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Our arrival into McLeod Ganj (a high suburb of Dharamsala) was not glamorous. We kind of fell off the bus at 6:30am looking like we felt. Like we had been sitting on an uncomfortable bus all night we very little sleep at all, having been thrown left, right, up and down for the whole trip through the night.
It was raining as well so it was …
... do walking meditation around the three stupas near the center.
After that we would have lunch, do our karma yoga jobs, and have a bit of free time which we would spend eating snacks in the sun. To keep our sanity most of the people discussed what we'd been learning in discussion groups. Those who chose to keep the silence would sit altogether and think about the previous lessons.
We would then have another two hour lesson in which we would talk about ...
This piece is more of a ‘wish to share’ something that really struck me yesterday rather than the usual blog. A convo probably suitable over a cup of tea, but since it might be a while until I'm in Malta, I'm channelling this one on here :)
I recently visited Dharamsala, and attended 'bodysatva' teachings given by His Holiness, The Dalai Lama at his temple in McLeod Gang. The teachings where about practicing love and compassion towards our brothers ...
... to during the first week who grew up in W. Mass, went to college at Amherst and attended Earthdance when it was just starting up 27 years ago or so and she’s now a Buddhist teacher. She’s also wanting to come back to visit Mass. so hopefully she can come stay with me and we can do more collaboration together on this possible dance project and we are also hoping to bring in a secular ethics element into. Pretty synchronistic!
... taken down for cleaning. The difference between this and other temples we have seen couldn't be more dramatic. It's like we're in the Vatican of Buddhism. I wonder what Dharamsala will be like tomorrow? Next we drive to a small Tibetan craft village named Tashi Jong. It has signs proudly proclaming that it is the first smoke-free village in Himachal Pradesh, and there are photos of the villagers burning ...