can at times blossom into something amazing with a connection to some amazing and extremely supporting allies.
I witnessed the matrimony of two Tibetan friends that had I went to
I had a really great time at the wedding seeing and hangin’ with Tseten, Phuntsok, and Nangkyi after so much time, especially in their hometown which was such a pleasure. I ended up getting a bit bubbly-headed after the full day of wedding festivities. In a way, Tibetan weddings reminds me of Las Vegas, without go-go girls, flashing lights and Wayne Newton of course, for there is a lot of drinking, gambling and some dancing, in the form of Tibetan circle dancing, involved. Though this is just a short synopsis of the event I was a happy for their union and I wish them the best in their life.
I celebrated my Christmas and New Years in McLeod Ganj and though there is nothing to talk about I was in the company of good friends and did enjoy myself. Pretty much things stayed the same at Sarah when I returned back from the holidays until the increase in Sarah’s
At first there was a school-wide discussion as to whether or not to have a welcoming event for the newly arriving students that involved singing and dancing. The reason for this being that this year is the anniversary of 50 years in exile for Tibetans, and thus supposedly news was coming from Tibet implying that Tibetans in Tibet will not be celebrating the Tibetan New Year “Losar” this year and so to use that time for the remembrance of all those who had struggled in the movement and as a stand to ruling Chinese government: thus meaning that any celebrations would have been inappropriate. Even the anniversary of the founding of Sarah College was cancelled because of this a few months back, some students were adamant about not having such celebrations for the welcoming of the Emory students and were not too happy when it was finally decided that a show will be done for them.
And so we practiced, in Tshamjor “my class” we had five acts total: there was a traditional Tibetan Dance, we sung a group song called “Phayul di Ngatsho tshangma re: This fatherland belongs of all of us” that went to the tune of “This Land is your Land” and of which because I was the tallest in the class was required to hoist a photograph of the HHDL behind the rest of the singers. I rocked it on the Didgeridoo. Four guys did a Hindi dance routine and the songbird in our class, who is my desk mate, sung a Tibetan or a Hindi song. We practiced for about a week until the day of the show which was on the 18th of January: I think.
Afterwards I gradually became acquainted with all the students and the staff who are some really awesome and incredible people. Especially the nun Ani Kelsang Wangmo, who is the coolest nun that I have ever known; I met her last year with the pass Emory batch and was so impressed by her. She is originally from
I met all or at least most of the students and they all have been so great, especially since they brought the
Recently I have become close to the two T.A’s of the program who have been helping me out as far as my internal mental space is concern. They both have spent considerable time in
All the Emory folks stayed in Sarah for about 6 weeks and had just this week moved up to McLeod Ganj. We celebrated losar together and though this was a “Mourning Losar” we still managed to party but on a much more subdued scale as compared to last year’s Losar.
Right before the students headed to MC Ganj they organized a Talent Show to show some
But now that is all over. March 10th has passed with demonstrations and hunger strikes, One day of teachings from the HHDL, my friend Alyssa is in town whom I have known since my first time in McLeod which. Generally despite all the mental nonsense that I put myself through I have been in a good place, doing something that I love and surrounded by some of the most beautiful, helping, and talented individuals. I am for sure lucky, and I need to constantly remind myself of it for in the midst of the pile up of the bad mental ka-ka that I punish myself with from time to time the beauty that surrounds me is stronger than all that ka-ka.
To end, I would to say that I will be more than likely to get a sponsorship from the Khyentse Foundation to study dialectics here for the next four to five years. The sponsorship will only cover the tuition, thus I will need more assistance for living, for the time that I will have to go the