My name is Thalia Lhatso-Suppan and I’m from Boulder, Colorado. I recently graduated from Watershed School and I chose to take a gap year in order to get to know myself and the world around me a little bit more before going to college. I enjoy reading and spending time in nature. I love to travel and have been to China, India, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Greece.
On this course, I’m really looking forward to exploring a new culture and getting to know perspectives that differ from my own. I am excited to learn about Myanmar’s political situation and to form connections with people in the country. I am also really looking forward to delving into meditation. I was raised as a Buddhist and I am interested in seeing the similarities and differences between Buddhism in Myanmar and where I grew up.
The biggest thing I am hoping to take away from this course is a new perspective on the world and my place in it. I am hoping to let go of assumptions I have about the world that are a product of my culture and the way I was raised. I am excited to explore my spiritual path and to get to know a new place on a much deeper level than I ever have before.
Being exposed to Buddhism as a child has shaped me in many ways. I didn’t really understand the religion when I was a young child, but I knew that I had a supportive community around me. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been able to learn about Buddhist philosophy and meditation. I think being introduced to the values of Buddhism from a young age has shaped the way I grew up.
I’m starting to get very excited about the trip! I can’t wait to meet everyone and to start exploring Myanmar!