Our mission is to create a new day with a new dawn where the voices of the marginalized are heard and culture is at the forefront of development. To build harmonious and equitable societies with sustainable transformations, by respectfully incorporating indigenous knowledge systems so as to coexist with the new realties of the globalized world. In the Nepalese context, Dharmadhatu applies this framework to its efforts that focus on the rights, inclusion and equality of the Indigenous Peoples of Nepal, women and “the untouchable” community known as Dalits.
Message from the Founder
“Go forth on your journey, for the benefit of the many, for the joy of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the welfare, for the benefit and joy of mankind.” - Buddha Sakyamuni
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” – Patanjali Muni
Struggle Against Marginalization in Nepal
Democracy was established in Nepal in April 1990. It provided diverse groups space to express their opinions openly and to assert their identities and rights as citizens. However, the dominant order has remained largely confined to male Brahmans (Bahuns) and Kshatriyas (Thakuris and Chhetris) from the traditionally influential Parbatiya or Hill Hindu group, and the urban-based and generally well educated Newars. The democratic transition failed to deliver on the promise of an inclusive polity mainly because, like most institutions in Nepal, the political parties continued to operate on the basis of deeply embedded and mutually reinforcing feudal, caste and patriarchal norms and networks – and were thus unable to represent and articulate the demands of all Nepalis. Those left at the margins were women; the “tribal” indigenous ethnic groups, the Adivasi janajatis or “Indigenous nationalities”; and the formerly “untouchable” castes now calling themselves Dalits (“opposed”, “broken” or “crushed”). Pg. 3, 2006 Read More..