Travel Blogs from Mundgod India, India

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Dharma sista, you ride like a boy na!?, Mundgod India, India travel blog

Dharma sista, you ride like a boy na!?

A travel blog entry by swedishvagabond

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... in overloaded jeeps and buses to a never-ending honking serenade. By now, the earlier clean and neat main road of Mundgod, has transformed into a ill-smelling-dust cloud with a million plastic bottles scattered around. An aroma of mixed of Tibetan ...

Tibetan hospitality during a personal meltdown!, Mundgod India, India travel blog

Tibetan hospitality during a personal meltdown!

A travel blog entry by swedishvagabond

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... in Goa's neighboring state Karnataka. I found out that the train ride between Goa and Hubli was one of the most beautiful ones in India and I met some amazing people along the way. Tim and Sue were a sweet British couple that came to India to do a yoga ...

Merry Christmas Happy Birthday!, Mundgod, India travel blog

Merry Christmas Happy Birthday!

A travel blog entry by erikabowman

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We had a 'Christmas' party for the last day of class and got away with it.  The monks were absolutely adorable, practucally shaking with excitement about the idea of a party.  For them, a party only happens once or twice a year, and consists of ...

The Monastic Life, Mundgod, India travel blog

The Monastic Life

A travel blog entry by erikabowman

I am finally here! It was a long, exhausting trip to Nepal to extend my visa, Agra to see the Taj Mahal, Jalgaon to see the ancient temples of Ajanta, Hyderabad to see Supreet (a friend from college) and finally here. As you can see by the ...

Boys School: Attack of the Lama Police, Mundgod, India travel blog

Boys School: Attack of the Lama Police

A travel blog entry by erikabowman

... . He fought his way to the rooftop. Seeing he had no escape, he jumped to the rooftop of the house next door but this is India, where construction is about the same as building a house of cards. He fell right through, landing in a pot of dal (lentil ...

The Problem with being a woman, Mundgod, India travel blog

The Problem with being a woman

A travel blog entry by erikabowman

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During my trip around the south of India, Tenzin Wangmo, the Swiss nun I lived next door to at the Drepung Loseling Guest House, called to inform me that we were facing a major problem. The monastery changed its rules regarding women. When I first ...

Why more?, Mundgod, India travel blog

Why more?

A travel blog entry by erikabowman

... . He fought his way to the rooftop. Seeing he had no escape, he jumped to the rooftop of the house next door but this is India, where construction is about the same as building a house of cards. He fell right through, landing in a pot of dal (lentil ...

Learning a little Tibetan, Mundgod, India travel blog

Learning a little Tibetan

A travel blog entry by erikabowman

Slowly, but surely, I am learning Tibetan. It's been a slow process. There was a whole new alphabet to learn, the first three letters of which are "Ka, Ka, Ka." Did you hear the difference? Okay, okay. I'll say it again. "Ka, ka, ka." Did you hear ...

Death of a Teacher, Mundgod, India travel blog

Death of a Teacher

A travel blog entry by erikabowman

We went a few days straight without class. This soon turned into a week. One of the highest teachers in the monastery was very, very sick, so the monks were in prayer all day long, hoping their prayers would be answered by his recovered health. The ...

November Debates, Mundgod, India travel blog

November Debates

A travel blog entry by erikabowman

The monks here work hard.  Really hard.  Each year they memorize (in, out and backwards) at least a hundred pages of scripture, investigate its meaning, and then debate it as part of their spiritual training.  The full course to become a ...

Daily Life, Mundgod, India travel blog

Daily Life

A travel blog entry by erikabowman

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The day breaks at 6am to the sound of a gong. Like a good snooze alarm clock, the gong rings once the first minute. A few minutes later it rings again. After 15 minutes it rings incessantly for 30 seconds- enough to wake even the deepest sleeper. I ...

Around the Monastery, Mundgod, India travel blog

Around the Monastery

A travel blog entry by erikabowman

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Just some random pics from around the ...

Lost in translation and Starstruck by a Lama!, Mundgod India, India travel blog

Lost in translation and Starstruck by a Lama!

A travel blog entry by swedishvagabond

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... blissed out. This day will stay in my heart forever. This was one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments that I will treasure for a lifetime. India certainly never stops to surprise me, and I can’t wait to see what’s yet to come. Peace, Love ...

This day by the lake, Mundgod, India travel blog

This day by the lake

A travel blog entry by erikabowman

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...went too fast! (A little shout out to Joshua and Chris!) The guys in the conversation class had the brilliant idea to take class outdoors one day, so we took our class on a picnic.  Such a great time, and it was the first time I saw many of ...

Lotus Lake- Nice pics!, Mundgod, India travel blog

Lotus Lake- Nice pics!

A travel blog entry by erikabowman

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Namgi and Puchung (my two fave students and I) spent a glorious day in the sun, walking through the recently harvested rice paddies and corn fields to a nearby lake, in search of a lotus or two.  Stepping out of the monastery for the first time in a ...

CALL ME, I HAVE A PHONE!, Mundgod, India travel blog

CALL ME, I HAVE A PHONE!

A travel blog entry by erikabowman

Hello, loved ones! Today I am leaving for a two week holiday while the monks have their exams. I have no idea where I am going, but my bag is packed and the train station is across the street. Typical erika, I know. :) The important thing for you ...

Halloween Hairdo, Mundgod, India travel blog

Halloween Hairdo

A travel blog entry by erikabowman

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... ' rooms. Strange hairdo's don't fly around these parts, however, so it only lived for a night. So, I'm starting the slow, careful process of readjusting my India-influenced exterior without modifying the shifted interior. This is tricky ...

Boys School: Bending the Rules, Mundgod, India travel blog

Boys School: Bending the Rules

A travel blog entry by erikabowman

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Some of you have asked me, "So Erika, what is it like to live in a monastery?" The answer is this: It is like being the only girl in an all boys' school. The only difference is that in an all boys school the boys are always talking about girls, ...

MultiKulti: Buddhisten, Hindus, Jains und Hippies, Ajanta-Hampi-Mundgod-Hubli-Halebid-Sravanabelagola, India travel blog

MultiKulti: Buddhisten, Hindus, Jains und Hippies

A travel blog entry by juttachris

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