Kathmandu

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The Dishwasher's Tears

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Kathmandu.

The very word feels exotic in the mouth. Kathmandu. You know you’re someplace else when you’re in Kathmandu. Not in Kansas anymore.

It’s true.

I got off the plane in Guangzhou after fifteen hours of flight time feeling groggy and disoriented. I met up with Rosh and Christine on the flight so we hung out together in the airport while we waited for the flight into Kathmandu. We tried to get wi-fi, I remember, and at some point the tiny coffee shop opened next to the baggage claim and they were selling coffee for eight bucks a cup. Some kind of hot-shit Jamaican brand? The guy I sat next to on the flight bought a cup. He was a doctor, going to Kathmandu as part of a Christian missionary program to treat the kids working in a brick factory. Treat them and bring them bibles, the word of…

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Notes from A Pilgrimage

Hi folks,

Enjoy this post on pilgrimage by one of our friends and dharma sibling from the SLO Bodhi Path center! 🙂

The Dishwasher's Tears

I’m back from my pilgrimage to Nepal and India, and I want to start writing down some of my experiences so you can have an idea of what it was like. Of course I feel very intimidated by the task- the trip was so powerful and had such a profound impact on me that I’m afraid any attempt to capture it is doomed to failure. But I will try.

I arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Feb. 12th, two days before the pilgrimage had its official start. Lots of us arrived in dribs and drabs in the week leading up to the pilgrimage- it’s a long and difficult flight and there are a lot of opportunities for missed connections and lost luggage, and no one wanted to show up for the first morning directly after thirty hours in the air. So, a day or two early was good.

For me the…

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Mind the Gap

Milarepa Eastern Tibet 1800 - 1899 Kagyu Lineage - Courtesy www.himalayanart.com

“In the gap between two thoughts,
Thought-free wakefulness manifests unceasingly.”
— Milarepa

Today is the Anniversary of Milarepa, the great Buddhist sage and teacher who lived from 1052-1036 A.D. Milarepa Day occurs annually on the first full moon of the Tibetan New Year. Milarepa overcame the transgressions of his youth to achieve enlightenment and liberation in a single lifetime, a superhuman achievement by Buddhist standards. He was known as “The Great Teacher,” and during his life spontaneously created songs expressing true spiritual understanding, insight, devotion and beauty. Those songs were captured in a book entitled “The Rain of Wisdom,” one of the most famous books in Tibetan literature. On Milarepa Day, his life is celebrated by reciting his wisdom songs as a means of conveying his teachings.

Milarepa was nefarious when he was young, using sorcery to commit evil deeds. He dropped bad karma bombs all over the place, but had enough of a conscience to be remorseful. So he set out to correct his ways, and eventually found contentment, enlightenment and liberation in the course of one lifetime – meaning there is hope for everyone.

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