Colors of Life like colors of rainbow

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Simple way to feed the humanity

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha

What’s the first thing you think of when you see the poor and homeless people ? Do you feel like giving something to them or you give a damn to them. When I see these kind of people the first thing that comes in my mind is to help them at any cost. There are so many simple ways to serve them which is really essential to them. But we are never aware of this.

shirts ready to distribute

used shirts ready to distribute

used Kurthas, T-shirts

used Kurthas, T-shirts

used clothes

used clothes

Some people are born in rich family whereas some are in poor. But whom is to blame if they born in such a family who have hand to mouth problem. In Buddhism we believe that it is their Karma. We also believe we all are interdependent, so it is our moral responsibility to help beings born with deformation or retardation, who are paying their karmic dues to ease their potential sufferings, we aim to elevate their poor livelihood by all possible means. But if we lend our hand just by giving small part of what we have that would bring immense pleasure to them.

people waiting for food and clothes

people waiting for food and clothes

serving food

serving food

Now a days we are so busy taking care of ourselves or rather say our children, our family etc. We care about our happiness in the mean time we forget that there are many people who need our love, care and support too. We throw lavish party, we spent thousands for buying clothes to our children, we love spending money on expensive cosmetics but we never think of helping the poor and homeless people. We never realize that it is not that they are poor it is our attitude towards them that makes us feel they are poor.

 

people eating food

people eating food

distributing clothes

distributing clothes

woman eagerly waiting for the clothes to receive

woman eagerly waiting for the clothes to receive

One week ago I planned to help poor and homeless people in a simple way. I want to give used but good clothto these people. I know the clothes  which is of no use to me can really be a big help to them. I share my feeling with my Dharma friend Sonia Guillot. She told me to visit the website of APHO. All Pervading Helping Others Organization (APHO) was founded by Abbot Dakpa Yeshi on 2008. It is nonprofit organization which has been serving meals and clothes to disabled and poor. They are doing it on auspicious Buddhist spiritual days and events by feeding scores and sometimes hundreds of poor who have difficulty meeting their food needs. They are serving them four times a month. Finally on 2nd November I reach at APHO’s place for donating clothes. They always give meal at 12 noon only.  But before 12 noon lots of disable and poor people queue outside the gate. They are really poor. At 12 noon we start to serve them food . After taking food I distribute clothes to them individually. People seem very happy with the clothes.

feeding the destitute

feeding the destitute

happily eating the rice, dal and curry

happily eating the rice, dal and curry

My happiness has no boundaries but the question that come in my mind is how nice it would be if we help them in some income generating work. They need it most. How long can they go seeking food and clothes from others?. If you want to lend your hand visit this website http://www.apho.org.np . Check your cupboards you can see many clothes dumped for years. Why not to give it to such organization? There is no other happiness as serving others.  Being human try live for others as well.

serving Dal

serving Dal

 

 

 

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Photopraphs of recent Poon Hill trek

Remembering the people who lost their lives in the recent avalanche in the Annapurna Region ( Thorang La Pass) area in Nepal on October 19, 2014.  At least 38 people died and many are injured.  A few weeks ago I trek through Poon Hill. I am overwhelmed to see natural beauty.  Questioning myself how can natural disasters sweep away all the beauty of nature within a second taking so many innocent people’s lives ? . Pray for the dead,  injured, and people who lost their loved ones. OM MANI PADME HUM

 After one and half hours drive from Pokhara to reach  Nayapul. From Naayapul the trek starts. We can also take a jeep from Naaypul to Tikhedhunga.
Modi River

Modi River

traditional village house

traditional village house

serene river

serene river

Birethati

Birethati

Way to Hille

Way to Hille

Rice Paddy field

Rice Paddy field

beautiful village

beautiful village

walking trail

the walking trail after Tikhedhunga

Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) takes about six hours. To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages.
belly bridge

suspension bridge before walking the stairs of Ulleri

 nice water fall

nice water fall

more water fall

more waterfall

Green Hills

Green Hills

traditional Nepali DOKO used as Dustbin

traditional Nepali DOKO used as Dustbin

dead snake spotted in Ulleri

dead snake spotted in Ulleri

nice Hills

nice Hills

traditional way of keeping maize  for a long period so that villagers can use it after years

traditional way of keeping maize at Banthati so that villagers can use it after years

tough steep steps of Ulleri

tough slippery  steps of Ulleri

Nagaethati

Nagaethati

From Nagaethati to Gorepani is one and half hours of trek.
Entry gate of Ghoreoani

Entry gate of Ghorepani

lower Ghorepani village

lower Ghorepani village

Mountain veiled in fog

Mountain veiled in fog

Helipad at Upper Ghorepani

Helipad at Upper Ghorepani

sun is about to rise

sun is about to rise

Sunrise from Poon Hill

Sunrise from Poon Hill

Poon Hill

Poon Hill

Tower at Poon Hill

Tower at Poon Hill

majestic mountain

majestic mountain

Poon Hill named after Major Tek. Bahadur Pun discover the Hill

Major Tek. Bahadur Pun is the founder of Poon  Hill

people are enjoying the breathtaking mountains

people are enjoying the breathtaking mountains

walking down the stairs of Ulleri

walking down the stairs of Ulleri

life is beautiful as the marigold flower

life is beautiful as the marigold flower

I am tired

I am tired


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A Brief History of the Dream

The Conscious Process

tiny grass is dreaming

Our true and original nature is the Supreme Source of the universe and all of its infinite energetic manifestations. Everything we see and experience, including the body and its conditions, is a projection of that Source energy as radiant holographic light, which assumes the forms of you and me and everything. There is no “external” reality separate from our own activity as Source, nothing appearing outside of us — no “objective world” — that is not a figment of our own dreamy Source energy projections.

As shards of Source energy, we “co-create” the illusion called “the universe”, along with its dazzling variety of props and experiences, tests and challenges, loves and losses, victories and defeats. The Hindus use the term “lila” for this immense display, commonly translated as “creative divine play”. In any case, it is all a truly awesome mirage, birthed in an act of indescribable love. Though far…

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

lovely nature

what a nice greenery

colorful prayer flags that we offered

colorful prayer flags that we offered

 


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Photographs of my recent visit to the land of natural beauty Pokhara

Fewa lake

Fewa lake, largest lake of Pokhara

Pogoda Style temple of  Baharahi also know as Tal Baharai Temple ( Water  Goddess)

Pogoda Style temple of Baharahi also know as Tal Baharai Temple ( Water Goddess) lies in the Fewa Lake

Taal Barahai ( Water Goddess)

People enjoying at Tal Barahai ( Water Goddess)

Boat carrying people to Tal Barahai

Boat carrying people to Tal Barahai

pigeon and kids enjoying at Taal Barahai

pigeon and kids enjoying at Taal Barahai

Vigorous Devis Fall, most fascinating waterfall in Pokhara

Vigorous Devis Fall, most fascinating waterfall in Pokhara

view from Sarangkot

view from Sarangkot

People enjoying Paragliding

People enjoying Paragliding

colors of rainbow, pagagliding

colors of rainbow, pagagliding

begging money

destitute guy begging money

Baby cradle at Sarangkot village

Baby cradle at Sarangkot village

this is how people preserve maize for long time in village of Sarangkot

this is how people keep maize for long time in village of Sarangkot

Begnas Lake, second largest lake of Pokhara

Begnas Lake, second largest lake of Pokhara

child enjoying swimming at Begnas lake

child enjoying swimming at Begnas lake

Peace Stupa

Peace Stupa

 

 


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Birthday celebration at childrens home

No one has ever become poor by giving. Anne Frank

Each year we all celebrate our birthdays in different ways. While celebrating such special moments in our lives, oftentimes, we do not realize that there are those who are ordinary but for their circumstances would not know when and where we celebrate. For such people, we just pass through life without affecting them in any way. The truth of the matter is that they are ever grateful and appreciative for every kind gesture extended to them.

Sister with children

my sister with children

Youngest child Lamho

Youngest child Lamho

On July 10 I plan to celebrate my sister’s birthday in a different way. I suggest her to celebrate it with the kids of the Bourgandi Children’s Home. This orphanage is at Ramhiti which is nearly 2km from the Bouddhanath. My brother-in-law accompanied us.

Children enjoying with brother in law

Children enjoying with brother in law

me with Lamho

me with Lamho

Every child greeted us on this special day with some hugs and kisses. The children are aged between 5 to 21 years. They are from different districts of Nepal. Most of them are from the Himalayan region. As the children welcome us I can see a charming person standing by the gate. Yong and dynamic Ghaman Tamang is a kind-hearted guy who is taking care of all 30 children in the children’s home. On my first visit, he explained to me the inspiring story about the children’s home. I can see tears coming through his eyes and his murmuring voice explaining the plight of children and how he rescued them. I find him humble and honest. In my first meeting, he left an undying impression.

sister serving food to children

sister serving food to children

dinner time

dinner time

It was a very special moment for the children too as they feel a sense of belonging. It was a thing of joy to celebrate with these kids as they all danced and had fun. They sang a birthday song. Surprisingly they made beautiful birthday cards and other paintings and gifted them to my sister. We are overwhelmed by the talents that children own. Our hearts filled with joy and our eyes with tears.

lamho is sleeping

lamho is sleeping

paintings done by children

paintings were done by children

I feel spending time with them and merely listening to them is more important and precious instead of spending time in restaurants only waiting for food. And while birthdays are celebrated with midnight surprise parties at homes and in hotels over dinner, there are some who plan otherwise. It was indeed a special birthday for us. I will always treasure the moment in my life. To share your happiness with these kids is the best thing you could ever do on your birthday than throwing a lavish party.

paintings done by children

paintings were done by children

nice painting

nice painting

the guy with great heart Ghamang on left

the guy with a compassionate Ghamang on left

Losing your parents is not easy, however old you are. It is not their fault to become orphans. If you are celebrating a birthday why not celebrate with these kids? Give chance to your kids to meet these kids and learn about the different life they are living. Why don’t you donate some amount to these kids?. If this is not possible why don’t you share some time with them? . All you need is to have a compassionate heart.

sister with children

sister with children

lovely children

lovely children

Birthday cards

Birthday cards


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Nepal Yoga Retreat and Spa Center- a Paradise on Earth

Here is, in truth, the whole secret of Yoga, the science of the soul. The active turnings, the strident vibrations, of selfishness, lust and hate are to be stilled by meditation, by letting heart and mind dwell in spiritual life, by lifting up the heart to the strong, silent life above, which rests in the stillness of eternal love, and needs no harsh vibration to convince it of true being.  Patanjali

When I think of Yoga Retreat and Spa my mind summoned images of peaceful green mountains, quiet spaces, fresh air, greenery, and much more. I have visited many Yoga Retreat and Spa Centers but none satisfy my dream. After visiting Nepal Yoga Retreat and Spa Center (NYRSC) I feel we need to dream and one day it will be fulfilled. My dream destination NYRSC is located between Kathmandu and Nagarkot. It is just 5km from Bhaktapur and 1km from Telkot. It is 15km from the center of Kathmandu or Thamel.

Photo Credit : Nepal Yoga Retreat and Spa Center

Photo Credit: Nepal Yoga Retreat and Spa Center

Bamboo cottages

Bamboo cottages

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NYRSC  is surrounded by the dense Shreeban forest. This is the perfect nature where you could do yoga, eat organic food prepared from the garden, and relax yourself doing an Ayurveda massage. Jungle hiking, and serene river adds more exquisiteness. You can also volunteer in the village area or experience exploring. The place is so peaceful that the only sound we heard is insects humming in the evening. The panoramic view of Nagarkot is worth watching.

Panoramic view of Nagarkot

Panoramic view of Nagarkot

Lovely Greenary Photo Credit : NYRSC

Lovely Greenery
Photo Credit : NYRSC

Night view Photo Credit : NYRSC

Night view
Photo Credit: NYRSC

The hospitality, facilities, and services of the internet at NYRSC make you forget the luxury you could get in any deluxe hotel. The bamboo cottages and the well-furnished room is incomparable to any five-star hotel. Needless to say, NYRSC makes you forget your sweet home. I realized it is a manifestation of my dream.

Cottage

Cottage

room

room

cottages

cottages

Panchamahalaxhmi Dham temple at the NYRSC premises is the magnificent and sublime reality of the divine surroundings. This is the Ashram area of His Holiness Swami Kamalnayanacharya Shree Ji Maharaj who is the supreme spiritual guru of Nepal Yoga Retreat and Muktinath Temple.

Panchamahalaxmi Temple

Panchamahalaxmi Temple

You will get amused once you learn yoga here. It is a matter of pride to learn yoga with Dr. Chintamani Gautam. He is a highly qualified and recommended yoga Guru. He has been involved with yoga and its teachings for over 15 years in both Nepal and India and has a depth of knowledge unsurpassed in the region. Apart from this spa and naturopathic services, yoga packages, and ayurvedic treatment soothes your body and mind.

Dr. Chintamani Gautam

Dr. Chintamani Gautam

happy :-)

happy to be @NYRSC

NYRSC is a soul-invigorating retreat center; it catered to each of our chakras, from root to crown. It detoxifies your body and mind. NYRSC helps you to know more about your body and mind and experience something. It connects you to the magnificent reality, spirituality, silence, and above all with yourself. If you are looking for something unique to experience NYRSC is the only one. You cannot even imagine heaven exists here on earth and it is just so close to us.

students receiving teachers training Photo Credit : NYRSC

students receiving teachers training
Photo Credit: NYRSC

more on NYRSC

more on NYRSC


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Sound of Silence

My entry

Breaks your silence

My eyes

Attracts you

With the feelings unchanged

I knock on your inner door

You let me in

We laugh

We cry

We love

We touch

We live in ecstasy

You

amuse me with your touch

not with your hands

kissed me with tenderness

Not with your lips

with your love

You keep me alive

We shape and idol

We get drunk in love

We play in love

We raise hope in love

We make castles in love

Idol melt

Love spill

Love Panic

Love fade

Castle blew away

I cried

A silent night

Silent tears

A silent moment

A silent ray of hope

Darkness engulfs

Flower wither

Love disappears

Heart melt

Love unveil

I am in search

for

My spirit

My love

My soul

My Existence

Do not beg

Do not open your heart

Do not keep wondering

Do not seek

Now

It is

Time for silence

Time to observe

Time to worship

Time to pray

and

Listen to

Sound of Silence


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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

A few days ago I attended the Nyung Ne retreat at Kopan Nunnery. I was busy practicing Nuyng Ne so I can’t take more pictures. I hope you will enjoy this article with a 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 to cure diseases 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 the 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 overcomes 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 a few locals for the Nyung Ne. We started the practice at 3:30 am. We take the 8 Mahayana precepts 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 month in which Buddha’s conception, birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana all occur. In particular, the full moon day, or the 15th day, of the fourth month marks the holiest day in Tibetan Buddhism. We chant mantras, and did prayers for Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) followed by prostrations. I was so moved to do 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. On this day, besides taking eight precepts, we took on additional vows of not speaking (except reciting the prayers and mantras) not eating, and not drinking for 24 hours. The meditation and practice sessions include prostrations and reciting mantras. Specifically, the fasting of the body (food and drink), purifies the obscurations of the body; the fasting of speech (silence) purifies the obscurations of speech and the fasting of mind (meditation, etc.) purifies the obscurations of the mind.

We start to prostrate in front of the altar and recited mantras without having any food or drinks led 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 give me a 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 time.

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 has 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 advantageous for my spiritual growth.  It was also an unforgettable and interesting experience for me. After leaving Kopan Nunnery my mind says these two days of Nyung Ne are 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 into your life – awareness, focuses, compassion and generosity to name just a few. Human beings 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, and hatred and we embrace them all time.

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Mind is everything. A healthy mind makes a 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 a remedy for the 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, and staying meaningful. The most important question is how to watch or stay meaningful when the mind is traveling 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 his mind is nearly impossible. Of course, there is a solution to this problem. It can only be meditation.

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If you are learning meditation one thing you need to be clear that practicing meditation requires time. Don’t give up because you feel like it isn’t working. If 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 a deep feeling that meditation is going to bring positive results in your life. Be thankful for what you have. Feel that everything is impermanent. Sit in a 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 at a suitable time. It’s not a good idea to 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 then you can increase your time too. Nevertheless, a minimum of 30 minutes will have some effect on 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 a meditation teacher nor a  meditation specialist. I am an 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 peaceful.  Nowadays meditation is like oxygen for me.  It helps me stay 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 that 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 realized that slowing you are aging? . Researchers believe that the aging process somewhat leads to a 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 are 24 hours 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.