in metro new york
Small numbers of Tibetans immigrated to New York City following China’s 1949 invasion of Tibet. In 1990, however, the U.S. granted visas for 1,000 displaced Tibetans, initiating a strong influx of other Tibetans. Since then, the Tibetan population in New York City has grown to about 13,000. Most of them live in Queens, with the biggest concentration in Jackson Heights. Tibetans can also be found in Astoria (Queens), Crown Heights (Brooklyn), south and east of Midtown Manhattan, and in Newark, New Jersey.
While New York City is where these Tibetans live, their identity remains with their homeland of Tibet. March 10th is the annual National Tibetan Uprising Day during which Tibetans in New York City seek to remind the world, including China which continues to occupy their homeland, that Tibet should be free and autonomous.
The Tibet Center of New York & New Jersey focuses on supporting the survival of Tibetan culture and identity, and to enhance the quality of life for all Tibetans living in New York and New Jersey.
- The annual Tibetan Festival NYC is a popular cultural event in New York City. People come to celebrate Tibetan culture, shop for Tibetan scarves and jewelry, learn Tibetan calligraphy and traditional games, and eat authentic Tibetan food.
- Cafe Himalaya is a Tibetan restaurant, among several others, which is known for its momos, steam filled dumplings native to Tibet. Momos and other Tibetan cuisine are becoming increasingly available in street food carts throughout the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens.
The Sera Jey Buddhist Culture Center is dedicated for the Tibetan community in New York City and to Tibet’s unique spiritual tradition and cultural heritage.
Although Americans practice Buddhism at increasingly popular Tibetan meditation centers, Tibetans are more likely to practice Buddhist rituals in front of their shrines at home. Some say they find it difficult to find time to pray and meditate because of the demands of work and daily life. Others believe Buddhist monks do the spiritual work for them.
Unreached people groups can also be viewed as "hidden" people groups (i.e., they are largely unnoticed and unaffected by the global Body of Christ). In the prayer gallery section below, as well as through the Google Earth prayerwalk tool, you can visualize these hidden people group communities. By doing so, we pray God gives you insight into how to pray through what you see. By scrolling through major points of interest in the prayer gallery section, pray for people you see, and pray that the peace and hope of Jesus will become known to people who frequent these places. Through the Google Earth prayerwalk tool linked at the bottom of the page, you can virtually prayerwalk through the community, praying "on site with insight." You could also take the route and points of interest from that tool and save them to your "Google Maps" to prayerwalk in person. Allow the following three steps to guide your prayers using these tools, and try prayerwalking with another person or small group! God hears the voice of His people, and He responds to our prayers!
Praise God for who He is. Thank Him for His blessings and salvation that is extended to all peoples. Praise and thank Him for appointing the time and boundaries of this people group's presence in North America so that they might seek Him and find Him (Acts 17:26). Pray Scriptures that come to mind about His glory being made known among all peoples and nations (e.g., Rev 7:9-10).
Luke 10:2 says “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Pray for God's laborers to share Christ's love through hospitality to this people group. Pray for laborers among this community to establish loving relationships and proclaim the gospel. Pray for Christians to emerge from within this people group who will reach their friends and family members.
Most members of unreached people group communities remain unreached because they have failed to hear the gospel in ways they can understand. Others have heard the gospel but have many barriers to overcome before receiving the gospel. Pray that this community will understand the gospel. Pray for God to draw them to Jesus and remove the barriers that keep them from salvation in Christ.
Visit this page to learn general information about Tibetan communities in North America and their religious beliefs. Also, discover resources to help share Jesus with them in their language.
Prayerwalk through some of the main Tibetan restaurants, places of worship, and businesses in Metro New York using a tool we developed in Google Earth. You could also do a prayerwalk in person using the same points of interest.