Monday, October 22, 2007

Celebrating the Congressional Medal

My weekend of October 20 was blessed. Opportunities included time at a Tibet and friends of Tibet celebration, and visit a with the family members of Happy Tao the same evening.

Tibet at Union Square
On Saturday, October 20, the Tibetan community of New York gathered in Union Square to celebrate the Congressional Medal of Honor conferred upon His Holiness, the Dalai Lama by President GW Bush earlier in the week.

The MC and the speaker of the house, of the government of Tibet in exile explained to those gathered that the event was organized to allow a time of rejoicing and celebration for any New Yorkers who did not have the chance to make to to Washington D.C.

The weather was perfect, and the celebration full of joy.

I am devoted to the work of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and I am devoted to a bright and just future for the people of Tibet. In addition to this however, a big reason for going today was to hear Yungchen sing.

Here is a small slide show of my time at this wonderful event.

Here are 4 (simple home) videos from the celebration:

Lamas Chanting

Tibetan Dance

Tibetan Guitar Dance

Yunchen Lhamo singing

Master Khan Bada

In the evening, I traveled by train to spend an evening in the home of Yoga instructor, Padma Strater for an abundant dinner, time with friends, and to receive the spiritual teaching of Sabunim Master Khan Bada.

Here is Padma (playing around in her new hat), and Master Khan