The day has finally come. The day we left a small town that has touched our heart and soul in so many ways. We have been a part of a wonderful community in McLeod Ganj. We volunteered, we made friends, we listened to and shared stories, we learned what we like to do, we tasted freedom, we were surrounded by snow capped mountains, we saw Dalai Lama, we had the time of our lives. But all things come and go. We had to move on. We had final breakfast in Carpe Diem…. Read More
On a fine Saturday, I was introduced by Elena to her conversation buddy, Sangmo. Sangmo is a Tibetan nun who is eager to learn English. Elena converses with Sangmo daily, except Sunday. The three of us had lunch at Nick’s. Then we walked to Sangmo’s house. Her house was a simple 1 room house, with a few modern electrical appliances like rice cooker and stove. No fridge, no TV, no fan though. I was so humbled by how simplicity can bring so much happiness in one’s life. She’s the happy-go-lucky type of woman…. Read More
By the eighth day in McLeod Ganj, we have pretty much come to a routine. Most of the time, we eat breakfast at Snow Lion. After breakfast, I would go to Tushita Meditation Centre for daily guided meditation, and Elena would have 1-to-1 conversation with a nun (assigned by LHA). We would then meet for lunch. After which, I would continue with my daily volunteering for computer class at LHA, while Elena does her own thing. In the late afternoon and night, we would find some activity to do, or simply just… Read More
Two days after my visit to Tibetan Delek Hospital and consuming the medicine, I felt better and stronger. I decided I’m ready to take on more activities. I’ve been hearing from people that there is free daily meditation class in the morning. Thus, after breakfast, I set off to Tushita Meditation Centre.
We were pretty lucky. We were in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, when Dalai Lama was scheduled to be teaching there. We were not aware initially and we learned about it from people that we met. If you are interested to attend Dalai Lama’s teaching, check his schedule from his official website.
First time in McLeod Ganj, Volunteering in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, with LHA Charitable Trust for Tibetan Exile Community
After 13 hours of bumpy bus ride, we arrived in McLeod Ganj at 7.30 am. The volunteer coordinator from LHA Charitable Trust, Rabsel, picked us up from the bus stand and walked us to a guesthouse called Pawan House. Pawan House is managed by a Kashmir man, he told me that I’m the first Indonesian to stay there, I feel honored! Rabsel then let us settle down and said he’d meet us the next day in the morning. After checking in the guesthouse and unpacking our stuffs in the room (we each have… Read More