The Isolation of the American Traveler

In comparison to Canadians, Europeans and Australians; Americans as a society are not known for their traveling and love of exploring the world.  This does not mean none of them travel (obviously), but it the vast majority have not spent a great deal of time traveling to foreign places beyond Mexico, Puerto Rico or the…

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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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