Frank first met Geshe Wangyal in Freewood Acres, New Jersey in June 1964. Geshe-la founded the Tibetan Mongolian Lamaist Monastery soon after he emigrated to the US. He provided refuge for Tibetan lamas who fled Tibet for India with the Dalai Lama in 1959. He wept for the destruction of Tibetan Buddhist culture and the deaths of many great teachers. Geshe-la was a Kalymyk Mongolian who had studied in Lhasa. About 2000 Kalmyk refugees were resettled in New Jersey from resettlement camps scattered throughout Europe after WWII. Many spoke Russian and were able to find employment in construction and the poultry industry with Russian business owners who had settled in the US a generation earlier. Geshe-la’s dream was to invite the Dalai Lama to the US despite objections of China. He realized his dream when His Holiness visited the retreat center Geshe-la developed in Washington, New Jersey and gave his first Dharma Talk there in 1979. It was a jubilant, tearful occasion for everyone, especially the wise, dedicated, energetic Mongolian monk Geshe Wangyal. See http://labsum.org/
Amma, the “hugging saint”, is an extraordinary human being who exudes unconditional love for everyone around her consistently from morning through the night. She was born in a poor fishing village in Kerala, south India. She has had “darshan”- a warm embrace – with millions of people around the globe. She is the “real deal”!