Dear friends of Restored Voice Project,
Having been back in the USA for a few months, I am feeling back in the groove – though very much missing the Tibetans of Dharamsala!
Here are some updates for you:
I am about to launch a new site for the project, so this site has been and will continue to be under construction for a while!
Additionally, the book is well underway, with almost all of the interviews translated and transcribed by the fabulous Choekyi-la. She continues to provide clear and beautiful translations for the editing process that will turn interviews into narratives for the book.
Now that the writing and publishing are underway, this page will go from blog\-style to website-style, and there will be less exciting updates as there were before during the fundraising and research on the ground. However, stay tuned for releases of Restored Voice Project’s media: photography of the women and their home, and two videos of the ani-la of Dolma Ling praying together as a community and practicing their fiery dialectics!
Until then, enjoy your summer, monsoon, mango season, fishing season – whatever it is where you call home! RVP is working hard and thinking of you.
Cheers to forward movement!
Ani Yangchen takes a ride down the natural slide outside Dolma Ling, with intern Palden in line for the next go
The Tibetan Nuns Project, the organization with which I used to volunteer and which inspired this project, has recently updated their website. It looks wonderful – so much more sleek, beautiful, and personal.
Also, there is a page featuring some of the stories I read when I conducted my research in Seattle! These are the very bios I encountered in 2010 that spurred my idea for RVP. Take a moment to look through them – these are the women who will be featured in Restored Voice (except that their narratives will be much longer, and their photography will be present as well).
You will see immediately why I find these women so inspiring:
Good news for the Restored Voice Project: I have access to some lovely portraits and images of the Tibetan women of Dharamsala. This means the Kickstarter will launch sooner than expected: September 30th!
An example of Wonderlane’s work, and also of the strength and cheer of these women
Wonderlane, A.K.A. Photographer Libre, has taken beautiful, evocative shots all around the world – including many from Seattle… it all seems to lead back to that place! – and has an extensive collection of Tibetan nuns at Dolma Ling nunnery. I’m always thrilled to discover their smiling faces, and in this case, I really needed some help. January rapidly approaches, and the Kickstarter needs to launch. However ready I may be, I know that I need images of these awe-inspiring ladies to really make this project tangible. But I’ve never been to Dharamsala to take my own media. Photographer Libre – aptly named – is happy to share her photos with me for the informational Kickstarter video, so that I can show the nuns themselves. A video just of me would not be as powerful, because this isn’t really my book. It’s theirs. And I hope to feature photography in the book.
I would like to take this moment to thank Wonderlane publicly. Her work is already exquisite, but it’s made all the more beautiful by her willingness to share and help other artists realize their goals – and, specifically with RVP, to help a project that seeks to share, empower, and spread the word to the world. Kudos, Wonderlane! All of you should definitely check out her site: here is it again. I think a copy of the finished book will magically appear in her mailbox someday…