Aamod at Ala Dalhousie
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... in the past 50 years, and there are many Tibetan communities-in-exile all across the country today while they become a minority in their own homeland due to Chinese oppression. When the Dalai Lama is not traveling around the world preaching his message of humanity and compassion, he makes his home in McLeod Ganj, a small community uphill from Dharamsala itself. This little place has developed into a beacon for spiritual travelers from all over the world. ...
... raped by the Chinese government. I was told how as a child in Tibet, you would see so many birds and animals and the vast empty beauty of the country, but decades after the Chinese came, it was being tarnished everywhere you looked. The Chinese government said that they had come to liberate Tibet from feudal rule (and this, depending on the scholar you talk to, may hold some truth), but any feudal rule they had in place ...
... My friend Ari Grief was argued that the greatest thing separating developing nations from those developed was proper access to sanitation. After the progress in this community, I am not sure he could be more correct.
That evening we headed to a Tibetan cooking class in the home of three people. We learned to make our own momos! We feasted on fresh vegatable soup and Tibetan pizza. the family who hosted us had an amazing story of ...
... with Sonam, Kanka and Gaisom. We had given them their gifts at our last family dinner and this morning they gave us our final gifts - including Kata scarves and protective red strings from the Dalai Lama. We laughed together like we always do and chatted about all sorts of things, trying not to think of the finality of it all. But, of course, I cried anyway.
Time, in all of ...
... everybody but only the most needy
seemed to take them.
The Dalai Lama spoke in Tibetan and
thus all foreigners were dependent on little radios with headphones
on which we could listen to the translation. Unfortunately there was
not much essence coming across since the translator often only had 5
minutes to explain what his holiness had said in 20 minutes.
Overall it was a great experience to
see the Dalai Lama in person ...