Dee was put in contact with Lobsang in 1994. He had escaped over the mountains from Tibet a few years earlier, and as a monk, he was sent down to southern India's Drepung Monastery. Val Bailey (sponsorship coordinator) made contact with Lobsang through her project. Dee has been a friend to him ever since; Lobsang refers to Dee as his 'foster mother'.
Dee first met Lobsang in person in 2002 when they were both visiting the USA. They also met up in 2010 when they both attended the Dalai Lama's Spring teachings in Dharamsala. Following the Spring teachings Lobsang was asked by the Dalai Lama to go to Mongolia to work with the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Centre. A year later he moved to the USA where he teaches at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Centre.
Having completed many years of monastic studies, Lobsang is now a Geshe (the equivalent of having received a doctorate at a UK university) and he and Dee continue to have a strong friendship to this day.
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In August 2013, we launched our own TSGY sponsorship scheme in the Tibetan refugee community in Rewalsar, Northern India. Members of TSGY are currently sponsoring 60 Tibetan people in Rewalsar. However we urgently need new sponsors as we have many people - children and adults - very much in need of the help that can be offered through sponsorship. Our sponsorship page has a lot of information about how this works and about Tibetan people who are hoping for a sponsor.
Sponsoring a Yak will provide a nomadic family with both milk, meat, transport and wool and is intrinsic to their way of life and culture.
The first sponsorship that TSGY fundraised for was for a Yak to be given to a nomadic family; the Yak was appropriately named Yorkie. There is a similar word in Tibetan language that means friend. Several members of the group have sponsored personal Yaks in memory of members of their families.