibetan Parliament in exile in 1991 and served   a five year term. She also served as the General Secretary / Director,  Tibetan Homes Foundation, Mussoorie - appointed by His Holiness the  Dalai Lama. 

After immigrating to the US in late 1996, she served as the President  of Tibetan Association of Colorado and as the Executive Director of  Colorado Friends of Tibet. In 1998, Ms. Gorap moved to the Washington,  D.C. area and was elected   President of the Capital Area Tibetan  Association. During her term as president, she worked closely with the  Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture and the Smithsonian Institution  on the 2000  Folklife Festival: Tibetan Culture Beyond the Land of  Snows. She was the Outreach Coordinator as a member of the Organizing  Committee for the 2011 Kalachakra for World Peace held in Washington,  D.C.

Currently she works as a Tibetan journalist and is dedicating her spare time and talents to PTE