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The Tiger's Nest in Bhutan. Photo by Chelsea Ferrel.

Instructor

“You don’t have to be a philosopher;  you just have to want to know who you are” -Padmasambhava

 

Tashi Delek and Kuzu Zangpo la to all!

My name is Tsering and I am thrilled to be one of your instructors for Bhutan course this summer.

Growing up in Nepal, I could have never imagined that, Bhutan, where I spend some of my winter school breaks visiting my grandparents – a small, sleepy village country would one day garner worldwide focus for its unique approach to preserving its heritage and where compassion and happiness is a government policy.

Isolated by geography, secluded by choice, Bhutan is indeed a unique country straddling between the old and the new. A proud Buddhist kingdom, where the concept of happiness and teachings of Padmasambhava are deeply rooted in all aspects of the the country including everyday social life and government alike, Bhutan delicately balances traditions while trying to keep up with the rest of the rapidly modernizing world.

The Bhutan I remember as a child was very different than what it is today and yet at the core, many things remain unchanged. Bhutan is a country of stark contrasts. Age old traditions coexist with modernization. Nature is respected and considered as a holy entity and a part of our very existence. Happiness is described as inner peace and personal contentment.

As you make your way to Bhutan, you will see a unique way of life, a world that is quite different than the west, a group of people proud of their identity and culture, who do not oppose change but prefer it at a pace that does not interfere with their unique way of life, and might I even say, people who are really happy?

During this trip, you will be challenged to step out of your comfort zone and have an open mind about new experiences. And we will do it together as a team. I am pleased that we will be able to observe and experience this unique country together. I am thrilled and honored to be a part of your learning experience and personal journeys. But truth be told, it will be you and your experience that will inspire me more.

As your trip draws closer, if you have any questions or concerns or anything, please feel free to email me ([email protected]) or post on the Yak board. I look forward to meeting you all in person!

Kadrin Che la !

Your instructor,

Tsering

[ A bit about me! I was born in Nepal. My father is Tibetan and mother was Bhutanese. My family moved to Canada during my early teens and that is where I spend much of my adulthood and completed my Bachelors and Masters degree. I am currently based in Nepal dipping in and out to visit my family and my dog in Canada. I live for Nepalese/Indian style milk tea and spicy hot food (it’s the Bhutanese in me). I am all about bollywood and Hindi/Nepali songs and might also be known to randomly burst out into bollywood dance moves here and there!! ]