For hundreds of thousands of generations, Tibetans have focused on the inner world; studying the mind, controlling ego and developing loving kindness towards all living beings.
Our traditions are in sharp contrast to what Communist China stands for.
Chinese soldiers first started to invade Tibet in the 1950's. Soon, Communist troops marched into the Amdo region where my family lived. I can not imagine the horror my parents felt as they watched soldiers kill my grandparents. By 1959, they decided to flee to India with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. My parents lived the rest of their life with the one wish that they would be able to return to Tibet. That never happened.
The one thing my mother never lived with was anger or a need for revenge. Despite seeing her parents brutally murdered, she never taught me to take revenge against Communist China. In fact, she felt compassion for the Chinese people. Her loving kindness always amazed me. My mother truly exemplified the culture of Tibet.
The story of my parents is now my story - as well as the story of hundreds of thousand of Tibetans living in exile.
We ALL want to step foot in our Fatherland, but we are not able to. We are faced with many challenges - How do we make a living in the countries where we seek refuge, how do we let the world know of our pain, how do we preserve our language and culture, how do we make it back HOME?
But perhaps most importantly, how do we rise to these challenges while still staying grounded in our core values of Compassion, Non-Violence and Loving Kindness?
RISE WITH CHALLENGE is my story. I have been working on this project since 2008 in hopes of finding meaning, understanding and humanity in our modern world.
More than one million Tibetans have been killed since Communist China first started its invasion. Our brothers and sisters inside Tibet are still being tortured and killed to this day. From my perspective, it seems many simply just do not care. But when I feel my anger start to rise, I am reminded of my Mother.
As I interview more people for this documentary, one thing is becoming clear....Tibets' struggle mirrors the struggle we face as HUMANS every second of our lives. Do we react to events with Peace or Violence? Compassion or In-tolerance? Love or Hatred? Do we fuel the evil or nurture the good?
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Films are expensive to make. Up to this point, I have financed everything myself. But there is still much that needs to be paid for before the documentary can be finished.
Post production costs
Travel costs from U.S to Asia to record key interviews and video
Purchase of some necessary professional equipment
Translation into different languages
fine editing fees
Risks and challenges
Everything up to this point in my life - I have accomplished on my own. I have been working on this project since 2008. Truly, my biggest challenge at this point is raising money to finish the film.