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Dhondup Wangchen: Prior to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he created the documentary film, “Leaving Fear Behind,” in which ordinary Tibetans shared their experiences living under the Chinese communist government. Their stories opposed the peaceful narratives the Chinese government had been putting out to win the bid for the Olympics. As a result, Dhondup Wangchen was accused of subversion and imprisoned for six years. He was forced to perform long hours of manual labor for the entirety of his term. After serving his sentence, he continued to live in fear as the Chinese government regularly spied on him. Finally, in December 2017, he escaped. He was reunited with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area where his wife and children had been granted political asylum in 2012. 
Tashi Kunjo: He was born to refugee parents in Darjeeling, India.  His parents escaped with the Dalai Lama in 1959 after the illegal occupation of Tibet by China. Tashi Kunjo was raised in a Tibetan community and served the Dalai Lama and his administration in exile before moving to the Bay Area in 2007. He served the Tibetan Association of Northern California as its President and continue to be active in the community. He is currently the Director of the Himalayan Fair LLC – an organization that helps the underserved communities in Nepal and India with the revenue it earns from the annual Himalayan Fair in Berkeley.  

At Oakland Center for Spiritual Living we believe that “We are One,”  and we celebrate diversity as the nature of Creation!

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Diversity Circle normally meets on the 4th Friday of every month at 7:00 PM for activities around diversity such as movie screenings, guest speakers, panels with Q & A and facilitated discussions. Join us and explore our diversity and multiple cultures in respectful and enlightening ways!

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