Rock for Tibet, a Fundraiser Concert Sat. May 3rd

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Help us raise money to bring more displaced Tibetans to the Sunshine Coast from remote northeast India.

Join us on Saturday May 3rd at 7 pm for a fun concert in the Gibsons United Church hall. The church has kindly donated its facilities to us for the evening.

Tickets: $25

We do not expect to have tickets left by show time, so visit Gaia Fair Trade, MELOmania, Laedeli or Strait Music after April 10th to purchase your ticket.

We have a great lineup: Cornpones, John Marian, Johnny Besso, Billy Hillpickers Light & Denise Olson. Our MC is the talented singer-songwriter Kevin Crofton.

For more information contact me through this site or at 886-1916.

Ellen

HELP PREPARE THE WELCOME
The people of this planet are like members of one human family. Our happiness is interrelated and dependent on the happiness of others.                                         – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In 2007 the Dalai Lama asked the Canadian government to offer Tibetan refugees, who are currently in exile camps in India, the chance to resettle in Canada. The government agreed to relocate 1,000 Tibetans here by 2016.

On the Sunshine Coast we are raising money through Spirit Dance Centre, a local charitable organization, to sponsor the next round of Tibetan families and individuals to join the three families who arrived on the Coast this last winter. We are also involved in projects to make the Sunshine Coast a welcoming community and to promote understanding of Tibetan culture and philosophies.
Your donations to date have gone entirely toward supporting the first Tibetan families. They are now adjusting to our culture, attending school, receiving job training, doing part-time work and starting small businesses of their own.
Thank you to everyone!

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Tibetan Refugees Arriving from North India

I felt India’s draw from a young age, as a teenager I recall. The desire grew after our Grade 13 English teacher in Toronto taught us about Hinduism and explained the Wheel of Nirvana (or self- enlightenment) by having us lie on the floor as she guided us through a process whereby we envisioned the wheel spinning and ourselves moving through the stages of Hindu spirituality.

Although I do wish I had experienced the country in my twenties, the three journeys over the past six years have been uplifting, life changing. They opened so many doors, introducing me to other worlds. Little did I know that it wasn’t just India herself and Indians I would be meeting, but that Tibetan India specifically would begin to play such an important role in my life.

I think of McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala almost daily, about the spiritual atmosphere there and about our dear friends who dwell there. We connect regularly with them and with two young friends who were able to leave India, one to go to Boston to marry a Tibetan-American, the other accompanying a Tibetan Buddhist lama to Belgium. Their lives have changed dramatically over the past year, but they’re young and very adaptable, seasoned refugees who made the gruelling trip out of Tibet (twice in the case of one of them) in their teens and twenties.

We’re not able to help our friends emigrate from India, but we can assist some of the 1000 Tibetans refugees Canada is allowing to enter our country from remote Arunachal Pradesh in the North India Tribal States, located between Myanmar, Bhutan and China. We are sponsors in the Gibsons BC group of six people, and our family will be arriving in a few short weeks at Vancouver International Airport. Along with our financial sponsorship and resettlement support  the families will receive Permanent Residency visas as soon as they set foot on Canadian soil, a priceless gift.

We are excited and a bit nervous about what will unfold over the next few months. Our family speaks very little English (the father, with advanced English, remains behind in India and will join his family a couple of months later.). With the help of Tibetan language sheets and a lot of sign language, and of course our Canadian Tibetan friends, we will learn to work as a team to support each member of the family as they establish themselves in our community and our country.

Tashi delek

Ellen

An Indian Sojourn Contest

CONTEST:

Ellen Besso’s An Indian Sojourn is a travel memoir about ‘One woman’s spiritual experience of travel and volunteering’. Ellen invites you to post your own spiritual travel experience on her Facebook page

The person who submits the best post (APPROXIMATELY 100 WORDS) will win an AUTOGRAPHED PRINT copy of An Indian Sojourn and the e-version Companion Book full of resources and tips about India. Be sure to start your post with the word ‘Contest’.

Deadline to submit is Friday December 9 at 5pm MST.

It’s Wonderful…and terrible

It’s easy to take things for granted when you’ve lived in a country like Canada most of your life. My friend Tahir from Pakistan believes Canada is the best place in the world to live. We who are born here may find it hard to take this in.

We become complacent about the riches we have…our standard of living, a small population with little overcrowding, the beauty of nature and forget that we get up each morning to live rather amazing lives.

Simple AbundanceBook CoverSometimes I forget this, and go to what’s not working in my life. Doing Gratitudes from Sarah Ban Breathnach’sSimple Abundance book each day for the better part of 15 years allows me to stay in “cup is half full” mode most of the time. It’s been even easier lately. When I ask myself why the answer that comes back is that I’m living closer to my true nature.

Travelling and volunteering in developing countries has helped me see what I’ve got in my life at home. Helping out where I can takes me outside myself. Meditation allows subtle insights.

Our Tibetan families are arriving soon from Northern India. It will be a great growth curve for each one of us I imagine. For, although we think we’re prepared, nothing will be as we anticipate. (sort of like when you become a parent, you think you know what’s to come but you really have no idea). We will do our best and learn to work together as a team to support our new family in the ways that each family member needs.

Warmly
Ellen

If you’re interested in Sara Breathnach, here’s a recent, fascinating interview with Oprah last July.