Now Dulal wants such a sacred space in the Beehive State, where he can join with about 2,000 Bhutanese refugees to practice their faith, preserve their traditions, and pass on their language.
Refugees have “a right to feel welcome and to be treated with dignity,” the league’s mission statement says, and “to know that they have friends willing to defend their right to live peacefully in their new homeland, maintain their cultural preferences, and practice their religious devotions openly without restrictions or harassment.”
The refugees are in the beginning phase, one he knows well: Setting up a religious nonprofit, considering locations, talking about land use and what it takes to build a sacred structure.
Starting in the 17th century, Bhutan and Nepalese Hindus lived in peace side by side with Tibetan Buddhists in the southern part of the country, sharing the benefits of religious freedom to practice their faith.