When I trace back through my spiritual lineage I return to the Himalayas, to India, Nepal and Tibet with a strong personal affinity to 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.
Thank you to all the participants in the 2012 Rest Gatherings. Karla hand delivered the funds raised in January 2013 . 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 2013 or contact Karla.
2013 rest gatherings to be announced.