The Buddha said:
This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds
To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky,
Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.


What the caterpillar perceives as the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning.

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

India, Day 4 - New Year

Tuesday, 1st January 2008

New year, new life! I woke up early, walked out of the room, and felt strangely fascinated by Nechung Monastery, right behind my room, also on its final stages of construction, receiving its final touches before the Dalai lama's arrival.

Marc, from South Africa, was at the roof top capturing the sun rise.

After breakfast, some people gathered spontaneously on the long balcony right outside their rooms. From the distance, they appeared to be engaging in Tibetan style Buddhist debate! I think Geshe Thinley was telling Alan the object of meditation to realise emptiness.

We then visited 21 year old Kenshur Rinpoche, believed to be the living reincarnation of Geshe Damcho's late teacher. 

We walked together to Rinpoche's house, also at Camp 2. Someone welcomed us in, accompanied us to a room on the first floor, and told us to sit and wait until called. Wanting to capture the architecture around me, I took a couple of pictures from the window of Rinpoche's house.

After the visit, the group dispersed, and Alan and I decided to check the 'market' on the main road.

It was much smaller than the one on Camp 3. With only one small stall of clothes, it consisted mainly of fruit and vegetables. We had been advised to not eat anything outside Gyakham Khangtsen, so

we headed off towards Dre Loling Book Shop, which was surprisingly well stocked, although the majority of the books were in Tibetan.

Finally, we decided to walk back to Gyakham Khangtsen, where we spent quite a while sitting on the balcony chatting about this and that.
Visited Kenshur Tulku (the reincarnation of Kenshur Rinpoche). Pema Gyaltsen Rinpoche. Called at cyber cafe. Emailed Mary. Spent a lot of time talking to P. She asked me to chose a colour for her dress. I was touched by her involving me. Kenshur Rinpoche is 21 yrs old, in eighth year of study. He has a great luminosity. Choenzey is still with him. 
Received some mosquito bites. Could not practice tai chi. John and I discussed what is the object of focus for realizing emptiness. Discussed self and other. John referred to Lamrim Chenmo and example of yellow and blue. If self and other were like yellow and blue then distinct and separate. Fixed. Margaret has Dalai Lama's Universe in a Single Atom. I said I would send her details of Damasio's book. Geshe Thinley explained object of meditation to realise emptiness. [from Alan's travel diary]

Continues here.

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