March 19, 2009


Tim and I watched a very moving documentary last night, Blindsight. It follows six Tibetan teenagers who climb a mountain near Mount Everest, Lhakpa-Ri peak, 23,000 feet high, an expedition led by Erik Weihenmayer (the blind guy who summited Mount Everest). All of the kids were blind, lead by an American blind climber and their blind German teacher. The group ends up spending the night at the Everest Advanced Base Camp, an incredible feat. Oh man, it was a tear jerker, and very inspiring.

The Tibetan climbers are:

Sonam Bhumtso - "One Hundred Thousand Beautiful Lakes"
Gyenshen - "Victory"
Dachung - "Little Moon"
Kyila - "Happy"
Tenzin - "Keeper of the Buddha's Teaching"
Tashi Pasang - "Lucky"

Those are the meanings of their names, aren't they beautiful? In Tibet, blind people are ostracized because it is thought that blind people are by demons. Or that one must have had very bad karma in a previous life in order for them to be blind in their current one. Families and villages shun children who are blind. Sabriye Tenberken is a German woman (blind) who arrived into Lhasa on her own, bought two horses, and eventually started a school for blind children. She traveled through Tibet and the Himalayas searching for children she could rescue and teach. She wrote the first Braille text for the Tibetan language and she's a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She teaches her kids to read, and write, and they are able to speak 3 languages.

I have such respect and admiration for the Tibetans. They are true to their culture, their spirituality and refuse to give up on their pursuit and struggle for freedom. Last year when Tim and I were in Dharamsala, we were able to witness the lives of Tibetan refugees. Thousands of them live in the small village of Dharamsala, India where they are waiting until one day they can return to Tibet. We visited the residence of the Dalai Lama, and the Tibetan Museum, and Norbulingka.

We talked to a group of guys around our age who owned a small cafe. (that was a bad picture, and my batteries ran out right after that...) They were so cool, all of them wearing "Peace" t-shirts with the Tibetan flag on them. They can't travel outside of India, because they can't get Tibetan passports; only Chinese passports are available for the people of Tibet. The refuse to have a Chinese identity through a passport. Because they live in India, they are eligible for Indian passports, but they refuse because they aren't Indian. This silent but powerful protest was amazing. I was overwhelmed by their cultural pride, and I was so impressed by their decision to stay true to their heritage. I felt so guilty thinking about how easy it was for Tim and I to travel to any country we dreamed of going to, how lucky we are, how good we have it. This movie was another reminder to me of how lucky I am. I have my health, I can see, I have political freedom. It's a reminds me to remember Tibetans, learn about their culture, to help educate other about their situation, and help them preserve their heritage by not forgetting them. The Tibetan Children's Village, a school for Tibetan refugee children in Dharamsala is below: (pretty powerful right?)


somebody said...


lee young said...

ICC CT 2017 Live Streaming
ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Schedule
ICC Champions Trophy 2017 New Zealand Team Players List

istikhara ki dua said...

Dua for Love and Attraction in Couples, ” Dua for Love and Attraction in Couples , ” As Salamu ‘Alaykum to all my lovely people who are reading this. Today, I would like to throw a light on a healthier married life in Islam. Dua for Any Wish Hajat to Come True Dua for Any Wish Hajat to Come True , ” In this perishable world, there are millions of people who have their own millions of wishes. Wishes mean so much for them. Some need money, some need the home, some need to ease their financial hardships and some want to
Taweez for Making Someone Love YouTaweez for Making Someone Love You , ” If you want some one to fall in love with you but you dont want to to do long wazaif or wazaif to recite daily, then this is the taweez for you, On the first Thursday of the moon write this taweez
Kisi ko Wapas Pane ka Wazifa Ager aap ka piyar aap sey bichar gaya hai waja chahye jo bhi aur aap usey k bagher jiney ka tasawor bhi nahi kersaktey, aur usey her surat men wapis hasil kerna chahtey han tu Kisi ko Wapas Pane ka Wazifa aap k liye hi hai, Ye wazifa larka aur larki
Narazgi Khatam Karne Ka Wazifa Ager aap sey koi kisi bhi baat per naraz hogaya hai tu usey mananey men pahel karen is ka bohet ajr o sawab hai, aur hadees men ata hai k 3 din sey zada narazgi sahi nahi, tu Narazgi Khatam Karne k liye 21 bar ” Ya Maniu ” sobha aur
Wazifa To Make Parents Agree For Love Marriage
Pyar Mein Pagal Karne Ka Wazifa
Powerful Dua For Pleasing Husband
Wazifa To Create Love Someone Heart


Blog Archive