Tibetan Culture in London’s Notting Hill

Tibetan Culture in London’s Notting Hill

The event space at Dechen London was transformed last Saturday to entertain and enrich the inhabitants of West London. Mouthwatering food, captivating stories and delightful dances celebrated the culture of Tibet. Those who attended were encouraged to try food prepared by members of the Tibetan community and the younger members were entertained with stories from the life of the Buddha. And then there was the dancing…

Tibetan Food

Delicious Tibetan Food

It was testament to the quality of the food that the mountain of delectable delights were devoured, with very little left over. This included Tibetan biscuits, called khapse, made from flour, eggs, butter and sugar. The khapse are moulded into different shapes before being deep fried. These are most commonly eaten at Losar and special occasions. They went down a treat with tea and coffee that was served throughout the day.

Tibetan Dancing

Tibetan Dancing

Following the feast there were stories for the younger generation about the life of the Buddha. This was led by Andrew, a more experienced member of the Buddhist community, provoking fascinating questions. This was followed by members of the Tibetan community singing and dancing, as can be seen in the video below (check out our Dechen London Facebook page for more footage of this event). Then people threw caution to the wind and joined in, stepping in time to both traditional and modern Tibetan songs. Both young and old tried their best to keep in time as the tempo gradually increased. From seven months to seventy years of age, the dance steps that were second nature to the Tibetans were followed and imitated with interesting results.

More Events at Dechen London

Look out for further events at Dechen London, including stories from the Life of Milarepa, art exhibitions from Jean Veasey and Molly van der Weij and traditional Thangka painting with Elliott Ripley. Click here to find Dechen London, or sign up to our monthly newsletter below for regular information on forthcoming events.

Business Networking in Notting Hill

Business Networking at Dechen London

Tuesday heralded the third business networking event at Dechen London where the crackle of business and deals being struck echoed throughout West London over steaming coffee and sumptuous cake. Thanks to the intrepid Cathie O’Dea from Knots Networking, estate agents encountered travel consultants and bookshop owners met property investors to discuss best practice and to support each other in running a small business in West London.

Specialist Bookshop with a Difference

The backdrop of tenth century depictions of Buddhist iconography and rows of books detailing the exploits of inspiring teachers of dharma was a unique environment to discuss generating leads, managing time effectively and how to run successful social media promotions without getting caught up wasting hours on cat videos.

Business in Notting Hill

60 Second Business Pitch

Each entrepreneur had just 60 seconds to introduce their business and what they were seeking from the networking event. This was followed by a general discussion and a chance to exchange business cards and promotional material, with the opportunity to make meaningful connections.

Networking is vital for small businesses to promote themselves and to find support from others in similar situations. Nothing beats the personal interaction and friendly conversations to prove you have something worth investing in. People invest in people rather than products, making networking a vital component in any advertising strategy.

Business Networking

Monthly Networking Event

Knots Networking is a monthly event open to local business owners to connect with others and to find support from like-minded people. What better way is there to spend a Tuesday morning than forging meaningful links with local businesses and to enjoy the ambience of Notting Hill’s most intriguing bookshop, offering specialist Buddhist books, exclusive prints, meditation and literary events.

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