Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Medicine Buddha Finale

On the 28th we all went down by bus to the nunnery and fortunately, I was able to offer 90,000rps. from my side, due to the kind donations I have received recently. This money will go towards supporting nearly 200 nuns who are coming from all over India to debate with the Kopan nuns. Ani Jangsem, the Manager of the nunnery offered me a khatag and very kind words of thanks along with tea and biscuits. We toured the new gompa building, which is going to be absolutely beautiful.

Afterwards we arrived in Boudha and lit many butterlamps on behalf of the group and the people they dedicate for and then circumambulation (some shopping might have been done on the side!) and then back up to Kopan for dinner and a movie: Home. See it if you can, definitely see it if you are concerned about the environment and what the consequences of our actions will be, unless we change.

This morning was our last meditation session on Medicine Buddha and then the fire puja, followed by goodbyes with a group photo. Many special things happened to many people on the retreat....thank you to everybody.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Monsoon in Nepal

We have now finished two courses, Thought Transformation and an Introductory Course. They were both full of extraordinary people and I think we all had a good time. Tomorrow the beginner's Reiki course starts and then next Wednesday is the Medicine Buddha retreat. Recently, an offshoot of the BBC here in Nepal, came to film my introductory course and they are really inspired by the Dharma so now they want to return and film more. Their programmes will be available on the website:
after about ten days. Isn't it great that Buddhism will be offered through mainstream TV in Nepal? That's all for now. Do take care and keep praying for World Peace and Harmony. Thank you.