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Profound Journeys: Encountering the Dalai Lama, Aiding Tibetan Orphanage

Remembering Audiences with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya and Dharamshala, Visit with Manjushree Orphanage Children in Tawang.

Bodhgaya, Bihar. In a transformative pilgrimage to Bodhgaya, I found myself immersed in the sacred rites of the Kalachakra, beckoning seekers to spiritual awakening. Accompanied by the esteemed Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura, a beacon of guidance and philanthropy, our journey was dedicated to supporting the Manjushree Orphanage for Tibetan Children in Tawang, India, nestled near the Chinese frontier.

Bodhgaya‘s profound Buddhist heritage resonated tranquility and spiritual depth, drawing devotees worldwide to absorb its teachings and bask in its divinity. The unfolding of the Kalachakra revealed ancestral wisdom and spiritual consciousness, etching an indelible mark on my soul.

Our path led us to Dharamshala, the humble abode of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Encountering him at the Kalachakra was a serene experience, with silent conversations echoing in a peaceful realm. A subsequent private audience deepened our commitment to Dr. Kazuko’s noble work, a promise embraced by His Holiness.

The author with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura in Dharamshala, India.

Dr. Kazuko’s leadership in Orphans International Worldwide and the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, alongside my role in the Gaia Holistic Foundation, empowered our collaboration to uplift the Manjushree Orphanage, impacting the lives of Tibetan children in Tawang.

Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura, founder of Gaia Holistic Foundation, at the Tibetan Buddhist Orphanage at Manjushree. Photo: Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura.
Remembering Audiences with His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura in Bodhgaya, India.

Standing amidst the Himalayas near the Chinese border, pride swelled within me. The inscription honoring Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura and Orphans International on the orphanage’s main building cornerstone filled me with immense gratitude. The joyous welcome from the children of Manjushree Orphanage warmed our hearts.

The Dalai Lama‘s calm demeanor and profound peace left an enduring impression, transcending religious boundaries. Inspired by his wisdom and compassion, I am reminded of the importance of service and mentorship in shaping interactions and giving back to communities in need.

His Holiness‘s words, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them,” resonate deeply, encapsulating the essence of our journey. Through compassion and service, this profound odyssey fosters hope, purpose, and interconnectedness in a world in need.

Profound Journeys: Encountering The Dalai Lama and Aiding Children of Manjushree Orphanage (May 9, 2024)

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Jim Luce
Jim Luce
Raising, Supporting & Educating Young Global Leaders through Orphans International Worldwide (, the J. Luce Foundation (, and The Stewardship Report ( Jim is also founder and president of the New York Global Leaders Lions Club.


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