Looking back in time, when I first joined RYI in 2017, I remember surrendering myself to what these four years would bring. I was at a very vulnerable stage of my life at that point in time. I was questioning my life journey and had countless doubts about my capabilities. At that moment, stepping into this course became my only rescue.
These past four years in RYI has taught me a lot. It has trained me to be fearless among failures and successes. It has taught me to keep believing in myself despite doubts arising in my mind. It has taught me to be honest and humble. It has taught me to be at peace with not knowing. RYI also gave me the opportunity to meet kind and generous friends. It allowed me to experience guidance from teachers who are gentle and filled with wisdom.
My learning experience at RYI has helped me shape as a human being that I am today. I was fortunate enough to receive scholarships to continue my education each year. It was a true blessing to be a part of this thriving Buddhist community that also practices social responsibility as a path. I am thankful to be a part of a circle of practitioners and scholars who equally value art and cultural exchange.
Above all, I value the gift of learning under the compassionate warmth of our founder Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. Thinking of Rinpoche brings tears of joy to my eyes. I cannot thank him enough for what I have received from him and in return all that I can offer is a promise to practice all my life.
RYI has given me priceless gifts of understanding of dharma and sangha. As I carry on with life, these two things will remain in the deepest corner of my being.
Until we meet again, good bye for now!
~ Shreeti Pradhan