mardi 22 mars 2016

Alexandra David-Néel [Women's History Month]

Par Alessondrad — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 4.0

Alexandra David, en 1886,
le jour de sa présentation à la Cour de Belgique,
devant le roi Léopold II et la reine Marie-Henriette.
Alexandra David-Néel was a Belgian-French woman reknown for being the first foreign woman to visit and stay in Lhasa, Tibet. She had many chapters before and after that event in her adventurous life: explorer, anarchist, opera singer, spiritualist, Buddhist and writer.

During her trips in Asia, she met and talked with the 13th Dalaï Lama, befriended Maharaj Kumar (crown prince) Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal of the kingdom of Sikkim, learned meditation techniques and buddhist philosophy from Lachen Gomchen Rinpoche for several years, visited without authorisation Tibet and met the Panchen Lama, was expulsed from India ("thanks to missionaries" that were not thrilled with her being so well accepted by Tibetan people), traveled to Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia and finally came back to Tibet.

In 1924 -she was 56 years old-, under the disguise of a beggar, she stayed two months in Lhasa. Even if she knew the Dalaï Lama, she couldn't announce herself to him because of the ban (no foreigners in Lhasa).

She came back in France one year later and bought a house in Digne-les-Bains, where she wrote many books. Her companion of adventures for 11 years (she met him in 1914, he was 15 years old) Aphur Yongden came with her. She adopted him as a son.

She traveled again in China and Tibet between 1937 and 1946. Her retreat in Tibet lasted five years. She definitly came back to France in July 1946.

If you want to learn more about her life, I advise you to visit the website of the association managing her home Samten-Dzong or "fortress of meditation"in Digne-les-Bains, France, where she died at nearly 101 years old.

The following videos will show you how an adventurous, spiritual and smart woman she was.

Her life in pictures:

A video in French, but you can add subtitles: a portrait by her friend Marie-Madeleine Peyronnet, her biographe, and by Priscilla Telmon who went to Lhassa.
Portrait d'Alexandra David Neel la célèbre exploratrice et écrivaine bouddhiste
commenté par sa secrétaire et amie, Marie Madeleine Peyronnet, sa biographe 
et par Priscilla Telmon qui a marché dans ses pas jusque Lhassa.

Alexandra David-Neel: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey - Clare Fischer

This is the summary of The Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects by Alexandra David-Neel, lama Yongden, H. N. M. Hardy, Alan Watts.

Interview of Alexandra David-Néel a few days before her death.

One house, one artist: (in French)

Women's History Month Series on Multicultural Kid Blogs

Join us for our second annual Women's History Month series, celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of women around the world. Follow along all month plus link up your own posts below! Don't miss our series from last year, and find even more posts on our Women's History board on Pinterest:

March 1
A Crafty Arab on Multicultural Kid Blogs: 7 Women Artists Who Changed History

March 3
The Art Curator for Kids: Songs We Can See - The Art of Peggy Lipschutz

March 4
Kid World Citizen: Children's Books about Women Scientists

March 7
Mama Smiles: Picture Books about Great Women in History Your Kids Need to Know

March 8
Hispanic Mama: 4 Latina Women Who Made It Happen

March 9
Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes: Spanish Children's Book on the Life of Felisa Rincón de Gautier, First Female Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico

Colours of Us: 28 Multicultural Picture Books about Inspiring Women & Girls

March 10
Witty Hoots: Some Awesome Women in My Life

March 11
MommyMaestra: Women in World History Trading Card Template

March 14
Crafty Moms Share: The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Real Princesses

March 15
The Jenny Evolution: Non-Fiction Books about Women for Kids

March 16
Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes

March 17
Living Ideas

March 18
La Cité des Vents

March 21
A Crafty Arab

March 22
La Cité des Vents

March 23
Peakle Pie

March 24
All Done Monkey

March 25
The Art Curator for Kids on Multicultural Kid Blogs

March 28
Creative World of Varya

March 29
Family in Finland

March 30
The Jenny Evolution

March 31
For The Love of Spanish

Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop

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