Colors of Life like colors of rainbow

Eye on every activities that catches my mind and touches my heart


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Deathbed Notes

At the time of

my last breath

I realize

Birth and death are like

performance of play

Lifetime is like a flash of light

passing by swiftly

as a waterfall down a cliff

 

 All my life

My ignorant mind

keep believing

I am beautiful

I am powerful

I am immortal

Pride, hatred and jealousy

ego, desire and misery

block my mind

like cloud block the sunshine

and

I believe

there is no sunshine

though sunshine is there

 

All my life

I give a damn

to the sick, poor and destitute

never heal their wounds

never look after them

My obscure mind

love my body wholeheartedly

I keep massaging tenderly

thinking

this will last forever

and

pretending

myself as beautiful

Now

my tender skin

turned to thousands lines

none of the cream

hide my wrinkle

none of the massage oil

make my body strong

 

All my life

Due to

The Darkness of ignorance

I believe

my friends, parents, relatives

will be with me forever

Now

time has come

I have to leave

my possessions, family and friends

they won’t follow me anymore

But

my Karma follows me

 

All my life

I forgot to rejoice the true nature

the self- knowing wisdom

Never understand

the source of all phenomena of

Samsara and Nirvana

is the nature of mind-void, luminous

all encompassing, vast as sky

and

I spent my life in Samsara

doing meaningless activities

Never believe

death chases me

from the time of my birth

 

All my life

I forgot equanimity

Hate enemy

But

In the end

We are in same death bed

writing death notes

Now

I am begging death

To extend my life

But

Death is dumb

won’t hear crying

Death it blind

won’t see begging

I cannot use my power

I can’t bribe death

I cannot escape from death

Helpless

I surrender myself

like little mouse surrender

in the swamp

Realizing the truth

I cannot die

in ease and prosperity

I have to come again in Samsara

wander from life to life

with no particular direction or purpose

Like a bee flying

round and round inside a jar


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Kora;Path towards enlightenment

Kora is a path on which we walk around sacred object or place. Kora means circle in Tibetan and circumbulation in English. It is a path to purify our negative karma. Likewise we can get physical, mental and spiritual benefits. Tibetan circumbulate in a clockwise direction while Bon practitioner walk anti clockwise. When Master Atisha arrived in Tibet, Dromtonpa and his other disciples asked him, “Why do you attach such great importance to circumambulating Stupas in contrast with all other virtuous acts?” Master Atisha told them, “Among all relatively virtuous acts, there is none that brings about more merits than circumambulating Stupas, because it is the amassment of good karma of the body, the mind and the soul.

Lamas doing Kora in Bouddhanath

Lamas doing Kora in Boudhanath Stupa

People enjoying Kora in Boudhanath Stupa

People enjoying Kora in Boudhanath Stupa

Circumambulating is a very powerful practice, and the very root of the practice is to circumambulate with strong devotion, and with an undistracted mind. Since we need to accumulate extensive merit in order to generate realizations and achieve enlightenment quickly, we should attempt to circumambulate as perfectly as possible. Circumambulations should be done with body, speech and mind. If your mind is distracted and you are gossiping while you are circumambulating, there is no great benefit. Mental circumambulation involves generating devotion by thinking again and again of the qualities of the object you are circumambulating, of the qualities of  the Guru-Buddha. Speech circumambulation involves reciting mantras and praises over and over again. While reciting mantras we can use prayers beads, prayers wheels but it is not compulsion. With body and speech the most  important one is the mental circumambulation i, e having devotion in the mind. Do not think small virtuous things are not worth your attention. Even small drops of water can accumulate and fill a big vessel. Virtue needs to be accumulated little by little; it is impossible to instantly gain all provisions required for becoming Buddha. Sutra of Wisdom and Foolishness (Damamukl Nidana Sutra)

Kora again

More people doing Kora

myself doing Kora

myself doing Kora

Most of the time while circumambulating I meditate on emptiness. As with walking meditation it helps in practicing awareness of dependent arising. I question myself self, “What am I doing?—I am circumambulating. Why am I circumambulating?. Except for the fact that the body is circumambulating, there is no reason at all that I am circumambulating. It is very good to apply this reasoning. When I do this, there is suddenly some change in the concrete, independent I. Suddenly it is not so solid, not so real. It is not that the I does not exist, but there is a big change in my perception of it. In the heart there is a feeling of I, but this I is not real in the sense of being independent and existent from its own side. Others people might have different feeling. Finally, at the end of Kora I dedicate all the merit for long life of gurus and benefit of all sentient beings.

lightening butter lamp for the benefit of sentient beings

lightening butter lamp for the benefit of sentient beings

May all my actions be virtuous actions. May all my actions become cause for happiness and enlightenment. May all my actions bring happiness to all sentient beings. May all my actions bring enlightenment to all sentient beings.


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Mystery of Maratika ( Halesi) Cave

Let us reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that.  – The 14th Dalai Lama

Maratika Cave is one of the six supreme pilgrimage sites of Buddhist around the world . For Hindu it is famous Lord Shiva temple know as Halesi Mahadev. People also call it Pashupatinath (Pashupatinath is very famous Hindu Shiva temple in Kathmandu )of eastern Nepal. Visiting sacred sites is my passion. On September 13 at around 11am we started our journey from Kathmadu to Maratika ( Halesi) . We travel taking road to Kathmandu to Kotari. The road from Kathmandu to Kotari is good. From Kotari to Ghurmae, the first part of the road was pretty good. However after a few hours of ride some parts the road was really bad. A Japanese company is working on making this road and it will take one year to complete it. After that we can have a safe ride from Kotari to reach Halesi. After 9 hours of ride from Kathmandu we reach Ghurmae. We stayed in Ghurmae for one night. If we have left Kathmandu early than we need not to stay at this place. While going to Maratika cave there are two routes that are possible. The first, flying from Kathmandu to Lami Danda, and then taking a jeep drive to the Maratika . Another is by driving overland from Kathmandu, Kotari to Maratika.

on the way to Ghurme

on the way to Ghurme

 

muddy road on the way to Ghurmae

muddy road on the way to Ghurmae

beautiful scenery

beautiful scenery

 

lodge at Ghurmae

lodge at Ghurmae

 The next morning we headed towards Halesi. Due to construction of bridge in sunkoshi we can’t take the Jeep we hire. The bride is being constructed and after completion we can travel with single jeep from Kathmandu to Maratika . Next day we took another jeep to Jaya Ram Ghat. After one hour of ride we reach Jaya Ram Ghat . Than again we cross belly bridge and took another Jeep to Halesi. It is 2hrs of ride from Jayaram with the turning and bumping road. On the way to Maratika we can see majestic hills , dense forest, greenery, natural beauty on the way to Halesi.

crossing bridge to go to Jaya Ram Ghat

crossing bridge to go to Jaya Ram Ghat

banks of Sunkoshi

banks of Sunkoshi

another suspension bridge to reach Jaya Ram Ghat

another suspension bridge to reach Jaya Ram Ghat

 

school at Jaya Ram

school at Jaya Ram

Finally after 2hours of ride from Jaya Ram we reach Maratika ( Halesi) Cave. It is situated at the hilly region between the two holy rive Dudh Koshi to the right and Sunkoshi to the left. Maratika (Halesi ) is paradise on earth. I was spellbound to see, I cannot describe in words. It is indeed a memorable moment.

lots of Jeep at Jaya Ram to go to Maratika

Jeep at Jaya Ram to go to Maratika

Prayers Flages ( Lungta) at Maratika (Halesi)

Prayers Flags ( Lungta) at Maratika (Halesi)

 Colorful Lungta

Colorful Lungta

People offer Bells to Lord  Shiva once their wish is fulfilled

People offer Bells to Lord Shiva once their wish is fulfilled

Time stands still at Maratika cave, the most mesmerizing cave of Nepal. When I enter the cave I  feel the positive energy and the mystery that surrounds.   Lord Shiva and Guru Rinpoche are the essence of the cave. According to Buddhist mythology on the request of the Bodhisattva Avaloketesvara, the Buddha Amitabha taught eighteen tantras of long life. The Dakini Sangwa Yeshe recorded and hid these teachings as Terma( secret hidden treasures) at Maratika cave .Guru Padmasambhava, while in the Kingdom of Zahor met his consort Princess Mandarava who possessed all the marks of a Dakini. The Guru then gave teachings and initiations to Mandarava after which Dakinis appeared in the sky and took Guru Padma-sambhava to Maratika.Princess Mandarava unable to tolerate palace life without the Guru ran away. Hopelessly lost she prayed to Guru Padmasambhava who manifested himself and took Mandarava to Maratika.Here the Bodhisattva Avaloketesvara and the Dakini Sangwa Yeshe gave long life teachings to the Guru and Mandarava.After practicing for ninety days, Buddha Amitayus appeared in the sky and gave initiations to the Guru and Mandarava. They then attained the Vidyadhara of longevity.

stairs at Maratika ( Halesi) Cave

stairs at Maratika ( Halesi) Cave

Maratika Cave

Maratika Cave

more stairs

more stairs

19a

According to Hindu Mythology Shiva was running from the demon Bashmasur whom Shiva himself gave a boon to kill any person putting his hand on the head of the person. The demon chased Shiva himself to kill him. Shiva flees in the Halesi caves to take shelter. While Shiva was hidding, Lord Vishnu play a trick and make the demon put his hand on his own head. Shiva flees through a hole in the ceiling of the cave. You can still see Shiva’s foot steps in the air shaft and the intestines of the monster on the ceiling of the cave. After Bashmasur got killed the cave became temple. You can see a natural shiva linga formed by a stalagmite here.The sacred cave that houses the two feet tall Shiva Linga is one of the popular and most important religious destination not only in Khotang but also in Nepal. The cave popular by the name of Halesi Mahadev has two pillars to the north side of the Shiva Linga that stands very close to each other making a narrow pass. It is believed that the sinners cannot pass through this narrow passage and only a confession from them shall grant them a passage through. Every year, thousands of devotees come here to worship the lord with a belief that he could give knowledge, wisdom to the children and prosperity to the poor.

 

Shiva Lingam

Shiva Lingam  named as Halesi Mahadev

Halesi Mahadev

Halesi Mahadev

12b

Bats like twinkling stars inside the cave

Bats like twinkling stars inside the cave

There is lower Maratika cave as well. It is more dark and full of mystery too. Guru Rinpoche (Padmashambhav) kill the demon and flew from the big open hole . We can see his big feet and other body parts as well. While entering such sacred caves it is good to blow a conch .

blowing conch before entering  the cave

blowing conch before entering the cave

lower Maratika cave

lower Maratika cave

stairs to go inside the lower cave

stairs to go inside the lower cave

13c

Guru Rinpoche kill the demon inside the lower cave and flew out from this upper part of cave

Guru Rinpoche kill the demon inside the lower cave and flew out from this upper part of cave

blessed to be at the cave

Blessed at lower cave

We did prostrations, long life prayers, Kora, Ganachakra feast, offerings and many prayers at Maratika cave. Likewise, we offer Trident to Lord Shiva as well. It is indeed a beautiful moment difficult to describe in words . There are many lodges, guest house and hotels in Halesi. Water is a big problem with only the water source down below the lower Maratika Cave and people come far away to fetch water. Opposite the main cave, high up a prayer flag hill, is another cave called Chenresig cave. It is said that these days many lama’s actually do retreat here in this cave. Similarly after forty five minutes of steep walk from Halesi there is another cave named Manjushree cave.

Prostrating at Maratika Cave for the benefit of all sentient beings

Prostrating at Maratika Cave for the benefit of all sentient beings

offering prayer flags

offering prayer flags

The hill where Chenrigiz ( Avaloketeswora) cave lies

The hill where Chenrigiz ( Avaloketeswora) cave lies

ready to enter Manjushree cave at Halesi

ready to enter Manjushree cave at Halesi

on the way to Manjushree Cave

on the way to Manjushree Cave

women and children carrying water

women and children carrying water

Visiting such a sacred cave makes me alive at the deepest . These places are the truest definitions of the earth. They stand for the earth immediately and forever. It makes you alive, gives you inner peace and generate compassion. In fact it helps us to know about our existence. The memories of these experiences will last a lifetime, making God’s presence an ever-deeper reality for you.This deep soul satisfying trip gives me countless opportunities for inner inspiration.

guest house at halesi

guest house at Halesi

my bed

my bed

Halesi

Halesi

having dinner at Dewan Rai's guest house, you should not miss this guest house when you go to Halesi

having dinner at Dewan Rai’s guest house, you should not miss this guest house when you go to Halesi

lovely nature

what a nice greenery

colorful prayer flags that we offered

colorful prayer flags that we offered

 


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Fasting purifies your body, speech and mind

“Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence,  quenches the fire of lust, and kindles the true light of chastity. Enter again into yourself.” Saint Augustine

Few days ago I attended the Nyung Ne  retreat at Kopan Nunnery. I was busy in practicing Nuyng Ne so I can’t take more pictures. I hope you will enjoy this article with few pictures too.   Nuyng Ne is a fasting retreat to purify your negative Karma and accumulate merit and wisdom. Moreover, it  is a powerful and quick method to purify  a lot of negativities and at the same time collect a vast amount of merit. Meditators of the past have been able cure disease such as Leprosy through this practice. There is a story on Nyung Ne which goes like this. Gelongma Pelmo was born to a royal family in India. She abandoned the luxury of royal palace and  follow the path of Buddhism which she carry out for 12 years. One day her previous negative Karma ripened and she was stricken terribly with leprosy. However she overcome this disease with the practice of sadhana, mantra chanting and fasting for the one-thousand armed and one thousand eyed Chenrezig ( Avalokiteshvara). From that day onwards the practice of Nyung Ne continues. However, the principal purpose of the practice is to purify our negative Karma and to accumulate merit.

Kopan Nunnery  Image Source : Kopan Nunnery

Kopan Nunnery
Image Source : Kopan Nunnery

Gelongma Pelmo  Image Source : Google

Gelongma Pelmo
Image Source : Google

On the first day  I was  accompanied by other 200 nuns and more than 30 foreigners and few locals for the Nyung Ne. We started the practice at 3:30 am. We take the 8 Mahayana precepts i,e avoidance of killing, stealing, sexual activity, telling lies, taking intoxicants, not eating more than one meal, no singing/dancing/playing music, wearing jewelry and using high seats or beds.  Interestingly, Nyung Ne also coincides with Saka Dawa. It is the special months in which Buddha’s conception, birth, enlightenment and parinirvana all occur. In particular, the full moon day, or 15th day, of the fourth month marks the holiest day in Tibetan Buddhism. We chant mantras, did prayers for Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) followed by prostrations. I was so moved doing all this that most of the time I sob. I can’t scribble in words right now. It was unbelievable.  At 12 noon, we had heavy lunch and thereafter, we skip our dinner but of course, we had the privilege to drink tea till 9 pm.

 Beautiful Nuns  Image Source : Kopan Nunnery

Beautiful Nuns
Image Source : Kopan Nunnery

 

Nuns debating Photo source : Kopan Nunnery

Nuns debating
Photo source : Kopan Nunnery

On the second day,  we start our day very early at 4am. In this  day, besides taking eight precepts, we took on additional vows of not speaking (expect reciting the prayers and mantras) not eating and not drinking for 24 hours. The meditation and practice sessions includes prostrations and reciting mantras. Specifically, the fasting of body (food and drink) , purifies the obscurations of body; the fasting of speech (silence) purifies the obscurations of speech and  the fasting of mind (meditation etc.) purifies the obscurations  of mind.

We start to prostrate in front of altar and recited mantras without having any food or drinks lead by respected Lama Gurus. This process continued till 6am.  At the end of the day I experience little  hunger, thirst, tiredness and dizziness . Likewise pain from doing prostrations. I am able to ease my pain knowing that I am purifying a great deal of my negative Karma accumulated over countless eons . I remember what Buddha has advised the  “middle way” – not too soft, not too tough. During fasting  I experience discomfort, but it is bearable and not too tough.  This pain  and discomfort gives me better understanding of the suffering experienced by animals, hungry ghosts, and some humans, and thus develop greater compassion for all sentient beings, and greater renunciation of samsara. Our fasting ended at 4 am the next day, where initially we were offered to drink a handful of holy water and thereafter a series of drinks . Hence, everyone seems to be alive once again with a smile on everyone’s face after the heavy meal.  All of the nuns finished 8 sets  ( 16 days)of Nyung Ne.  perhaps we can imagine how they feel. Besides all this hardship  I can see them all content and smiling all the times.

everyone busy prostrating

everyone busy prostrating

me doing prostration

me doing prostration

If you find this kind of practice awkward and you do not believe in this kind of practice even scientific research have proved that fasting is good for health. The Telegraph recently reported that scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have discovered that fasting “for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as ‘remarkable.'”Researchers suggest that the mechanism behind this phenomenon is that “starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.” And fasting “‘flips a regenerative switch’ which prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.

nuns offering puja

nuns offering puja

Nyung Ne practice  proves to be  advantage for my spiritual growth.  It was also an unforgettable and interesting experience for me. After leaving Kopan Nunnery my mind says this two days of Nyung Ne is not enough for me. I would love to do whole sets i.e. 8 sets ( 16 days ) of Nyung Ne in the future.


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Meditation for a Healthy Living

Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?” He replied, “Nothing! However, let me tell you what I have lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death

 Oxford dictionary defines meditation as : Focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation. Meditation is  certainly not a panacea it is something that can bring positive qualities in your life – awareness, focuses, compassion and generosity to name just a few. Human being are born nothing but they are raised something. There are many things in life that are beyond our control. However, it is possible to take responsibility for our own states of mind and to change them for the better. Human life is precious. Every second of our life is meaningful because everything has consequences. Whatever we  do, feel or think builds habits and sows the seeds of cause and effect.  We do not realize this.   In fact, we are profoundly attached to   jealousy, greed, misery, anxieties, fears, hatred and we embrace them all time.

Photo credit : Google

Photo credit : Google

Mind is everything. Healthy mind makes healthy body.  We should protect our mental health with the same care that we give to our  physical body. Just as our  body requires healthy, nourishing foods, and a balanced diet, so does our mind. Make sure you feed it plenty of positive thoughts . Above all, most illness begins with a negative mind. There is remedy for negative mind.  Meditation is the best  mantra to keep your mind healthy. There are many techniques of meditation. First we need to know what meditation exactly is. Meditation is watching your mind, staying meaningful. The most important question is how to watch or stay meaningful when mind is travelling so fast. It is said our mind travels faster than light . There is one thought coming after another and then you cannot even stay in meditation for a minute. In such a condition to watch is mind is nearly impossible. Of course there is solution to this problem. It can only be meditation.

Photo Credit : Google

Photo Credit : Google

If you are learning meditation one thing you need to be clear that  to practice meditation requires time. Don’t give up because you feel like it isn’t working. It you don’t have patience you can’t.   With time and by practicing  you will make progress deliberately. The most important thing is that you need to have deep feeling that meditation is going to bring positive result in your life. Be thankful to what you have. Feel that everything is impermanence. Sit in comfortable position.  While meditating keep your spine straight and erect and the body relaxed. Having thoughts during meditation is natural. Let it come and go. Do not try to dominate your thoughts. If you feel sleepy  , sleep and practice  again in your suitable time. It’s not a good idea for force yourself to stay alert . Be calm and watch everything that arises.   In the beginning you can sit in meditation for 5 minutes. Once you feel you can watch your mind than you can increase your time too. Nevertheless, minimum 30 minutes will have some effect in you.  Gradually your meditation will become your habit. Moreover, you will find your mind more focused and peaceful.

deeply meditating

my meditation posture

I am neither mediation teacher nor a  meditation specialist. I am ordinary human being,  an avid practitioner of meditation. I am meditating for more than 8 years. In the beginning I find it  difficult. However, I give continuity . Slowly I find changes in my mind. I feel more peace.  Nowadays meditation is like oxygen for me.  It helps me staying mindful all the time.  It makes me feel everything is impermanent . Daily I meditate for forty-five minutes. It’s like having food daily.  I have experienced  each moment in meditation is always healing. Your body and mind take exactly what it needs from your practice. It simplifies our outer life and energizes our inner self.  It is a divine gift in this chaotic life.  Just try it once your life becomes so natural and spontaneous that you cannot breathe without being conscious of your own divinity.

Shakya Muni Buddha in meditation posture

Shakya Muni Buddha in meditation posture

Have you ever realize that slowing you are aging? . Researchers believe  that the aging  process somewhat leads to reduction of  immune response capability, which in turn contributes to more infections, more inflammatory diseases, and more cancer.  With aging we are sure to suffer from some diseases. Close your eyes and feel as if you are old and suffering from cancer. You are in bed counting the days of your death.  How do you feel ? .  Aren’t you scared ? . There is 24 hours in a day. We need to manage our time and make meditation compulsion in our daily life. After all managing your time means managing your life.

 

 


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The Magic of Cave Meditation

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” — Saint Francis de Sales

Meditation for me is like oxygen something I cannot do without. My eight years of meditation experiences helps me to  know my inner self  at least for some hours in a day. My day starts with 45 minutes of meditation early morning and ends with half an hour of meditation in the evening.There are many benefits of meditation. It lowers stress, energizes you, help us to stay focused. Have a look to the diagram to know more.

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The mighty powers of meditation

The mighty powers of meditation 

 

Now I have a dream to go to cave and meditate. If you are mediator then you will definitely enjoy meditating in cave.  There are many Lama Gurus, Nuns and Saints who abide in cave retreat withdrawing the outgoing senses and mind for long time.   My source of inspiration is Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo . She is born 1943 is a Tibetan Buddhist nun in the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school. She is an author, teacher and founder of the Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in Himachal PradeshIndia. She is best known for being one of the very few Western Yoginis trained in the East, having spent twelve years living in a remote cave in the Himalayas, three of those years in strict meditation retreat. Her book “Cave in the snow” is must read book for people who is seeking for  cave retreat.

must read book: Cave in the Snow"

must read book: “Cave in the Snow”   Photo credit : Google

“I took the vow to attain enlightenment in a female body, no matter how many lifetimes it may take.”

— Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Cave where JetsunTenzin Palmo meditate for 12 years

Cave where Tenzin Palmo meditated for 12 years, Photo credit : The Dakini Power

There are many caves in Nepal where people experiment with their inner self.  One of the solitary cave is in Pharping,  Nepal.  Pharping  is a small village South West of Kathmandu.  Outside of the town on the hillside resides Padmasambhava’s Meditation Caves known as  Asura cave.

 

Pharping

Pharping

Prayers Flag

Prayers Flag

The great master, Padmasambhava, attained the Mahamudra level of enlightenment through the practice of Vishuddha Heruka combined with the sadhana of Vajra Kilaya at the upper cave of Yangleshö, also known as Asura Cave. Asura Cave is also the retreat center for ‘practice’ .

Asura Cave

Asura Cave

lamp

Butter lamp

The Prayers in Seven Chapters is a proof that Guru Rinpoche meditate in Asura Cave.

Blessed

inner shrine of another cave nearby Asura cave

 

Butter Lamps

Butter Lamps

As it says in chapter five, the prayer requested by Nanam Dorje Dudjom, in ‘The Prayer in Seven Chapters to Padmakara, the Second Buddha’:
In the rock cave of Yangleshö in Nepal,
You accomplished the practice of Yangdak, ‘Essence of Great Bliss’
Liberating all obstacles and obstructors through Vajrakilaya;
And, in this sacred place you attained the siddhi of mahamudra:
To Dorje Tötreng Tsal, we pray!
To the Lotus-born Guru of Orgyen, we pray!

From “A Great Treasure of Blessings”. In the life story of Guru Rinpoche it says: “Then at Yangleshö, present day Pharping in Nepal, he practised the sadhana of Yangdak Heruka with the consort Shakyadevi, daughter of a king of Nepal. Powerful spirits caused a three-year drought, with famine and disease, and Padmasambhava asked his teachers in India for a teaching to counter them. Two men returned, laden with the tantras and commentaries of Vajrakilaya, and the moment they arrived, the obstacles were pacified. Guru Rinpoche and Shakyadevi both attained the third vidyadhara level, ‘vidyadhara of the great seal, or mahamudra’. Guru Rinpoche recognized that Yangdak is like a merchant engaging in trade-the achievement can be great, but so can the obstacles, whereas Vajrakilaya is like an armed escort; he is needed to guard against obstacles and overcome them. He then composed sadhanas of Yangdak and Vajrakilaya combined, and bound the guardians of Vajrakilaya to protect the teachings.”

another cave

another cave on the way to Asura Cave

Bad Karma or fate , asking for money

Bad Karma or fate , asking for money

Few years ago, I visited Asura Cave in Pharping.  Cave is something different for mediator.  Entering such a you  can feel a kind of sensation and positive vibes too. There is solitude in cave and it is so peaceful.  Going on a cave retreat  means you need to be free from everything. Actually, it is only meant for aspirants who have intense feelings of meditation. You need to bear hunger, cold, thirst and lost attractions for the world, sense objects etc.  Once you come back from cave retreat and practice in the daily life than it helps in spiritual growth. Cave is warm in winter and cool in summer.  I am sure I will get chance  to experience  the magic of cave meditation very soon.

Shrine inside cave

Shrine inside cave

There is another sacred cave in the high Himalayan Mountains. Lawudo cave is in Solu Khumbu, eastern region of Nepal. Lawudo (altitude 4,000 m.-13,000 ft.) is situated in the highest area of Solu Khumbu, the northeastern region of Nepal bordering Upper Tsang in Southern Tibet. Nestling in the jade green Himalayan Mountains, amidst the  juniper trees, mountain peaks and floating clouds is the most beautiful hermitage of Lawudo. This extremely beautiful and fascinating region is considered to be a “hidden valley” or beyal, a special country blessed by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava).In fact, just above Lawudo is a large cliff known as the Dragkarma, or White Cliff, which is said to be the actual entrance to one of the secret valleys of Khumbu. Lama Zopa Rinpoche , the head of foundation of head of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition spent the last 20 years of his previous life in intense retreat in Lawudo.

Laudo Cave

Lawudo  Gompa Cave, photo credit : Lawudo Gallery

Another Lawudo cave

Another Lawudo Gompa cave,  photo credit : Lawudo Gallery

decoration inside Lawudo cave

Decoration inside Lawudo Gompa  cave, photo credit : Lawudo  gallery

Yes cave is a pleasant place  to dwell and practice.   Wise Shabkar   beautiful poem is more than enough to explain the meaning of cave.  Shabkar is a model hermit, yogin, and Tibetan Buddhist teacher .

In wild places where no one lives 

Are pleasant caves to dwell and practice
In wild places where no one lives
One’s consoling friends will be animals and birds.

In wild places where no one lives
One’s nourishment will be roots and berries.

In wild places where no one lives
Is the market where samsara  is traded for nirvana

In wild places where no one lives
Are the conditions favorable for realization

In wild places where no one lives
Is natural beauty delightful to behold

There is no possible way to express
The many virtues of staying in remote and lonely places
Far removed form human habitation

Therefore, heir of the victorious Ones
Go to a secluded place and practice

 

 

 


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Pullahari Monastery: An Oasis of Peace

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 .

Salla  (Pinus roxburghii ) trees

Salla (Pinus roxburghii ) trees

Prayers flag

Prayers flag

prayers flag spreading peace

prayers flag spreading peace

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.

way to Pullhari Monastery

way to Pullahari Monastery

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

Pullahari Monastery

 Buddhas inside monastery

Buddhas and Lama gurus statue  inside  the monastery

Drums handing inside the monastery

Drums hanging inside the monastery

Lama praying

Lama praying

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.

beautiful flower

beautiful flower

 posing for  a photo shoot  :-)

posing for a photo shoot 🙂

I was speechless to see small Stupa cluster in one place which is another major attraction of Pullahari Monastery.

 Small Stupas

Small Stupas

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.

monks chanting prayers

small monks chanting prayers

more monks

more monks

We can see monks  involved in various social activities. They are aware of environment pollution too.

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Innocent little monks are the manifest of Little Buddha.

Baba HumptyDumpty with little Buddhas

Baba Humptydumpty with little Buddhas

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.

Baba HumptyDumpty more than happy

Monastery ground