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Finding peace in Prospect Park

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IRC clients arrive to the U.S. with a wide array of past experiences that staff harness to focus job searches in a variety of fields. Some clients, however, have extensive training in their home countries and seek pathways to rebuild their careers and pursue their passions here in the U.S. Dr. Chok Tenzin Monlam, a Tibetan economic empowerment client in New York, is one such outstanding client.

Dr. Chok Tenzin Monlam is a longtime practitioner and teacher of Buddhist principles, meditation, and mindfulness.

Photo: Chok Tenzin Monlam/IRC.

This summer, Dr. Tenzin Monlam was invited to be a guest lecuturer at University Open Air, a three-week lecture series in June hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library and Prospect Park Alliance. The series aims to connect immigrant teachers and professors as part of a pop-up university held outdoors at Prospect Park's former Rose Garden. Lecturers present on a large range of topics and specialities, including urban anthropology, data science, and more. 

Dr. Tenzin Monlam guided participants through meditations focused on physical and mental wellbeing. Photo: Chok Tenzin Monlam/IRC.

Dr. Tenzin Monlam has over ten years of traveling experience as a Tibetan yoga and mindfulness instructor, and over a decade of experience in Buddhist teachings regarding physical and mental healing. He has translated more than 30 books and many articles into English and Tibetan. Through his practice and Buddhist teachings, he continues to share his knowledge to alleviate stress, depression, and burn-out through physical and mental healing. In his new city of busy New Yorkers, his expertise is truly in need!

The IRC is proud of Dr. Tenzin Monlam's continued growth in his chosen field. Photo: Chok Tenzin Monlam/IRC.

Dr. Tenzin Monlam's University Open Air class centered around five movements of the five elements for physical and mental wellbeing, how to wash the internal body and fill it with pure energies, and also included a well-known health practice from the Himalayan plateau with guided mediations for short healing sessions. 

IRC staff are always thrilled to see clients seize opportunities to share their expertise and follow their passions. University Open Air was an excellent experience for Dr. Tenzin Monlam in furthering his career development and strengthening his resume here in New York City. It takes tenacity and determination to continue a career in a new country, and it is so rewarding to see that focus rewarded through recognition by University Open Air and the New York City community.

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