September 10th, 2019.
Active Nonviolence Education Center celebrates its 12th year anniversary.
The plight of the Tibetan people ultimately inspired the Gendlers on a path that would sustain the couple for the next two decades. Knowing that the Dalai Lama had told the Tibetans that their struggle to regain freedom must be nonviolent, but that they were having little success. It was during an audience with the Dalai Lama the very next month that the Gendlers suggested the Tibetans might have more success if they learned new ways to struggle nonviolently. “That was the beginning”, recalled Gendler.
Initially, both Mary and Rabbi Everett Gendler personally gave workshops and training around Tibetan settlements and offices but the fact that they had to often cover thousands of miles to come and train/give workshops, they decided on setting up a center here in India. With the guidance and help of Dalai Lama, Central Tibetan Administration, and permission from the Indian Government ANEC was established by Mary and Rabbi Everett Gendler in the year 2007.
Envisioning a comprehensive educational program for the Tibetan community to increase and strengthen the message of nonviolence as the appropriate path for the Tibetan struggle, ANEC trains, strategizes and educates Tibetan diaspora in India on nonviolent means and methods. Today marks the 12th year of our struggle for the restoration of human dignity and justice for Tibet through education and workshops. ANEC extends its heartfelt gratitude and thanks to Mary and Rabbi Everett Gendler and it’s previous directors and trainers for making the center what it is today.