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Tea With Jampa

Tea With Jampa

It started with a scruffy-sounding, “Ohhhhhh! Tashi Delek!” (Tibetan greeting.)

I was sitting on a bench in the mountain forest below the Dalai Lama’s temple with my friend Tanja. Beside me quite suddenly was an elderly man leaning down and beaming as though Tanja and I were dear friends he hadn’t seen in years. “How are you?!” he said with sincere joy punctuating his words. “My name Jampa!”

He pointed up the path and said, “Come have tea! My house!”

The invitation was far too unexpected to be anything but a gift. So we said yes.

It turns out Jampa is one of the rare non-monastic Tibetans who lives inside the Dalai Lama’s temple complex. He came to India with the Dalai Lama in 1959. And he’s 87 years old.jampa_tea

Inside his room, which measured no more than 8” x 12”, was everything Jampa owns. Two small beds, four deep shelves, a small table, a two-burner stove, and a row of wall hooks held all of his belongings. Every single thing in that room served one or more purposes, which ultimately was all to support his deep devotion to spiritual well being.

Jampa put out a plate of fresh oranges, pears and apples for us to eat, then when the tea was ready he poured ours into ceramic cups and poured his own into a wooden bowl. “Tibetan style,” he said.

The three of us ate our fruit and sipped our tea in silence. We could not converse in Tibetan or English, so we simply took in the moment of togetherness knowing we were there for no other reason than togetherness.

In that precious stretch of silence, the sublime beauty of the randomness and simplicity of each other’s company was as palpable as the beat of my heart. It was a space of true spiritual well being for all of us, all because a humble 87-year-old extended a genuine offer of kindness and we said yes.

How did we ever forget love is as easy as that?

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Let’s Get Together

Let’s Get Together

The time has come. There are exciting things happening right now, right before us, within us, and all around us, and these things are ready for us to talk about them in a big, exciting way.


So let’s get together and do just that, shall we?

With the official launch of my website today I am finally ready to start filling in the schedule for my upcoming speaking tour in the US. My time will be limited, so I want to make the most of every single day and share as much love and inspiration with as many people as possible!

With few exceptions, all engagements will be donation-based. Whenever possible, a modest sponsorship is requested to cover travel, lodging and food to help me get my message out into the world. (And yes, I accept offers to stay with friends!)

The information listed on the Upcoming Events page is a general outline of the regions I expect to be in each month, based on invitations I have received thus far. This page will fill in and change over the next few weeks as details and dates become available, so stay tuned.

I am SO excited to get to see all of you, to hug your neck, to meet your communities and make new friends. We have much to talk about, so let’s get started and make some great things happen!

Love, peace and joy to all.

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