“Santa Barbara Summit for Tibet (SBST)” is the coming together of the mountains of Santa Barbara and the high peaks Tibet representing the highest of human striving and flourishing.   Tibetan exiles and members of the Santa Barbara community have come together for the cultural legacy of Tibet; for its preservation and sharing with the global community.

The goal of SBST is to increase awareness in our city of the cultural, philosophical and spiritual richness an alliance between Tibetan exiles and local citizens would generate. While many initiatives for Tibet already exist, we feel that Santa Barbara is a mature and civic-minded community that would contribute to, and benefit from the exchange of similar and unique values and practices that our two cultures share.

Tibet and Santa Barbara represent two distinct worlds and yet share everything in common, most of all our desire for a just, peaceful, and sustainable human community.


TO SUPPORT the establishment of a long term contemplative center, and other learning program and facilities.

TO ASSIST the wellbeing of the Tibetan-American community through employment and settlement, including support for their long cherished dreams of building a “Photrang”, a special residence for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

TO ESTABLISH a community cultural center that will have programs and lectures; cultural, educational, spiritual, and artistic.

TO FIND creative ways to effect change in the hearts and minds of the Chinese leadership concerning the human and political crisis in Tibet.