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April 2019: Who I am! Ven Bagdro

“My name is Bagdro. I am a Tibetan monk and a political activist. For three years I was a Tibetan prisoner in a Chinese prison”. This is how Ven. Bagdro introduced himself when we first met him at a local cafe in Dharamsala, where he now lives in exile from the Chinese government. Bagdro was born in 1970 and grew up in Tibet in a poor family. Because of his upbringing, where his sister died of starvation, his only option for survival was to become a monk in 1985. This was when his story began.

 

 

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July 2016: A lesson in compassion

Following the brutal Chinese invasion of Tibet, Tibet’s political leader the Dalai Lama was forced to fled his own country in 1959 and go into exile. He has been living in India ever since. Thousands of Tibetans left their homes to follow their beloved leader, crossing borders to enter the sacred birthplace of Buddhism, where they would at least be free to practice their religion.

Mr. UrgenGyalbo is 70 years old. When I was introduced to him in his home in Ladakh, Mr. Urgen was making lunch in his kitchen: Tibetan dumplings, or momos, a staple in almost every Tibetan meal. His face, tanned and worn from the sun, struck me as extremely kind – indeed, a trait that is shared among the majority of the Tibetans I’ve met. His mannerisms were gentle and sincere, confirming my impression.   Read more…

 

November 2015: Facilitation of educational trip by Danish student group

 Tibet Hope Center coordinated a volunteering cum educational tour for 24 students from a Danish travelling school called HÖJSKOLENDK. They spent 3 weeks in Dharamsala since 15th November to 5th December. During their stay at Dharamsala they were introduced to Tibetan arts and cultures; language and religion; food and recipes; dance and musics; issues and problems.  Read more…