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A Letter to Myself

A Letter to Myself

You are in the hospital looking half-dead and confined in bed. With an unwinking gaze at the smoggy, congested traffic outside, you look down on your last liquid diet meal. Your body cringes as you stare at the beef broth slowly turning cold, eating you little by little. Grasping your last air, you slowly murmur your last words to your loved ones who cared to show up for this sorry moment. You ponder on the lifetime you have spent on this foreign world and all the life experiences that you have missed out on. You realize that your dreams have become distant apparitions as time flew by. As nostalgia creeps in, you repent your ways because you realize that all those times you were killing Time, Time was killing you. Cold sweat perspires as you fathom the jaws of death. Petrified, you yearn to revel once more. Crying one’s eyes out, “I want more time.”

Death is inevitable; you cannot escape the reality. In anyones story, time is the most powerful antagonist of all. When time comes for you to pass away, embrace death as it’s your ending to a great novel because death is the only thing you can be certain of. You are the author of the blank page before you. The high spirited child inside of you has diminished over time. Your aspirations have withered away like the leafs on autumn. Every morning it’s the same: you wake up, do your morning rituals, settle your duties, rest, and repeat it all over again the next day. You are shackled by your daily routines in life, confining yourself with repetitive activities and unimaginative pleasures. With it comes the uneasy feeling of, no matter who we are, that there is something more. Wanting to believe in hope, we take a leap of faith and let everything ride on chance. Life can be so much more.

Explore the frontiers and the wonders of this world. You will be awed by the breathtaking natural and the man-made wonders. The diversity in lives and cultures in our world is compelling. Stimulate your senses by experimenting rich cultures and meeting new people who have a different point of view. It will help you grow as a person and understand the world we live in- on such a deep level. Most importantly, tantalize your taste buds with the strange new and interesting food which you’ve never imagined that could be digested.

Immerse yourself in the world of enlightenment. Illuminate your mind by educating yourself.
Be a sponge, and absorb the wisdom and knowledge that is the book. Read fiction classics that will enchant you into the world of the authors imagination. With books you can travel without moving an inch. Read biographies of great individuals who have walked on the same soil as you. Grasp their deeds and attributes that has made them so beloved, and implement them. Understand the world around you by being well-informed with current issues and foreign policies. Live everyday as it’s your last.

Challenge yourself to learn something new everyday, weather it’s a new word, magic trick, or to be a jack ofall trades. This will boost your sense of accomplishment and independence. There’s always something new to learn and time to implement it in real life. Ask yourself, “How bad do I want it?” Don’t be afraid to fail because everyone fails. “When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.”~H.H. the Dalai Lama

In life, sometimes, simplicity is the key. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life and appreciate the little things. Don’t become attached to material comforts, or you will neverbe content in life. Life is not about having what you want, but wanting what you have.
When we live our lives, questions often come up: “Why are we born? What are we born for?” Though these question may go unanswered, you can still live a wholesome life by finding a cause that is vastly more important than yourself. Commit to a cause that will give you a purpose in live. Save a tree, adopt an abandoned dog, build a shelter, mentor a kid, save a life or fight for a needy cause. Each and every act of compassion will make your life more fulfilling.
Life is beautiful; marvel on the sheer possibilities in the feat of living. Before your kick the bucket,carry out your bucket list. Do what you always wanted do; become what you were meant to be. If not now then when?

Norzin Wangpo
Board Member (Community Liaison) of Lâmtön
Mentor/Tutor
President – Tibetan American Student Association (TASA)
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities ’17

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Why I attend Lâmtön!

Lâmtön is a fun learning environment. I go there every other weekend and learn so much. For example, last week I received help on writing my essay from many friendly tutors! If one couldn’t help me, there was always someone else willing to help. I got so many different perspectives on the topic that I was writing about. Afterwards, I talked with my mentor about my future plans. He helped me figure out the next steps I need to take to accomplish my academic and personal goals.

-Tenzin Kunchok
12th grade
Edina High School

What The Dalai Lama means to me

The Dalai Lama to me is a wise philosopher and leader with morals. He does what he teaches others, and he passes on his teachings to others who need them. No one would ever want to impeach him.

He is a normal person with great power using it for good but not evil; he is a person to look up to when you are in trouble and not doubtful. He has a lot of followers following him not for fame or pride but for world peace.

This man is truly trustworthy and would never lie to you when you really need the truth. He is very noble and peaceful, not afraid of most things, and also will not get into fights because that is something wrong to do.

Kunsang Dhondup
7th grade
Southview Middle School

An Unforgettable Experience in Tibet

Compassion

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”- Maya Angelou. This refers to the fact that life is successful when you have lived it and cared for somebody else. How this would be successful is you making a great impact on another person by showing your love and attention towards them. You make an impact that will stay in that person’s memory forever because you showed them true compassion that they will never forget. It takes a special person to show compassion but anyone can show it. It’s not something that you need to practice for or to qualify for, it’s a gift and you should use it.

When I was around the age of nine my family and I took a trip to Tibet. Even though I didn’t grow up in Tibet my dad did, and I know a little bit about it from my dad telling me. I know  that Tibet is a wonderful place to sight see, to visit temples and to eat delicious food. One day we went to a place to eat and we saw a poor women and her two children sitting at a table. They seemed like they hadn’t eaten for days and me and my family felt bad for them. As we walked into the place we ordered some dumplings and tea. After we were done eating, we had some extra dumplings left over and me and my family didn’t feel like finishing it. So then I looked around and I heard a baby crying, I looked at the direction of where that women was because it was coming from there and it was one of her children crying. I thought that the child was crying because he was hungry. The reason why I thought of that was he looked skinny and he seemed weak. I looked at my family and I told them that we should give them our dumplings, they agreed. I walked over there with the bowl of dumplings and I placed it on their table. At first the women seemed speechless, but I told her that it was for her and her children to eat. I could tell by her eyes that she was really tired but she smiled anyways and said, “Thank you.” I then went back to my family. As we were about to leave, my dad glanced over at the women and her two children, he told me to come with him to buy more dumplings and two cups of tea for them. We walked over towards them and we placed the food and the drinks onto their table the women was pleased, she said, “Thank you” many times. She also said, “Long life” in Tibetan. I was surprised! I almost wanted to cry, because when she said that it really made me feel like I changed her life. I showed her my compassion by giving her and her two children food that no one else did and she was happy. This made me happy because I made a difference in someone else’s life by using compassion.

I can never forget that day because it really touched my heart and the words that she said. That day I learned the true meaning of compassion, what it means to me is living from our hearts. Our hearts do not have room for pity, fear or judgment. Our hearts should be filled with love and kindness towards others. It is one of our parts of humanity that continues to grow, if we allow it to be open to all that is possible.

Why can’t we all show compassion? What can you do to show compassion? Can you listen to a friend in trouble or extend a helping hand perhaps? Compassion according to Merriam Webster’s dictionary is, “Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” Dalai Lama said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” We all want to be happy in our lives and by being happy  we have to show compassion towards others. Even if it’s the smallest thing you can do it still makes a big difference because the more warmhearted you are the more compassion you show and you feel greater in your own sense of being.

Tenzin Pasang
10th Grade
Spring Lake Park High School

Our Visit to the Nobel Peace Prize Youth Festival!

       On Friday March 7th, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Youth Festival took place at Augsburg College.  On that day there were several hundred students were inspired by dynamic Nobel LaureateLeymah Gbowee (Liberia, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize) and Dr. Deane Marchbein, American President of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders, Nobel Peace Prize 1999). Ms Gbowee was a keynote speaker on Sunday afternoon; Dr. Marchbein was a keynote speaker on Saturday morning. The first half of the day was dedicated to Leymah Gbowee, who talked about what difference we could make if we kept trying to succeed at our goals.
           At one point she asked if most of the people in the room had cell phones/ipod etc. and she asked the staff to turn the lights off and for us to turn on the flashlights or screens of our devices and she talked about how in a dark world we are the light she also said, “you, the young people, are the light of the world”; a simple, powerful encouragement to everyone that they, individually, make all the difference.She was also very funny but serious at the same time.  She had a very friendly feeling when you met her.  At the forum there were small tables and each had a group.  She seemed to have spent a few more minutes at the Lamton table than at the other tables.
If I had the chance to go there again, I would because this isn’t something that happens everyday.  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Nobel Peace Prize Youth Festival 2014

Tenzin Lhadon
8th Grade
St. Anthony Middle School