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An evening puja at Assi Ghat. Pujas occur every morning and evening paying respect to the Mother Ganga. Photo by Christine Tsai (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest Finalist), India Semester.

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Cycles

Shane, Participant

Yak of the Week

The first night we arrived in Jomsom, Mustang I was thrown into introspection. When nightfall came and we walked outside, we saw the clearest stars of ours lives. I knew this was my first chance to take a time lapse of the stars and I had to take......Read More

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Let’s Sit a Little

Sage Mountain, Participant

Thursday, October 24 2019 Ananda Treehouse, Boudha Kopan Retreat Reflection I have spent the past seven days in retreat at Kopan Monastery, perched on an immense hillside overlooking the Kathmandu valley. The retreat provided an introduction to......Read More

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On Egg Thukpa

Christopher Liu, Participant

Yak of the Week

Wikipedia describes thukpa as a type of Tibetan noodle soup, or rather a “generic Tibetan word for any soup or stew combined with noodles.” I am unsure as to the specifics of the egg thukpa served at the Thrangu Cafe at the Thrangu Tashi......Read More

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Runakuna and mountains

Hayden McJunkin, Participant

Yak of the Week

The Quechua people of the mountains are deeply sewn into their environment to create a way of life that is very different from our own. The people (Runakuna), the watchers, and places (Tirakuna) weave a band of fabric through collaboration. As an......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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Reflections on Dene

Griot Team 1: Arli, Elizabeth and Lucie, Participant

Yak of the Week

Arli’s Reflections: As I sat here writing the yak, I couldn’t help but feel the urge to dance around to the beat of the dreams and go back to the night before we left Dene. The sense of acceptance and sharing of culture from one person to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Guatemala

Guatemala: Spanish Language & Grassroots Activism

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When Worlds Collide

Katherine, Participant

How do oppressed communities fight control in order to stay genuine and keep beliefs and culture alive? How can a group of people be resilient when faced with life or death options? While staying in San Antonio we visited a house that held the......Read More

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Festival de Santa Maria

Rose Fitzgerald, Participant

Yak of the Week

When I return to my homestay, I am surprised to find the kitchen packed with people. Women are lighting candles and stirring an enormous pot, a man with a mullet uncovers an electric piano, my Host Mother waves me inside and ushers me towards a......Read More

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Mindfulness

Arwyn Drew, Participant

Yak of the Week

To be able to sit with oneself with no thoughts of then or now, to simply exist. To close your eyes and be content with darkness. To be patient, to be silent, to be mindful. I hear that word a lot… “mindful.” To be aware of self and mind......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Amazing Peace

Eleanora, Participant

Hi How are you? Because I am very fine here in India, everyday something new happens and we are always learning more about the culture and all the things here…. It’s amazing. Being in the monastery is wonderful, we have done a lot of meditating......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Rumtek Monastery

Sophie Reeves, Participant

I never before have even imagined that I could learn so much about both myself and lessons on life in just over two days, but that’s what happened on our two-day retreat to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim. During our time there, we had four lessons......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Lessons from the Khempo

Sam Felder, Participant

The monastery has been my favorite part of this trip because the relaxed vibe is such a nice contrast after Kalimpong and the homestays. I’m so grateful that we had the opportunity the eat lunch with the monks, watch the puja, and actually go into......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Monastery Summarization

Olivia Francois, Participant

 -By learning how to meditate, I have learned a lot by attending the monastery for a couple of days. At first I was really nervous about going into such a sacred place, but the teachings were very wise, and it introduced me into a way of......Read More