Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche spoke with Erika Berg, compassionate activist and author of Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma, at Nalanda West following His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s “A Call to Compassionate Action” event in Seattle.
Berg, who facilitates visual storytelling workshops with refugee youth along the borders of Burma and in the U.S, hosted a Call to Action table at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall during the public teachings His Holiness gave on Saturday, May 9. Seven other organizations dedicated to social justice and compassionate action — Bodhi Seeds, LoveCityLove, YouthCare, Backbone Campaign, Compassion Games, Roots of Empathy and Compassionate Seattle — also hosted tables, providing information and ways for volunteers to put compassion into action.
Berg’s new book Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma illustrates Burma’s ongoing struggle for democracy as told through artwork created by refugee youth forced to flee their home country due to ethnic violence and persecution.
Ta Kwe Say, a Burmese youth refugee and one of the artists whose work is featured in Berg’s book, joined five local youth leaders working in social justice on a panel with His Holiness Karmapa during “A Call to Compassionate Action.”