Tag Archives: Buddhism

arriving in Varanasi

August 25, 2010 Dear Mum, Dad, Mandla, Nicki and Shawnrey, How do you five like to be the folks that I send off my brief note about arriving in Varanasi?  How are you all?  J and I had a bit … Continue reading

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Orissa: photographs (Dhaulagiri and Bhubaneswor)

These are more photographs from Orissa, specifically from Dhaulagiri and Bhubaneshwor

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Koetchapari Lake

August 2010 Jon and I relatively quickly took our leave from Pelling, taking another jeep a couple of hours to Koetchapari Lake.  We had had a friend on our study abroad trip who had done her Independent Study Project here, … Continue reading

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More on Vipassana

August 5, 2010 I am supposed to be meditating.  but so many thoughts run through my mind.  My mouth is silent, but my mind, well, my mind is not so easy to silence.  It will take more than simple determination.  … Continue reading

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Silence of the mouth and chatter of the mind – Vipassana Notes

August 1, 2010 Dear all, I am out of Vipassana.  It has been a week now.  Exactly, since the end of Vipassana.  There is so much to say.  So many things I thought of as I sat, my mouth silent … Continue reading

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Post-Vipassana notes

Late July, 2010 Dear mum and dad Hi!  I have so much to share with you.  I spent ten hard days of hard work: 4:00 am wake-up and 9;00 pm to bed with 10 hours of meditation in between, meals, … Continue reading

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Embarking: a pilgrimage of sorts

07.13.10 Dear All, Hi from Kathmandu – a gray day, the air heavy with moisture.  Perhaps the rain will fall this afternoon, as it has done the past few days. The monsoon should have begun about two weeks ago, but … Continue reading

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Grand Plans and People

April 5, 2008 A familiar Nepali song whose words I can’t quite catch croons in the background as I sit and pound at the computer keyboard.  The internet cafe I’m in is tucked under a building at the bottom of … Continue reading

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Swayambunath

Located on a hilltop overlooking Kathmandu city, Swayambunath is one of Kathmandu’s two main stuppas.  It holds ancient Buddhist relics and is a place of worship, pilgrimage and of course tourists for Nepalis and foreigners, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.  These … Continue reading

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