The Dharma Bums were founded by songwriter Phil Void in the early 1970s in India and Nepal, and since then the group has performed and recorded all over the world. Their special commitment has always been to the cause of a Free Tibet, and many of their songs reflect this sentiment. The band has traveled and performed all over the world, including numerous trips to India, and even appeared in Lhasa Tibet in 1986. During the Year of Tibet (1991) the band played at many Tibet support events, and toured the U.S. to promote the Tibetan cause.
While participating in the World Festival of Sacred Music in India in April 2000, they performed for His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. Following this meeting, His Holiness wrote of them in a special Message:
“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.”
Since then, they have continued to perform around the world, including trips to India, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, Thailand, Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark, and Nepal. They were voted Tibetan Music Award for Best Foreign Group, and have performed at the Miss Tibet Pageant, the Tibetan Olympics, and other events on behalf of the Tibetan cause, and will continue to do so until Tibet is free!