When I was at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in October 2016- the highpoint of the festival for me was meeting and speaking with Anastasia Lin.

It was a brief exchange – I saw into the heart of this extraordinary young woman and we connected. An older, overweight westerner and a beauty queen, what could the two of us have in common? The answer is simple, to speak the truth about human rights and a desire for freedom for all people – not just for those who can afford it.

Anastasia is a shining star, a role model. Two are of my most treasured photos from this event are of Anastasia and myself. She is brave beyond measure. The risks she exposes herself to are enormous, but she does not break.

anastasiaHer name means resurrection. How apt. Please watch and share this YouTube clip and learn. She may not have been to Tibet but she speaks out for the Tibetans as well as other persecuted groups. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama says “Go to Tibet and see many things. Then…tell the world.”

Please watch and share this YouTube clip and learn.

” Anastasia Lin is telling the world. May you walk in light and peace and may the Enlightened Ones watch over you always and keep you safe.


About lindandsam

Linda is a poet and writer. As a mature aged student, she completed a Bachelor of Creative Writing and is now a postgraduate student at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Published in the USC Storyboard, 2015. Self-published ‘Where is Gedhum Choekyi Nyima?’ For the Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, 1997. She lives in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and shares her life with her partner and their four-legged fur babies Hugo and Tashi-la..

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