Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Thriving Community

Each day I am more impressed and motivated by the thriving community of Tibetan artists, careers centers, NGO’s, and resources and assistance available around this beautiful, hilly town.

Today I met with the Tibetan Women’s Association, which empowers Tibetan women living in communities not only in Dharamsala, but all across India and abroad.  Seeing women working for women and ready to have frank and decisive discussion about the progression of their community always invigorates me, as well as further solidifies my belief in the power of women.  No matter where you go in the world, small groups of strong, dedicated women working together create progressive environments that nurture and challenge.  I am excited to learn more from TWA in the future.

Afterward, as per TWA’s suggestion, I crossed town to meet Dolker, a woman working at the Tibetan Career Center.  With her firm gaze and unabashed discussion of women’s issues, violence against women, and the need for sex education, I stumbled upon another wonderful resource in the world of Tibetan women.  She immediately had a handful of suggestions for me, from groups to check out to events for attending.

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First Meeting

I have, after years of study and preparation, finally met one of the ani (Tibetan nun) face-to-face.  The meeting gave me great hopes for this project’s success.

Stepping onto the grounds of Geden Choeling, the oldest ani gompo (Tibetan nunnery) in Dharamsala, I looked from door to door, saw nuns doing laundry, cooking together, thriving in their own community in exile from their homeland, and felt a rush of surreal excitement.  This was Geden Choeling, the place I’d read about and imagined, this was the place.  A true dharamsala – because the name itself literally means “Safe haven for the people of the dharma.”

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