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We got to spend the rest of our last evening in Dharamsala enjoying our home stay and being thankful for all of the experiences we got to live in India.
We are right now about to head out to Dehli which means it's our last night train in India! It's going to be hard saying goodbye to such a great country full of awesome memories, but we are all pretty excited about the following weeks in Thailand.
Sofia, Kevin, and Nate
... and how, as Tibetians we have great gratitude towards them and no anger or hatred. Observing the thousands of Tibetian people in the temple, who have each lost their homes and loved ones in the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950’s, bowing their heads in agreement as His Holiness spoke more about true compassion.
During a small part of the teachings, The Dalai Lama spoke of ‘The Panchen Lama’ and prayed for his freedom and safety. Unaware of who ...
Where does one start; well first off sorry for leaving you hanging for the past month, but man was it a busy one. A month intensive course of yoga in the mountains was certainly intense alright. Twelve to fourteen hour days (5-7 of those on a mat, 3-4 hours sitting cross legged in our hall for lessons, 1.5-2 hours of meditation, and then the rest of self practice or study) have certainly taken a toll on my body, but part of me already misses it. So as ...
... and the frequent Buddhist "re-education" courses that Tibetans are forced to take to purge them of their loyalty to the Dalai Lama and in their belief that Tibet is a different country. It left us feeling depressed and powerless. It's been 64 years since China first invaded Tibet and China is clearly a lot stronger now than they were half a century ago. But at the same time felt buoyed by the Tibetans' optimism for the future and their unrelenting hope that they will be able to return ...
We followed their path, beginning in Delhi in a 1st class regular train (breakfast lasted two of the four hour train trip); then transferring to one of the few toy trains still operating to arrive in Shimla 6 hours later. Spectacular scenery! We explored Shimla the next day, visiting the Viceroy's summer cottage (picture), reminiscent of Newport cottages, and then traveled on by a mountainous, winding road to Manali (a 6 hour, 160 mile ...