Lessons with Khenpo – Hungry Ghosts

In the month I spent volunteering at a Buddhist Monastery in Nepal, one of my most treasured memories was the time I spent with the principle, Khenpo D.  Khenpo and I sat for at least an hour every day in his room, often over tea or coffee.  He had just been introduced to the world…

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Losar Celebration

Not to be confused with loser, Losar is a celebration of the Tibetan New Year.  I had no idea what this was but was very fortunate to find myself at a Buddhist Monastery in Nepal for this occasion.  I cannot tell you accurately the history of Losar, or any factual significance of the different traditions,…

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Learning About Buddhism – Pujas Galore!

My time in a Buddhist Monastery taught me a lot.  I learned about the very real struggle of Tibetans and the evils committed by the Chinese government.  I learned what it feel like to be a vegetarian and eat so much rice it literally felt as though it was coming out of my pores (seriously…

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Field Trip – Boudha

If you visit Nepal, visiting Bodhnath Stupa and it’s surrounding area is a must.  As one of the major sights to visit in the Kathmandu area, I had already made a trip before starting my time volunteering for a month at Rinchen Parli Monastery.  It is full of tourists but is  a very important pilgrimage…

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Lessons with Khenpo

In my daily teachings at Rinchen Parli Monastery, one of my favorite experiences was my time spent with Khenpo Dhondup.  Khenpo is basically the principle of the monastery, and has become a great friend.  His has an incredible drive to learn English and we continue to be in touch via Skype all these years later…

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