Following successful completion of our ‘Echoes of Enlightenment’ Tour in late January, we escorted the group of monks safely home to Gyuto Monastery in Dharamsala and held discussions with the Abbot, Vice-Abbot, elders and senior managers about future plans. All were very kind in extending heartfelt thanks for the consistency and integrity of support extended to the monastery by all at Gyuto House here in Australia together with the legions of volunteers around the country and supporters who have made it possible to build this extraordinary relationship throughout the past 21 years.
Sadly,and within the overall context of India’s generosity in giving refuge to the Tibetans, the task of creating an ongoing sustainable life in India remains problematic given the limitations of life as a refugee. So, we have committed to continuing our aim of helping this vitally important Buddhist monastery while at the same time, perhaps just as important in a different way, making the monks available to Australians who benefit from their presence, their wisdom and their kindness here. It is no exaggeration to say that many many thousands of people from the youngest to the oldest have been the recipients of the monks’ love, affection and care not to mention over a million schoolchildren in schools all over the country who have absorbed their gentle pastoral support. To say that they are something of a household name in this nation is to simply state the reality.
VISIT FOR 2015
So,this year, 2015 we aim to bring a group of monks here in June through to early September primarily to meet commitments including the Happiness Conference in Sydney where the Dalai Lama will be; Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay, schools in South Australia and a program at the Brisbane Conservatorium. There will of course be many other engagements – invitations from as far apart as Tennant Creek, Gladstone and Cairns are under consideration thus we shall be busy as always.
MAJOR PROGRAM – THE ‘BEYOND KARMA’ TOUR 2016
Preparations are also well in hand for a major visit to take place throughout 2016 with some very exciting new work in the pipeline – more news of this later in the year!