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Dharma Bums Free Tibet World Tour

The Dharma Bums performing on Tibetan National Uprising day on 10th March.

The Dharma Bums performing on Tibetan National Uprising day on 10th March. The Dharma Bums

The Dharma Bums have played every Woodstock reunion since Woodstock 20 in 1989, in which year they also played their first 10th March demonstration in Dharamshala. They have been "on the road" ever since, touring the US, Europe, and Asia, where they even performed for the Dalai Lama himself. Since then, they have always been in the forefront of international protest movements against injustice, destruction of the environment, and the genocide of the Tibetan people, playing their special brand of music, a "raga-reggae-rock" deeply-rooted in both Eastern Spirituality and Western Rock and Roll.

The Dharma Bums will return to Brussels this September to participate in this year's Seventh International TSG Conference. The Dharma Bums played several times during the 2007 Brussels conference, and look forward to kicking off their "Free Tibet World Tour" at this year's conference.

The band was founded by Tibetan scholar Phil Void in the early 1970s in India and Nepal, and since then they have traveled and performed widely, including numerous tours of the United States, Europe and Asia, with trips to India, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Thailand, Hong Kong, Beijing, the Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark and Nepal, and even appeared in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1986.

Every year they have been the featured performers at 10 March demonstrations around the world, sometimes in Dharamshala, sometimes New York City, but for the last five years on the steps of City Hall in San Francisco.

During one of their overseas tours, while participating in the World Festival of Sacred Music in India in April 2000, they performed at a private audience for His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala.

Following this meeting, His Holiness wrote an introduction to the Dharma Bums songbook, "Hymns to Buddha", saying this about their music:

“Not only have they taken a keen interest in Buddhist teachings over many years, but they have also made the themes of such teachings the substance of many of their songs. What’s more, they have sought at every opportunity to draw attention to the cause of Tibet and to sing up for the freedom of the Tibetan people, for which I thank them. ... I believe that the Dharma Bums are intent on achieving true happiness for others and themselves, as this collection of their songs makes clear.”

Over this past year, the band has travelled widely, and has been featured locally at Mountain Jam and Ecofest (in Times Square).

The Dharma Bums have performed at several Kalachakra Initiations with the Dalai Lama: in Barcelona, Spain in 1998; Toronto, Canada in 2004; Amaravati, India in 2006; Washington DC in 2011; and Leh, Ladakh, in 2015.

In 2005, they were presented the Tibetan Music Award for Best Foreign Group, and have performed at several Tibetan Music Festivals presented by Gonpo Entertainment, as well as the Miss Tibet Pageant, the Tibetan Olympics, and at the Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi, during the Dalai Lama’s teaching during the Tibetan uprising of 2008. They were the headliners for the benefit concert for the Dalai Lama at the Frankfurt Football Stadium during the Dalai Lama’s teachings there in 2009. They also performed at the World Festival of Sacred Music in Thailand in 2000, and at an audience with the Dalai Lama for the Tibetan community in New York City at Madison Square Garden in 2003. Another notable performance was with the Drepung Monks at the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Emory University Tibetan Studies Program in Atlanta in 2010.

In 2013, the Dharma Bums did two tours in India, performing at the International Buddhist Confederation meeting, the Buddhist Heritage Festival of Ladakh, and the Inner Path Festival of Buddhism.

This was followed by a two-week tour in Goa, where they performed at the Saturday Night Market with Indian Rock Legend Gary Lawyer.

During the Dharma Bums participation in this years TSG Conference, the band will be performing their "Dharma Kirtan for Tibet", as well as rocking the house with full tilt "Raga Reggae Rock". They look forward to performing for you at the conference, and in your home country during their upcoming "Dharma Bums Free Tibet World Tour".

For further information, contact the Dharma Bums at [email protected], or visit online at

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