When I trace back through my spiritual lineage I return to the Himalayas, to India, Nepal and Tibet and Bhutan. I am inspired by past present and future meditators, yogis and yoginis who devote their life to enlightenment, self realisation and helping others. Their teachings, and embodied wisdom offers insights that seed the growing practice of living mindfully, of breathing easy, of waking up.
In the spirit of gratitude, friends and I have since 2007 run special restorative classes, or ‘rest gatherings’ to raise funds for Himalayan region children living in India and Nepal. Funds go toward education, much needed environmental initiatives and the children’s well being.
I have had the honour in the past few years of personally delivering funds raised and also to live, learn and teach Yoga and English for a time within two Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Nepal. Many of the monks and nuns from as young as five come from remote villages, inaccessible by roads, some having to walk for over a month to reach the monastery. Here they live as a community immersed in the study and practice of Buddhism, and other general school subjects such as English, Tibetan, mathematics and social studies.
What inspires me is that from such a young age the monks and nuns live with a genuine motivation to be kind and compassionate to all beings, inspired by great Lamas such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness the Karmapa.
If you would like to be involved in any way to support the young monks and nuns, please feel welcome to join the rest gatherings throughout 2015 or contact Karla.
2015 ‘rest gatherings’
Please register your interest in the 2015 rest gatherings by contacting Karla,
The first ‘rest and rebuild’ is Saturday the 30th of May, 10.30-1pm at the St Heliers Community Centre, 100 St Heliers Bay Road. $40, all proceeds will be directed to rebuilding projects in Nepal. Bookings essential, tea and some tasty nibbles provided.