What is your dream for your next life? “My biggest dream was that for my next life, I wanted to go to school, and I wanted to see the Dalai Lama because I knew I couldn’t in this life.” This is what Yeshi told us his dream was when he was a little boy. At that time, he lived in a tiny village in Tibet. The nearest town was a two-day walk away, and there was no school where he lived, nor cars or electricity.
When he was 13, his older brother said to him, “I’m going to India.” He said, “I want to come, too.” The boys kept it a secret, as it had to be. Six days later, they left. They met up with a group of 10 other kids, 4 women, 1 old monk, 6 men, and 2 babies. They traveled only at night so as to not be caught escaping Tibet. But the route was very unclear. They knew they had to cross the Himalayas. “Okay, where does the sun set? Okay, let’s go this direction.” And that’s how they traveled; sometimes with bits of food, but a lot of times with just a little butter to eat.
While crossing crevasses in the mountains, they would look down into what seemed like forever — many kilometers. But Yeshi put it this way: “If we jump, we have a choice: lucky or unlucky. But if we stay here, we all die.”
After making it to Nepal, they were arrested because Yeshi misunderstood the language by saying yes when he should have said no. They were held captive and decided to shout for over an hour: “We want food! We want food!” Food was scarce in this little mountain village, and there was certainly none for prisoners. After a lot of shouting, they were simply let go. “They feel headache and release us!”
The group continued on to India, and then up to Dharamsala where they were welcomed into the Tibetan refugee community. After just a couple days, Yeshi says, “I went into a classroom and that way my favorite day of my life!”
Yeshi is now the owner of Tibet World, the place where we are staying now. Tibet World is a community center with many types of classes and events, as well as a hostel. They’ve taught over 2500 students, and had 1500 volunteers from over 50 countries.
“If you work from heart first, the brain will always come later; but if you work from brain first, the heart does not always come.” This is what Yeshi tells us about entrepreneurship.
We asked Yeshi how he felt about already achieving his dreams for his next life, and he said, “I walked faster than what I wished!”
So now, what are his dreams for his next life? “My dream is I want to make a peaceful world. Last week, I started on my dream a little. All Tibetans should be a leader for a peaceful world. World peace is not started from a country — it’s started from all lives — and that’s what I want to do in my next life.”