Beginning in 1994 Phil traveled to Tibet as well as northern India and Nepal to interview and photograph Tibetans and Tibetan refugees in an effort to understand what had happened to them, to their country and their culture. These are some of the people he met in this deeply spiritual culture—everyone from the nomads of the remote Himalayas to the Dalai Lama himself—each committed to their unique Tibetan culture and to the practice of compassion while coming to terms with the aggressive occupation of their homeland. In partnership with the Tibetan Rights Campaign and the International Campaign for Tibet we created the exhibition and book Tibet: The Power of Compassion.
This is a book about a deeply spiritual culture’s struggle to survive and maintain compassion in the face of an ongoing occupation and oppression of their country. The invasion by the Chinese Communists in 1949 led to massive destruction and repression, and to the occupation of Tibet, which continues to this day.