Dharmashop.com went online in November of 1999. We started with just a few items, then after a family trip to Nepal, Dharmashop founder Sander Cohen dedicated the website to supporting Himalayan Artists. Christy Cohen joined Dharmashop full time in 2002 and the small business started growing.
Dharmashop is different, we support artisans directly, we travel to Nepal every year to maintain relationships and make sure our sourcing is ethical and sustainable. We never buy from Chinese factories or street vendors. We go directly to the artists themselves.
Our goal is to build not just a customer base, but a community online that supports the Tibetan, Newar and Nepalese people. We donate a percentage of profits to Tibetan charities and in 2012 we partnered with the Himalayan Childrens Charities to support school children in the Kathmandu Valley. In 2006 we joined The Tibetan Nun's Project to support ordained women living in exile.
Christy is a Master Gardner, artist and yoga practitioner who also loves to volunteer at our son's school when she's not working in the office or making jewelry for DharmaShop.
Sander is a licensed pilot, musician, volleyball coach and runner and enjoys fixing old watches, riding motorcycles and traveling as much as possible.
Our son, Carter, is 9 and he loves to swim, play soccer, volleyball, baseball, hockey, and read anything and eveything. He collects carniverous plants and bugs and hopes to, one day, have a live jellyfish or snake. He is working on becomming a black belt in Isshinyru karate as well.
We live in Michigan with our cats Katsu and Tempura and our chickens who gives us plenty of fresh eggs. Sadly, we said goodbye to our last of many sweet greyhounds this year. We continue to support greyhound rescue and pet adoption organization.
Thanks for being a part of our community!
Sander and Christy Cohen
May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed.
May the powerless find power
And may people think of benefiting each other.
- H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama