Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama

and about 10.000 exile Tibetans.

I have lost track of time.
How long have i been here in this wonderful Tibetan colony.
I taught German and English to some really motivated Tibetans.
They have organised a whole volunteer system to teach interested people, not only from Tibet, but also from Bhutan, Vietnam, Nepal etc. for free.
When you talk to the Tibetans on thing i really dominating the topic, Chinese Occupation and the suppression of Tibetans. You get to know how they crossed the Himalayans, how the Chinese raid the natural ressources of Tibet (which are really rich by the way) and destroy most of the wild life.
The Tibetan flag is omnipresent and you can see “Free Tibet”-signs and stickers in all variations.
All is overshadowed by huge posters of the People who burned themselves for peaceful protest. So far it have been 59 people immolating themselves, and the number is growing.
The tibetans don’t even want a free Tibet anymore, because they know China will never give it up, but the want an end to the suppression, and the killing and torturing of innocent people.
To give an example, in Tibet you are not allowed to have a Picture of the Dalai Lama in your Home, otherwise you will go to prison. And i think everybody agrees, that the Dalai Lama is nobody to be scared of.

These people are refugees, political refugees, who don’t have freedom in their home country, and because everybody is eager to make business with china, nobody dares to touch this sensible topic on a political level.

BUT
Even though the situation seems hopeless, the people are happy. They enjoy their lives and smile.
Because:
“If you have a problem and there is a solution to it, you don’t need to worry.
And if you have a problem and there is no solution, there is simply no point in worrying.”

So please inform yourself about this issue, and also inform others if you already know, because some people don’t even know what Tibet is… :-/

but enough of Tibet.

I had a Reiki session, which was impressive.
I make progress in Meditiation, even though i still don’t have a teacher.
I got sick again, but i got over the worse. Just a little cough and clogged nose left.

My plan is to go back to Bir for a day, and after that take a train to Karnataka.
I heard Hampi and Gokarna are 2 of the most beautiful places in India, the Ole is going to investigate 🙂

Now:
Pictures:

One central temple with prayer mills in Dharamsala

The audience for the play due to the 52nd Aniverary of the Tibetan Childrens Village

The sitting kids symbolize the Tibetan border, the ones inside the different aspects of tibetan culture…it was really a really neat play about Tibetan history….and yes at some point China came, occupied it, cut down the Trees and killed the Animals.

Khampa, a Tibetan guy i know from English conversation class. we hiked to the bakhsu waterfall.

Just the Ole, chillaxing at the river 🙂

On our way back, this guy wanted to sell drugs to me. When i realized that i was seeing a real Arian i had to refuse the drugs and take a pic instead. (Look at those eyes!!!)

Speaking of Arians, Indians have no problem with svastikas whatsoever…

Second trip to the waterfall with Patch, a crazy yet cool Irish guy, i somehow forgot to take a pic…it will follow
We got onto the river pretty far down and rock climbed our way up as far as possible. when we saw this nice place with the amazing stone faces we stopped. (it might be that we stopped because Patch had a little accident…but the place was amazing!!)

so after a while of reading, relaxing and accupressure, i decided to take a shower 😉

After taking a shower, you need to enjoy the other attractions, too!
So JUMP!! *brrr

First shocked

Then happy!!

This guy is Rajan, my german student..or a chance to earn some pocket money…

I hope you all are well, i am feeling better and think i’ll be completely healthy in a few days 🙂

So long Ole

p.s.: I am really interested in who reads this Blog, can anybody who reads this write a little comment? either here or on facebook?….i am a little curious 😀

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14 thoughts on “Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama

  1. ich verfolge deinen blog auch. warte schon immer gespannt auf den nächsten eintrag. es is super interessant was du so erlebst. du beschreibst es auch alles schön, so dass man sich das alles, zusammen mit den fotos, gut vorstellen kann. weiter so!
    p.s.: 9 monate hast du noch zeit um mich hier in mexiko zu besuchen 😉

  2. Ole, immer wenn was neues drinsteht, lesen wir laut vor, es ist grossartig, zu wissen wie du dich durchschlaegst, welche aufregenden menschen und orte du findest, wir sind stolz auf dich, frischen unser englisch auf, diskutieren ueber deine gedanken, liebe von deiner familie und gute besserung

  3. Auch ich lese mit. Nut eine Frage: Warum sind im Plan 2 Kontinente ausgespart? Antarktis verstehe ich. Aber Afrika? Du wirst wissen was du tust. In jedem Fall viel Spaß…

  4. Danke, dass du uns an deiner Reise teilhaben lässt.
    Ich habe noch keinen Eintrag verpasst! (Ok, ich weiß, dass das bei einem Blog nicht so schwer ist, aber irgendwie muss ich doch meine Begeisterung ausdrücken :D)
    [wink^^]

  5. I hope you get other comments in addition to mine! Whatever i ´m very enjoy reading your diary and looking at the pictures every time. (especially if i can see you!) Many thanks for the last also! Very interesting your description about Tibetans, above all for people, who dont know it.
    Now I think why you are sick: look the foto”So JUMP!! *brrr!”! Very cold!! But I wish you a speedy recover to can continue your travel being well. Greetings to your friends in Dharamsala and later in Goa! Maybe they can help you to make progress in Meditation?
    A lot of hugs! Be happy and healthy and protected all the time ! I´m looking forward to your next comment!

  6. I’m also tracking along with you. Don’t quit. The way you write and the photos let me take part at your journey. just al little but at least a little 😉

  7. Dear son, I’m very proud of you – and I’m very glad for you: Because you love to “inhale” these impressions and expiriences on your own way!

  8. Following since the first day 🙂
    love your blog and to read about your stories.
    i really hope you keep posting so your blog doesnt end up like mine that hasnt been updated in around 6 months i guess.
    best wishes from bolivia
    johannes

  9. So viele wundervolle Kommentare… du trägst Gedanken, Emotionen und Ideen in die Welt, die viele Menschen gerne lesen und zum nachdenken anregen:) Wir sind in Gedanken alle bei dir, was für dich bedeuten soll, dass du nicht alleine bist auf deiner Reise.

  10. Love to hear about your adventures. It was crazy jumping in water. It looked very shallow with rocks. Cold is ok. I look forward to seeing more pics.

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