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... and another leader that is not of a specific sect. The third major Buddhist leader disappeared as a 5 year old. It is feared that he was abducted by the Chinese. There was a large and very elaborate stupa, or chorten, that held the ashes of the founder. It was enclosed in an special area that we did not enter. Photographs are not permitted in the meditation halls. There was also an institute of Tibetan Buddhist in the complex as well as living ...
... br> The peace pagoda's appearance, according to the lotus sutra (a sacred scripture of budhism) is an embodiment of Lord Buddha that radiates peace and non-violence. It purifies the land as well as the mind and soul of the people. The Peace Pagoda showcases four avatars of Buddha. They exhibit Buddha's postures such as sitting, sleeping, standing and meditating. You can see most of them in the pictures added.
After our interesting, spiritual ...
... by jeeps up and up some very narrow winding roads it took most of the day to reach Darjeeling which straddles a ridge 2200m up in the Himalayas and is 600km from Kolkata. Darjeeling in its hay day was very much a holiday resort town when the British were here. It still is to some degree as well as a major tea-growing centre where the famous Darjeeling tea is grown. I did try my fair share of the tea while I was here but I have to say I found it very weak. ...
... we ordered momos... Lots of them. Yum. A momo is basically a Tibetan dumpling, steamed or fried. We gnoshed on them and they were super good, despite watching a cockroach climb the wall and being served on dirty dishes. When we were finished we headed out for a little shopping and Charlene bought some stuff. Then we all headed back to the hotel to chill out, being as we were pretty tired and I have been fighting off a cold. We had a laugh along the way because we saw a ...
... 8217;t very happy but soldiered on through it anyway. It was tough going though, even my knees were feeling strained, and we were delighted to finally arrive at the lunch stop.
Stopping is a false friend though – even after just ten minutes rest you stiffen up and anything that was hurting feels worse – Leanne’s knee, Ciara had pulled her Achilles (didn’t stop her powering along though!) and my poor excuse was blisters. ...