In Pullahari, with its good clean earth,
Its water so sparkling clean and its clean fresh air;
Here in the solitude of this secluded place,
With its spacious scenery and relaxing view;
To listen and reflect on the Teaching here
In Pullahari, what Lucky Star!
Ven. Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso Rinpoche
Visiting monastery is like having a glimpse of Buddha .It not only strengthen my practice but also refreshes my mind. I can feel positive vibes of the monastery. There are many monasteries here in Kathmandu. Recently I visited Pullahari Monastery nestled in north of Bouddhanath Stupa. This monastery is abode of faith, peace and knowledge. It is nearly one-hour walk form Bouddhanath. There are many pathway to reach there. But if you take taxi from Bouddha, it will go through Jorpati and you will reach Gokarna. After Gokarna you will enter a beautiful forest (where park in the name of martyrs is being made ) you can drive along a beautiful forest of Salla (Pinus roxburghii ) trees and finally to Pullahari monastery. Photo Credit : Baba Humptydumpty .
In 1986, the Third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche accepted the offer of a piece of land by the Third Dilyak Dabzang Rinpoche (1929 – 1992) and agreed to his request to set up a 3-year Mahamudra retreat centre. He named the place “Pullahari” after Lord Naropa’s monastery in Bihar, India, where Naropa declared Lotsawa Marpa (1012 – 1097) his Dharma Heir in Tibet. Pullahari Monastery is open in March 1992.
The monastery itself is rich in wonderful architecture . The treasured images of deities and scripture covers wall of the monastery. We can feel the positive energy everywhere. The atmosphere & surroundings is distinctly serene and picturesque. Having quietly entered the hall I walked closer to the idols, admired the tastefully crafted & painted deities and took pictures.
Pullahari Monastery extends in huge area . Everywhere you can greenery and blossoming flowers of various species. The place is serene spreading harmony at the every corner of the monastery.
I was speechless to see small Stupa cluster in one place which is another major attraction of Pullahari Monastery.
Rhythmic chanting and the smell of incense fill the air. Inside the monastery a large congregation of monks were reverentially conducting their prayers for the benefit of beings and ultimate realization Lamas (teachers) and student monks deeply engrossed in chanting in their booming voices unmindful of the surroundings & activities around them. Their chanting always brings tears in my eyes.
We can see monks involved in various social activities. They are aware of environment pollution too.
Innocent little monks are the manifest of Little Buddha.
I finally left the monastery and promise myself to visit it again. I think one time visit didn’t quench my thirst. The rhythmic deep chants continued to resonate in my minds for on the way to home. The whole experience was out of the world and deeply transformational and I came away with a feeling of belonging and peace. Such is the power of the monastery and the prayer of monks.