I want to dedicate this article to Late Rinpochhe Nawang Kochha who died nearly two years ago due to cancer. See I am on your path…
This day is a special day,
It is yours.
Yesterday slipped away
It cannot be filled with more meaning.
About tomorrow nothing is known.
But this day, today, is yours.
Make use of it.
Today you can make someone happy.
Today you can help another.
This day is a special day,
It is yours.
Indian Poem from Lam Rim Book
Kopan Monastery is paradise with beautiful garden, greenery, and spectacular view of Kathmandu valley. We can see incredible view from any point of monastery.
The peaceful garden with beautiful flowers and splendid stupas adds more serenity. There is small hill nearby garden from where you can see sunrise and sunset too. Likewise, you can begin your day with yoga with fresh air and birds chirping around. We all are there to stay focused and concentrated so using of mobile phone, laptops and playing music are prohibited. They believe that it will disturb our practice.
I recently joined for the 10 days (April 19-19) Buddhist beginners course. All together there are 115 participants from all over the world. I am the only one from Nepal a Hindu woman searching the meaning of my existence in this earth. I love Buddhist philosophy, practices and prayers.
On April 19 our check in time was till 4pm. At 5pm we gather for introduction and short meditation. Ani Caron , nun from Sweden welcomed us. She is amazing nun with soft-spoken voice, charming face and caring too.
Next day I woke up at 5a.m. before the wake up bell, which used to ring at 5:45am during the course. I did yoga for 45minutes and go for tea at 6am. We had breakfast at 7:30am. After that mediation guided by lovely monk and teaching till 11.30am followed by lunch at 11:45am. Everyday our class starts with three prostrations before teaching starts. Prostration is done to decrease false pride and the sense of ego and it is not compulsion at all. While sitting insiding monastery we need to sit upright, facing the teacher and not to lean. We can change posture during class and to stretch the legs but it still had to be done very mindfully. The legs could not be stretched over the dharma books and the soles of the feet could not be pointed towards the altar, the teacher or the Buddha.
After lunch we sit for discussion divided into different groups. Discussion mostly focused on teaching we had in the morning on that particular day. At 3pm-5pm we had teachings on Buddhism which focused on different topics like, ego, attachment, suffering etc. Ghese Sherub charming face, sense of humor and remarkable teaching charmed everybody. At 5pm we had tea break, 7:45 dinner and meditation till 8:45. We need to maintain silence all day and night. The vegetarian food at monastery is awesome. Most fun thing is to do is dish washing after meal.
The retreat building is well built with clean room. Early morning our days started with the monks chanting. There are nearly 400 monks aged 5 to oldies. They chant, reciting mantras, debate, perform pujas with playing drums etc. The debate is the most amazing act in which they used to debate for an hour with shouting and different mudras.
Buddhist teaching are worth listening. It is more useful in our day to day life. Compassion, suffering life, death, rebirth, disturbing emotions and emptiness, ego, attachment and liberation. non virtuous of body,stealing, sexual misconduct and lying and non-virtues of speech, lying, divisive speech, harsh speech and idle gossipis what it teaching mostly focused on. It explains the teachings of Buddha and Samsara.
On the 6th day puja held at gompa. It lasts for 2hours with heart soothing mantras and chartings. I must say Ghese Sherb voice is unbelievable. He chant mantras and sing in an incredible way. Chanting was so heart touching that I burst into tears.
8 and 9th days are completely noble silent for 48hours not even looking at each other. We did meditation walk, which was calming and new experience for me. On the 9th day we had light offering ceremony. We offer light in complete silent remembering all sentient beings. I love noble silence, which helps you in knowing your inner self.
Our silent ends after taking breakfast on 10th day. Everybody start to chatter since it was last day.
To live a virtue life
Generate compassion toward all sentient beings
Abide in equanimity
Stay free from hatred and attachment,
Try to overcome ego and seek liberation,
Create good karma for next rebirth and much more..
It’s not matter of religion whether to be Hindu, Christian or Muslim. Is teaches us how to become good human being and benefit all sentient beings. My spiritual journey continues. I need to find answer of my existence and there is a long way to go.