Saturday, November 14, 2015

Caravanserai, que sera sera

The private caravans were the last things to move from Namgylagar South. Pamela Oldmeadow and the Horners met in mid Oct to move their trusty vans to new locations. With great help from Jenny and her partner Brian and moral support from our long serving secretary Viki,  and our geko Georgia, the job was completed.

But not before an important game of pa chen

  and a meal in the campers kitchen.

Next day it was time to do the deed!

Goodbye Horner pallet verandah with a view 

Goodbye Pamela's two door pink deluxe

 Graeme keeps an expert eye on Brian's expert maneuvering

The empty shelters that protected the vans so well

I think I can, I think I can

 Bye bye gonpa!

Last hugs

Down the hill and out into the world!

All is impermanent, this we know. Caravans of all things are used to it. These vans had a good long stay and served all the DC practicioners who sheltered between their flimsy walls in rain, wind, hail, and heatwave.

They also gave comfort to those who worked so hard over so many years, including Graeme Horner who has so wonderfully photographed and filmed all of Rinpoche's visits and other retreats since the begining of Namgyalgar. Catherine Horner who served as treasurer, fundraiser and more. Pamela Oldmeadow who has given her energy in so many different ways, not to mention her generous bidding at every Namg South auction. Jenny O'Donnell until recently, our long serving membership coordinator who hasn't stopped packing boxes since Jean passed away. Georgia our most recent geko and one of the original ferals (who never seem to grow old) and of course Viki Forscutt, the knowledge holder and gate keeper of Namgyalgar South and Secretary of Namgyalgar since the early years.

There are many more people to mention of course but just keeping it to those who were there on this weekend is enough for now.

When the new owners move in around 24 Nov, Georgia our geko, will be the last to move out. I hear she has found a great place nearby and is starting a pop up shop in Cobargo with another community member. Meanwhile group practices will continue in the Tilba area at venues to be announced, with Monday morning vajra dance still taking place on the mandala in the gonpa courtesy of the new Khenpo.

Photos by Graeme Horner

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