The Tibetan Jewish Youth Exchange (TJYE) was established to enhance the cultural identity of both Jewish & Tibetan youth through informal education & to forge links between the Jewish & Tibetan diaspora communities. We actively help these communities' youth movements to empower young people, that they can become leaders & make a difference. This blog will record the continuing work of the project's volunteers, including Jewish volunteers in India & Tibetan leaders on exchange in the UK.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Yesterday: Hiked to Triund with Phantok. The day itself wasn't really TJYE-related, but he did explain to me that Longsho say that in order to be a leader you have to have passed your final high school exams. He also taught me a Tibetan song, decent to hike to, but I forgot it. Determined to learn it while I'm here.

Today: Induction to Dhasa community life continued. Got take for an audience with the Karmapa, the second most revered Tibetan Buddhist figure in this area. Had no time to ask him any questions or speak with him at all - it was straight in, get your sash, and straight out!

In the afternoon I went to the office with Phantok. He wrote a proposal to a Deradun-area school principal in order to request use of their grounds for camp. I checked over the letter and worked with Phantok on its wording. Also got my hands on new TJYE/Longsho t-shirt.

Tomorrow I should be going with Phantok and Namsay to see them approach another principal regarding kids' possible attendance at camp. Plan is we can feed back on stuff like body-language and communication at a future date.


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