We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder.

We always have the choice.

~ H.H. Dalai Lama

When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need.’

~ H.H. Dalai Lama

Pilgrimage to Tibet

The Red and White palace of Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet

The Red and White palace of Potala Palace

In the midst of the 2008 travel ban to Tibet, I signed up for a tour to Nepal and Tibet. Back then in 2008, I was buried by work, no time to research my travel logistics nor my destinations. I would pick up brochures and find somewhere far, far away from my cubicle in Toronto, Canada. I submitted my request for 4 weeks vacation in February 2008 to ensure work will be scheduled around my “escape time”. Continue reading

Market life in Lhasa, Tibet

Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet – the country which the 14th Dalai Lama had to flee from back in 1959.

Rows of souvenir shops in Lhasa

Rows of souvenir shops in Lhasa

During my 2008 visit of Tibet, I often wondered how the country would look if it was untouched by China. Continue reading