In rare moments of stillness when I got to sit by the sacred lake Tso Ngonpo, I felt so grateful to return to Tibet for Machik's Summer Enrichment Program 2013 (SEP).
One of the students I got to know this year was Karma, a lanky boy from Yushu, Eastern Tibet. One cold evening I asked him how he liked SEP so far. In his usual thoughtful manner, he replied: “This opportunity is precious to me. In my hometown, I never get to talk with people from all around the world.”
Karma's eagerness to connect with others is a core part of the SEP experience. Whether working alongside each other serving daily meals or rambling over green mountains in the evenings, I once again saw the possibilities that arise from opening our hearts to new encounters. This is the beauty of SEP.
I am thrilled to share with you a video filmed and edited by Khashem Gyal, rising young Tibetan filmmaker and marvelous SEP volunteer. With assistance from students in his photography class, Khashem has beautifully captured the spirit of our intrepid SEP community. Please check out the SEP 2013 video here: http://vimeo.com/80841517
Thank you for making this summer possible for many young Tibetans like Karma!