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New on YoWangdu: A photo gallery of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa's visit to California. Don't miss the link to the story of his remarkable escape from Tibet, in his own words. 
Karmapa Photos: Images of Gyalwa Karmapa, the 17th Karmapa from his 2015 tour of North America.
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Many of you have asked us about joining a group to take a Kailash tour, and we’re happy to be able, finally, to help you, with this post detailing a great adventure by our favorite Tibetan-owned travel agent. Please share with any friends who may be considering travel to Tibet and who would want to support Tibetan-owned agents, drivers and guides.  http://www.yowangdu.com/tibet-travel/kailash-tour.html
Kailash Tour: A 14-16 day group trekking tour with a best-of-class Tibetan owned agency, guides and drivers for an ethical and fantastic trip of your life.
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Traditionally Tibetans don’t eat chicken, but after coming into exile, they have made efforts to be more healthy in general and especially to consume less red meat. These chicken momos are a perfect alternative. Our vegetarian friends should check out the oh-so-tasty veggie momo or spinach and cheese momo recipes linked in the post. 
Chicken Momo Recipe: A more healthy version of the beloved Tibetan beef momo, by Tibetan chef Lobsang Wangdu.
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From the first day of the Mundgod teaching in December, a fervent teaching on Emptiness by His Holiness.
Emptiness: A Call to Action by His Holiness the Dalai Lama His Holiness' fervent comments on the importance of understanding Emptiness at the Jangchup Lamrim teachings.
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Five surprising reasons why winter may be the best time to visit Tibet. And right now is the perfect time to use our free Tibet Travel service to sign up for a December or January trip. Learn more here: http://www.yowangdu.com/tibet-travel/best-time-to-visit-tibet.html
Check out 5 surprising reasons why winter may be the best time to visit Tibet.
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That's a very difficult question. You would need to ask the Chinese people who don't like Tibetans -- though of course there are Chinese people who like Tibetans, too.
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We learned a lot about Tibet's geography writing this post, and you may too :-)
http://www.yowangdu.com/tibet-travel/where-is-tibet.html
Where is Tibet? To put it simply, Tibet sits in the heart of Asia, right between India and China. Some consider it to be the far Eastern edge of Central Asia, while others classify it as East Asia. In this wonderfully clear map from Michael Buckley, we see the vast, high-altitude Tibetan Plateau, and the …
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A short list of great organizations on the ground in Nepal that you can donate to: 
Where to donate for the Nepal Earthquake: A short list of high-quality organizations on the ground in Nepal.
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  That's very insensitive +Salem Assaid.
   It also is misinformed: Buddha is not equated with the Creator. Nor is omnipotence its key trait, or what his teachings are about.
   And it is ill-thought too: would a compassionate being prioritise saving statues? Not really! It would save as many sentient beings as possible first.
   So instead of asking questions about what the Buddha does / did, maybe you should reflect on what you  do (or not)… This post is a call for you  to act compassionately towards other beings, out of a sense of shared humanity. Religious dogma doesn't have much relevance in such a context.
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We'd like to begin a new series of weekly posts featuring common Mahayana Buddhist texts, slowly working through the text at a few stanzas at a time. First here is the opening of Atisha's classic The Bodhisattva's Garland of Jewels. The whole text is available at the link below.

Homage to great compassion!
Homage to the deities who inspire faith and devotion!
Homage to the masters!

Be done with doubt and indecision,
And embrace your practice with all your heart.
Shake off lethargy, dullness and laziness,
And strive always with enthusiasm and joy.
Bodhisattva's Garland of Jewels by Atisha: This is a very common mind training text used by all four Tibetan Buddhist schools to teach and practice in their daily lives.
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Watch a few hundred monks make and serve tea for 25,000 attendees at His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teaching. Fun new post on YoWangdu :-)
Tibetan Butter Tea: The incredible process of making and serving butter tea to 25,000 attendees at teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in southern India
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Check out how the monks of Drepung Loseling make 2000 pieces of  balep a day – the first in a series of YoWangdu posts for you about Tibetan cultural experiences in the Tibetan settlements of India :-)
These monks at Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, India know how to get the job done! Please share if you like this :-)
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You will find a ton of great, warming fall and winter recipes in our Tibetan Home Cooking cookbook: http://www.yowangdu.com/tibetan_food/tibetan-cookbook.html
Comfort Your Soul with Tibetan Home Cooking As featured in Learn how to bring joy to the people you love without spending a lot of moneyby making your own delicious, authentic Tibetan meals.     The Tibetan Home Cooking eBook and Video Series is the only Tibetan cookbook full of color photographs and videos that …
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The Dalai Lama’s Former Cook on His Holiness’ Meals, Preparing for His Escape, and Being Recognized after 25 years Apart – Newest post on YoWangdu Tibetan Culture. http://buff.ly/1A255MQ
An interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama's former cook, Gyaltsen Phensok, with a fascinating first-hand account of serving His Holiness in both Tibet and India, and of the days His Holiness fled Tibet.
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The YoWangdu Tibetan Culture business and website focuses on Tibetan food, travel and spirituality, and is dedicated to the preservation and development of Tibetan culture and education.

YoWangdu is owned and operated by Lobsang Wangdu, a webmaster, experienced Tibetan cook, and digital photographer with many years of volunteer service for the Tibetan Association of Northern California.

Having long dreamed of using his photography and technical skills to run his own business, Lobsang created YoWangdu in 2009, with the mission of enabling visitors to experience the joys of Tibetan culture.

Lobsang thrives on making his clients happy with exceptional customer service, and is inspired by the motivation to contribute to much-needed education projects for Tibetans.

YoWangdu’s major product, the Tibetan Home Cooking eBook and video series, is based on Lobsang Wangdu’s original recipes, with great help from some friends who are wonderful Tibetan chefs. Lobsang learned to cook at a young age by watching his aunt and uncle in Tibet, and as he grew older, he assisted experienced Tibetan chefs, asking questions while he helped cook.

Lobsang has been making variations on the recipes in Tibetan Home Cooking for well over twenty years, and has acquired a wealth of experience along with his innate passion for making the people he cooks for happy.

Yolanda O’Bannon serves as a volunteer producer, writer and editor for the YoWangdu website and Tibetan Home Cooking.

Professionally, Yolanda is the executive and editorial assistant to Bruce Alberts, the Editor-in-Chief of Science magazine and former United States Science Envoy, and a producer for the iBioSeminars website.

She has worked for years as a web producer, and has spent most of her free time in the last 15 years supporting the preservation of Tibetan culture, working as either staff or volunteer in a number of Tibetan support organizations, including the Milarepa Foundation, Tibet Online, the Committee of 100 for Tibet and San Francisco Team Tibet.

Lobsang and Yolanda are married and live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they love to cook and eat Tibetan food :-)