This is an interesting clip from the movie "Kundun" in which the Dalai Lama meets with Chinese generals.
Tashi Choeling Monastery at Dharamsala is a small Kargyue Monastery founded in 1984 by the late Kyidong Rinpoche (Da Lama) to keep the Toe-drug Lineage in Drukpa Kargyue Order alive. It is probably the only of its kind in exile.
Since most of our monks have passed away over the past decade, we've recently accepted 20 young monk students, mostly between 9 - 16. As most of them are from very a remote and inaccessible Village called Aritar in East Sikkim and of an extremely humble background, we find it necessary to seek out sponsorship support for their maintenance and study.
Therefore, we would be very grateful for whatever sponsorship assistance you can offer for these young novices. Furthemore, we would appreciate it greatly if you could treat this request as urgent as we are in dire need of help. We also request that you indicate to us how we can best forward the case history of the individual monk students in the event that you decide to comply with our request. We will happily oblige to fulfill any and all reporting requirements and to provide any additional information about our monastery. Don't hesitate to ask as we are only too happy to oblige.
Looking forward to your favorable response,
|Tibetan Tara Healing Incense, this healing incense is a special inhalent for relieving stress, tension, and depression, about 6 inches long, our tester box had 16 sticks. A traditional Tibetan medicine used for centuries, it is hand prepared and composed of various pure, natural herbs. Dr. (Mrs.) Dhadon Jamling, Tashi Choeling Monastery, Dharamsala, India.|
main street - small temple
McLeod Ganj, Dharmsala, India (11.4 – 12.8.07)
11.5.07 After a VERY LONG 12-hour bumpy, overnight, supposedly 1st class bus ride from Delhi, we arrived here in Dharmsala, India - the foothills of the Himalaya's on Sunday, Nov, 4th. After a taxi-ride up the steep side of these mountains, we arrived at the Tibet Charity Multi-Education Center for Tibetan refugees at McLeod Ganj, the city that India gave to the Tibetans when China took over their country and which the Dalai Lama now calls his main residence.
What a LONG bus trip! But it even included a 2nd FREE bathroom break, but the 2nd one was at a very dark – Mafia-looking gas station, where there were no doors, lights or anything, just a wall…to which one went behind to…you know what!
The next morning, we had the day off to rest & explore! We went back to the Gakyi (Tibetan Vegetarian) Restaurant, owned by Mrs. Kalsang Dickyi. She appears to be an excellent manager & they have delicious meals – a variety that seems to appeal to a variety of tourists. We have now just had breakfast of eggs, Tibetan brown bread (this could used as door stops), curd (yogurt) & hot ginger/lemon/honey tea. They also have delicious oatmeal ‘porridge.’ Chuck & Kirst had ‘barley’ porridge – it was ok, but not my favorite. We also found a nice computer center that has ‘Skype’ so we can call & talk with Kels for as long as we want – computer use is only about $.75 an hour.
After a day to recover from the bus trip, we are now teaching! Kirst has an adult morning class (9-10:30). Chuck & I each have private students from 2-3pm. I am working with a young housewife, Yangdon, in her apt & Chuck is with a beginner monk. We both teach a conversation class at 3:30 for an hour. Yangdon is really cute – friendly & eager to learn! She has 2 sons, one is 13 (at boarding school) & the other is 5 y.o. - he loves my rubber chicken that I have hanging on my backpack!
11.9.07 This morning we attended a 3-hour teaching of the Dalai Lama at his temple. Kirsty saved us a place on the floor with a mat & cushions - there must have been hundreds there - they served everyone butter tea, but we skipped out on their lunch & went down the road a piece for momos. He taught in Tibetan to the Mongolian/Russian group, but we listened to it on a FM radio in English - can't say I got all of it, but some of the ideas.
11.11.07 We just finished lunch & stopped at a bakery to get comfort sugar items to eat & some for our apt. We spent the morning reading & having a delicious fried in butter- oatmeal patties, tea, & curd on our sunny balcony. Kirst made a great fried sugar coating for the oatmeal!
11.15.07 Teaching English is fun – Because my student's son is at boarding school & can get lonely, we are making a photo album with captions that she writes in English & then also with a Tibetan translation below each picture. He can take it back with him to school in December. She seems to like that idea.
We are finally getting a rhythm to living here - almost got the grocery thing down - but carrying it up the mountain to our apt is 133 steps straight up from the road OR if we go the long way on the road (with no steps) there are the monkey families to negotiate – can be quite challenging! It is wise to either have a rock in your hand – ready to throw at them or pretend to have a rock in your hand as you aim for them. It is mating season & they are fighting! It is also a bit dangerous to get between a mother & her baby! AND there are lots of those! Didn’t think I would need rabies shots, but some of the other volunteer couples got theirs - if you get bitten, the treatment requires less injections if you have had the initial ones. Oh well, next time we will know…if there is a next time???
Jogibara Road in McLeod Ganj, Dharmsala, India ( ปี 2005 )
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11/18/071 We are going on Week 3 of teaching & it has been a lot of fun! One of the teachers, Trevor had his last day on Friday. It is now the last week for another lady, Birnie, from Boston. Chuck now has 2 private students & I am still working with Yangdon. She patiently demonstrated how to make vegetable ‘momos’ on Friday, while Kirst & I attempted to shape them like she did, 3 different shapes - cresent, round, & square - but it is quite a skill & we didn’t come close to getting it right. After they were steamed tho’, they all tasted the same - delicious!
She invited the other teachers – we had a great time eating momos & mushroom soup. I brought a lemon cheesecake from a restaurant that we love. It was a great time with opportunities for pictures for her son's photo album. Hopefully, he will love it!
Kirst has an intermediate English class of about 12 – she just returned a few minutes ago, from a hike with one of the monks who has never hiked before. They were gone ALL day – so guess he liked hiking & they didn’t get lost – the 1 map for this area, apparently is not accurate. Kirst also has 2 private students – it is so interesting to find out her lesson plans for each of them & her class. According to some – she is quite popular!
The Tibetan students, monks, and others that we have met are quite incredible people - even tho' they have had to flee their Tibetan homeland - often in the night to escape the tortures of the Chinese, they are sweet natured - love to laugh – love to sing our silly songs, love to play card games & are so eager to learn English! They make use of every opportunity to take a class or practice. Some of them are here from other parts of India just so they can get this opportunity to learn or practice English. They also love to debate, as that is also part of what they do to learn Buddhism, so...we had them debating in English - something simple, the virtues of eating with chopsticks, fork & spoon, & fingers. They had fun with that! We also played a card game, Apples & Apples (nouns & adjectives) they LOVED it!!
A ‘McLeod Ganj’ kind of day
We just finished lunch & stopped at a bakery to get comfort sugar items to eat & some to have in our apt. We spent the morning reading & having a delicious, fried-in-butter, oatmeal patties, tea, & curd on our sunny balcony. Kirst made a great fried sugar coating for the oatmeal!
Daily life in McLeod Ganj:
We enjoy a cup of tea/coffee on the balcony, but we have to keep watch – yesterday, they climbed on the railing behind Chuck (a foot away) & then came back into the apt a few minutes later - jumped up to a shelf & grabbed a package of cinnamon. Chuck yelled at him/her & s/he dropped the package right away. So….we watch our open door & our backs!
Several days ago, I had left the door open & while Chuck was watching the news, a monkey came in & stole our spagetti which was on the 3rd shelf! He then sat on the next-door roof & kept watching our door - quite sneaky & smart! Hard to outsmart these characters! SO... no open doors anymore!
It is quite an interesting life! I will pick up 3 pans of brownies in an hour to take to our school so that we can share a little Thanksgiving with about 40-50 students. We also have a Thanksgiving song, a wordsearch & a BINGO game for the afternoon - if we can find a copy machine...a shop owner died, so the stores were closed this morning. But our Thanksgiving party will be fun! Then for supper we have signed up for a Thanksgiving dinner of sorts...pumpkin soup, spinach & potato momos & carrot cake. We will sit on a cushioned/pillowed floor with at least one other American lady from Boston and a Briish couple. Interesting combination of people for Thanksgiving!
PS. Yesterday we found out that the lady that has been making our lunches at the school came down with typhoid! YIKES!! Hope our vaccinations hold out!
PS 1/10/08 - Despite the hard beds, the cold, & the steps - we already miss the people and are trying to figure out how & when to go back!
Many travelers come here, and the atmosphere is like that in Kathmandu. This is where the Dalai Lama lives with his followers. It is located at an altitude between 1200m and 1800m, so it is a pleasant place to come in the summer, but the winters gets very cold. Located in a beautiful area, it is a nice place to take a walk around the countryside.
The town is divided into a lower part and upper part, which is called McLeod Ganj, 10km above Dharamsala. Most visitors stay in McLeod Ganj. The Tibetan Government in Exile is located at Gangchen Kyishong, four km from Dharamsala.