Here’s the Thing About Fear



JAIYA JOHN BIOGRAPHY. Dr. Jaiya John was born into foster care in New Mexico, and is an internationally recognized freedom worker, author, speaker, poet, and youth mentor. Jaiya is the founder of Soul Water Rising, a global rehumanizing mission that has donated thousands of Jaiya’s books in support of social healing, and offers scholarships to displaced and vulnerable youth. Jaiya is also the founder of Freedom Project, a global initiative reviving traditional gathering and storytelling practices to fertilize social healing and liberation. He is a former professor of social psychology at Howard University, has authored numerous books, and has spoken to over a million people worldwide and audiences as large as several thousand, including national and international conferences, schools, Indigenous reservations and communities, prisons and detention centers, shelters, and colleges. Jaiya is a National Science Foundation fellow, and holds doctorate and master’s degrees in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a focus on intergroup relations and identity development. As an undergraduate, he attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he studied Tibetan Holistic Medicine through independent research with Tibetan doctors.



Renowned German filmmaker Niko von Glasow’s newest film is now available to view here!

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The film shows Ringu Tulku not only as a Buddhist master and teacher – it also offers a personal, humorous and honest insight into his family and working life. It shows Ringu Tulku preparing four students for a retreat which lasts three years, three months and three days, in Sikkim, North India. Spending time with the Lazy Lama gives the audience the opportunity to reflect on their own lives, and find ways to create more room for spirituality, meditation, empathy and the right kind of “laziness”.


“Sowing the Seed” is the follow up to “Blue Poppy” a film following the journey of traditional Tibetan doctors who came to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh in 2008 to learn how to cultivate their endangered wild medicinal plants.The project was conceived by Choye Akong Tulku Rinpoche who co- founded the Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Scotland and Rokpa Charity which works in the Tibetan areas of China to support education,medicine,nourishment and culture.
The Tibetan doctors who studied in Edinburgh tell the story of the challenges of building a plant nursery from scratch since 2011and how they are now starting to see the fruit of their labour. They are dedicated to continuing Akong Rinpoche’s vision of preserving Tibetan plants and medicine for generations to come.

Sitar Rose: Openhand Productions