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New on YoWangdu: A photo gallery of the beautiful little butter sculptures — tsepdro — made by our local monks for Losar shrines.
Gyuto Monastery monks making beautiful Tibetan butter sculpture (tsepdro) for Losar.
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New on YoWangdu: Third in a series of practical tools for dealing with altitude sickness in Tibet. This one is one of the most important: How to Avoid Altitude Sickness.

Our goal in this post is to give you practical tools and strategies for how to avoid altitude sickness when you travel to Tibet. This is the third in a series of posts addressing our readers' questions and fears about altitude sickness.
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"Noble one, you should think of yourself as someone who is sick,
Of the Dharma as the remedy..."
  What to Do? The Four Metaphors   This is the fourth in a series of excerpts from Patrul Rinpoche’s classic introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, Words of My Perfect Teacher. We’re using the Yale University Press edition, translated by the Padmakara Translation Group. You can get the book for yourself if you wish. We are not following any …
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"With a wish to free all beings
I shall always go for refuge
to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
until I reach full enlightenment.

Enthused by wisdom and compassion,
today in the Buddha’s presence
I generate the Mind for Full Awakening
for the benefit of all sentient beings.

As long as space endures,
as long as sentient being remain,
until then, may I too remain
and dispel the miseries of the world."

For the last eight weeks we have looked at one verse per week of Geshe Langri Tangpa's Eight Verses for Training the Mind. And we close this nice walk through the text as His Holiness did at one of his teachings on the subject, with the short prayer Generating the Mind for Enlightenment.
You can see the full text of the Eight Verses at the link, along with His Holiness' commentary on both the Eight Verses and the prayer above:

http://www.yowangdu.com/tibetan-buddhism/eight-verses-for-training-the-mind.html 
Eight verses for training the mind: The classic lojong text by Geshe Langri Tangpa, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama's commentary.
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New on YoWangdu: Specific itineraries for preventing altitude sickness in Tibet, for Lhasa, Everest Base Camp and Kailash tours. 4th in our series on altitude sickness awareness.
Did you know that many of the popular itineraries for travelers to Tibet put you at high risk of getting altitude sickness?
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Yilhun Lhatso, a gorgeous little lake on the road from Derge to Dzogchen in Kham, Eastern Tibet.
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New post on YoWangdu: Some tips to help you decide if you need travel insurance, and if you do a couple of recommendations: http://www.yowangdu.com/tibet-travel/should-i-get-travel-insurance.html
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This new post is the most important one we've sent this year, and long overdue. 

When we visited the Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement in Southern India earlier this year, one day of that trip really stands out, and that’s the day the Lugsam Samduling Settlement Officer, Karma Damdul la, brought us by the Settlement’s Home for the Aged and Disabled. You might think that such a place would be depressing, but it wasn’t at all. When we left that day, both of us were deeply moved and inspired.

http://www.yowangdu.com/tibet-travel/tibet-charity.html
Tibet Charity: Elderly refugees in Bylakuppe who need help now. This lovely group of unsupported old folks in Bylakuppe need our help.
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Today on Ask YoWangdu, a traveler asks:

"Is it better to enter Tibet from Nepal or China?"

See our answer here: http://www.yowangdu.com/ask-yowangdu.html
  To keep a record of our weekly “Ask YoWangdu” posts on Facebook, we’ve created this page, which we will add to each week :-)   August 8, 2015   Is it better to enter Tibet from China or from Nepal?  Even without the current ongoing closure of the Tibet-Nepal border due to the April …
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Introduction

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 and Yolanda O'Bannon. 

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 theiBioSeminars 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 :-)