In 1993 Lotus Outreach was founded in India (as secular organization, White Lotus Charitable Trust) by Buddhist, lama Khyentse Norbu, to aid Tibetan refugees in Bir, Himachal Pradesh. Struck by the absence of media attention to the abject and widespread suffering of the local population, he expanded the mission of Lotus Outreach to serve the most neglected and forgotten peoples through education.

In 2002 Lotus Outreach was incorporated in California to create a U.S. center of infrastructure. Our affiliates are present in eight nations worldwide and our pro-bono international trustees have diverse backgrounds that span media, academia, human services and finance. Our staff draws on equally rich backgrounds, representing five nations. We have a healthy and productive working rapport that bridges 14 time zones.