Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tsering Yangzom, a Tibetan, living in Toronto, and an M.A. student in East Asian and Asia-Pacific Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto took part in the 2015 Caux Scholars Program in Caux.  Below is summary of her full report:

This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the 2015 Caux Scholars Program (CSP) in Switzerland, and my journey to personal transformation has been a wonderful experience. The spirit of Caux has exposed me to a new way of living where sharing knowledge, values and experiences have been a core essence. With the diversity of scholars coming from all over the world, this unique program offered us a safe space to engage with the Caux spirit and develop ways to further the effectiveness of peace-building and conflict transformation in our communities. In doing so, scholars were challenged to reflect on their own conflicts or embedded worldviews and inspired to look for personal transformation and beyond.

I was particularly drawn to trust-building exercises, leadership activities and group problem solving, where scholars were invited to find a common ground to lay the foundation for a month-long peaceful “co-existence” on the mountain.

The Caux Scholars Program has provided me the opportunity to spread awareness of Tibet’s contemporary issues to a very diverse group of like-minded people. I had a great opportunity to do a presentation on Sino-Tibet conflict and I thoroughly enjoyed the effective discussions I had with such engaging participants.

Attending CSP gave me a better perspective about my desire to become a positive change-maker in my community. I hope to conduct an informal forum between the second-generation Tibetan and Chinese students in Canada. This would allow me to promote peace and understanding by removing barriers due to a lack of social interaction and enhance communication between the two groups.

CSP has been a real gift for my personal transformation and a great place to meet so many interesting people from all walks of life, all of them desirous to create peace in the world and gain inspiration from successful peace-builders on both a local and a global scale. What intrigued me most was this famous line said by Ms Daphrose Barampam, the International President of the Creators of Peace, where she says, “To create a peace in the world, you have to create a peace within.” Caux Scholars Program has certainly provided me a space to create a peace from within and I hope to continue to embody the Caux spirit outside of Caux boundaries in the days to come.


Tsering Yangzom, Toronto