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Swyambhunath, and time to relax

Swyambhunath, and time to relax

June 27, 2009

Eternal Knot

Eternal Knot

Saturday started off with another wonderful teaching given by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. This time discussing ‘identity’ and the illusory use of language. He emphasized that Buddhism is mainly concerned with how “things really are” and our delusions keep us from seeing the nature of dependent origination. The real big “sin” in this way of life is really just ANGER. He advocated the virtues of love and kindness should be practiced at all times–I think its easier said than done but the mind can be definitely trained to do so as the “partitioner” continues to work on decreasing anger and pacifying afflicting thoughts.

After the teaching, a group of us did lunch at Shechen’s vegetarian cafe and then made way to Swayambhunath (an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley).  According to wikipedia, it is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the north-west… and we certainly saw plenty of monkeys! We walked up what seemed like a 45 degree incline of 360 plus steps in total to reach the stupa at the top. It was beautiful visit and I’m glad I went with the flow again and came along with my classmates.

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Today I had to decompress from the busy week. Although there was a great hike some students went on, I decided to just have a nice and easy kind of day and I enjoyed uploading pictures to flickr….which you can see here: flickr.com/photos/nepal-2009. Later tonight night we will be watching a movie called Milarepa, who was one of Tibet’s most famous yogis and poets and a major figure in Tibetan Buddhism. We are also a reading a book about him in class called The Life of Milarepa.

I think this next week’s gonna be pretty chill, catch up on some reading and more terrace top dinners over looking the great Boudha stupa. But more fun stuff coming up next weekend. Apparently the Blues Brother’s will be performing for 4th of July! and I’m sure there will be some big celebration event for His Holiness Dalai Lama’s birth next Monday, July 6th.

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1 QuraGirl July 3, 2009 at 12:55 pm

hi lilmehoo,

wow—what a great website/blog. really want to take the time to read it all, but i am very busy with my own move right now. it has been so hectic that i never understood the meaning of one breath at a time until this point in my life! nothing like life that puts it all into practice huh?!

seems like you are having a great learning experience on so many levels…..

thanks for sharing everything. will be coming here often to get updates!

huggies,

annie

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