Central Tibetan in United States

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Hundreds of years ago King Narmi Gampo unified the various Tibetan tribes. During the 1800s Tibet came under British rule. After the British left, Tibet was independent for a few years, but that independence ended in 1949 when China invaded Tibet. Many Tibetans sought asylum in other countries, especially India, though some came to the US.

Where Are they Located?

The first Tibetan immigrants came to the U. S. in 1881 and 1890. They were so small in number they were classified as "other Asians" by the government. There were some who came to the U. S. as refugees when Tibet was conquered by the PRC in 1949. As part of the Immigration Act of 1990, 1,000 more Tibetans were given asylum in the U. S. Ninety Tibetan families settled in Southern California.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The relatively new Tibetan refugees have received housing and clothing assistance during their time of adjustment. The Tibetan Cultural and Community Service Center (TCCSC) of California is helping them to become more self-reliant through job training and teaching practical skills for living in America. Some of the more educated Tibetans teach their religious practices at American universities. Others work in menial jobs until they have the right training to advance.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tibetan Buddhist religion is the life-blood of the Tibetan people. It was placed over the powerful Tibetan religion of Bon, which is a mixture of magic, divination, demon worship, and sacrifices. The patron saint of Tibet is Chenrezig, whose image has up to 11 heads and from 2 to 1,000 arms. This Tibetan form of Buddhism is the fastest growing form of Buddhist in California today; it is promoted by Hollywood stars.

What Are Their Needs?

The Tibetan people in the U. S. need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life He offers them in John 10:10.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tibetan, Central in United States.

Pray that the Tibetan people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for workers who are driving by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray for a disciple making movement among them to begin this decade.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-05-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-04-30
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-05-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-05-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-05-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-07-17
People Name General Tibetan
People Name in Country Tibetan, Central
Natural Name Central Tibetan
Population this Country 27,000
Population all Countries 1,112,000
Total Countries 10
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bhokha; Bhote; Dalai; Dbus; Dbustsang; Lhasa; Lhasa Tibetan; Llasa; Phoke; Pohbetian; Tebilian; Tibate; Tseku; U; Wei; Weizang; Zang; टिबेटन
People ID 15468
ROP3 Code 110033
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Possibly 50 locations in the US   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Possibly 50 locations in the US.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Primary Language Tibetan, Central (27,000 speakers)
Language Code bod   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tibetan, Central (27,000 speakers)
Language Code bod   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tibetan, Central

Primary Language:  Tibetan, Central

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1862-1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1885-1973)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1948-1983)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Good News for You
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tibetan, Central
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Phim
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: པོད་སྐད་ - Tibetan
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
99.98 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.02 %)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source szyj351 - Pixabay  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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