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father passed away, I read about one of Carol's
workshops in a Learning Annex catalog and
synchronistically found her book on a bookshelf at the
bookstore. The themes of her teachings were
familiar and comforting, as they confirmed the thoughts
and ideas my father had shared with me shortly before
his passing. Her books and workshops ignited my
spiritual curiosity, setting me on my soulful life path,
which led to the very creation of
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~Valerie, Founder and Soul, SoulfulLiving.com
"Journey to Dharamsala"
As many of you know who saw my trip
flyer on this column, I co-led a trip to Dharamsala, India in
late March with my good friend, Dianne Aigaki. Our original
motivation for the trip was to have fun doing a project
together. This principle of looking for the pleasure and fun
in life is something I feel strongly about in terms of
following one’s life purpose. If you do something for fun,
chances are, you’re probably on the right track toward
fulfilling part of your destiny!
Our goal was to meet healers,
artisans, refugees, and spiritual figures and other leaders in
the exile Tibetan community, and to contribute part of the
trip funds to projects that our group would agree upon.
I will summarize the trip in a few
What Was Accomplished:
- We were able to fund a clean water
project for the area where many refugees stay at the beginning
of their life in exile. The Transit School’s current system
was contaminated with pesticides, causing great harm and even
- We contributed another large sum to
GuChuSum, an ex-political prisoner’s organization which
helps former political prisoners and some families still
living in Tibet. Part of our funds will be used for a
computer, desk, and chairs for newcomers.
- We brought donations of clothing,
toys, office supplies for the Reception Center, which receives
new arrivals from Tibet. On the day we took our donations to
the Center, forty Tibetans, including many small children, had
just walked in from the Himalayas (a trip that can take as
long as a month and a half, often in freezing conditions that
leaves refugees with frostbitten fingers and toes that often
must be amputated).
- Many Tibetans living in Dharamsala
earn little more than the equivalent of about thirty dollars a
month. By buying paintings, carvings, and other hand crafted
items, we were able to support Tibetan arts. Eight of us
buying a generous number of handmade nomad dolls provided one
couple with almost a year’s salary. (This was the couple, by
the way, whom I mentioned in an earlier column. They were
forced to leave their three children in Tibet when they fled,
and who are saving up to bring them to freedom.)
In addition to being able to enjoy
being regular tourists and consumers, and the added benefit of
being able to give back to the community we were visiting, we
met an array of impressive and inspiring people, many of whom
have endured incredible challenges, great risks, and loss of
loved ones. We learned so much from each person, and came home
with an increased desire to share with others. Four such
- Rajmohan Gandhi,
the grandson of Mahatma . He spoke of his continuing work in
forgiveness and conflict resolution.
- The 17th Karmapa Lama. This
is the fourteen-year-old reincarnated lama who escaped from
Tibet in January and was written up in Time Magazine.
We were very fortunate to receive a private audience with His
Holiness and just sit quietly in his presence.
- Ani Tenzin Palmo. Born
in England in 1943, Tenzin Palmo intuitively developed at a
young age a strong yearning to "seek Perfection." At
age twenty-one, she became one of the first Western women to
be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun, and spent twelve years
living in a cave in the Himalayas. Her work as already helped
upgrade the status of Buddhist nuns, allowing them to receive
spiritual teachings. Her full story is told in Cave in the
Snow by Vickie Mackenzie.
- Lobsang Tsering and the Monks of
Gyudmed Tantric Monastery. A
leading monk in the community, Lobsang Tsering runs
Shangri-La, a local restaurant whose proceeds supports the
main monastery in southern India. He and four other monks will
be touring the western states of Oregon, Washington,
California and New Mexico between May and October, 2000,
fundraising for the monastery, which desperately needs
sanitary facilities and other necessary improvements. He and
the other monks performed a house blessing ceremony for Dianne’s
new house (which sits on a terrace directly facing the awesome
panorama of the Himalayas). We were treated to a wonderful
session of the famous Tibetan multi-phonic chanting.
Continuing the Contact: Monks’
Dianne has organized a nine-month
tour for the monks of the Gyudmed monastery for California,
Oregon, and Washington. Their schedule is posted on www.gyudmed.org.
If any individuals, churches,
corporations, or other organizations would like to invite the
monks to make sand mandalas, lead discussions or meditations,
give cooking classes, or conduct consecration ceremonies
(great for homes and businesses), please contact coordinators,
Minnie and Stoker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are also welcome. This is a very rare opportunity
to experience the transmission of this ancient tradition!
Our trip was a gift to us in
providing us with such an easy opportunity to express our life’s
purpose and give back some of what we have received in life.
We are considering doing other trips next year. If you think
this sounds like fun, and are interested in a trip for 2001
(probably in March/April), please email me at email@example.com.
I will start a waiting list of interested people. You may
contact Dianne Aigaki directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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