A bird’s eye view of Edmonton at the turn of the last century would show an urban core on either side of the river, with outlying subdivisions separated by bush and a few connecting roads. Meanwhile, the surging commercial and population growth meant the city was hard-pressed to keep up with services and infrastructure.
A smile lights Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe’s face as he queries a young guest at the Alberta Centre for Peace and Meditation, on the corner of 101 Street and 114 Avenue.
Fondly known as Kushok, the spiritual director of Gaden Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Society has been offering teachings and meditation practice to Edmontonians for 16 years. But his journey here was not always so bright.
A basketball game is starting in the Crystal Kids Youth Centre’s gym and a staff member is designating positions with six boys.
The focused and friendly energy highlights a core premise of Crystal Kids: to provide positive mentoring and individual engagement with youth. The centre’s approach is flexible within a programmed structure.
At a recent intercultural event, a woman approached Ibrahim Cin and told him his people and his culture were not wanted here. They should return to their homeland. Cin, a practicing Muslim, is originally from Turkey.
He politely acknowledged her opinion and was going to leave it at that.