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.”
Folks and friends,
After a careful review process, the Restored Voice Project is now live on the wonderful Kickstarter.com! Here is the link to the project’s page:
Please take a look and pass around this project to the people in your own community who you feel would be excited to support an empowering book of refugee women’s stories. As I say on my Kickstarter page:
I have friends in the arts and education worlds on several continents, from L.A. to Montpellier to Bombay. All of them have expressed excitement about Restored Voice. I think this is a book that people really want to read, and those who have connections have been eager to offer them to me.
There are millions of people out there who want women’s stories to be told. There are millions of people out there who want Tibetan stories to be told. Refugee stories, empowerment stories, spiritual stories, political stories – these nuns’ lives span the passions of so many different people.
Already I have seen such a huge surge of excitement, encouragement, and offers of help and support from so many people. The warmth and generosity of the human spirit, in response to a project like this, is limitless. I’ve already seen it. All RVP needs now is enough people to hear about it!
In my journey to add to the women of Dharamsala’s nunneries voices to the world, I have encountered so many beautiful and empowering acts of art and communication around the globe, for the sake of Tibet.
Check out this Oregonian man’s shop wall – a 10’x100′ mural of Chinese brutality against Tibetans and Tawianese. Chinese officials have been pressuring him to take it down – and the Mayor, in support of freedom of speech, basically told them to stuff it.