Banoi Reserved Forest

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  • Day272

    Where the Dalai Lama lives

    May 28, 2018 in India

    We didn’t get the chance to see the Dalai Lama in person (which became quite difficult since his popularity has reached incredible dimensions), but he's omnipresent in McLeod Ganj anyway. Photos of him and his sayings, his texts, his books are everywhere, in any shape or size, in his temple, in the countless restaurants, cafés, shops, guesthouses and hotels.

    Most of the people living here are Tibetan refugees who worship their spiritual leader. They benefit from the booming tourism, enjoy the peace and freedom of this place, always smiling. But when they tell their moving stories about their escape from Tibet, we can feel that they miss their country, their home.

    While Silke was finishing her Vipassana, Hauke helped out at a local environmental project, supporting Tibetan women in a paper recycling factory, all handicraft, and definitely a great experience with the cheerful women.

    Otherwise, we recharged our cycling batteries with delicious food, even some Italian, and prepared ourselves for the upcoming weeks. After all, we still had grand plans for the last weeks of our journey...
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  • Day311

    Herzmenschen und ne Kuh

    May 26, 2018 in India ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Ich konnte mir nicht vorstellen einen Ort noch mehr zu mögen als Rishikesh, aber das Hippiedorf Dharamkot, mitten in den Himalayas, bietet mir nicht nur wegen seiner Lage und den autofreien Wegen mehr.

    Genau wie in Rishikesh gibt es hier viel Spiritualität und offene Herzmenschen. Darüber hinaus quillt der ganze Ort aber auch über von Kursen & Workshops. Und ist grad kein passender dabei, so kommt man bei einem Kaffee sicherlich mit jemandem ins Gespräch, der einem das ein oder andere beibringen kann.

    So lernte ich ein wenig Poi, Djembe Drum, Kundalini Yoga und Osho Meditation. Leider muss ich weiter ziehen, aber ich komme ganz sicher zurück!
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  • Day116

    Tushita, Dharamshala [10 Day Retreat]

    September 30, 2015 in India ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Among the things I have been doing that I never really expected I would do, a 10-day silent meditation retreat is the headliner. Tushita is a world-reknown centre of Buddhist education and has housed some of the most prominent of Buddhist philosophers and laypeople alike. I could ramble on about the logical foundation of the Buddhist's view of the human mind, but I'll spare you all. Never close your mind to learning a new philosophy, it may just be the one that works for you!Read more

  • Day100

    One Hundred Days (from Dharamsala)

    September 14, 2015 in India ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    One Hundred Days of being sick, of being well, of being scammed, of being compassionately and selflessly helped, of being lost, and of being not found but slightly less lost. The amorphous Indian culture, constantly displaying and withdrawing into itself, provides flashes of brilliance and instills unequivocal disillusionment in its beholder. For transient moments one catches a hint, a slight trace, of its essense, only later to be led astray by the darker aspects of an, at times, fractious cultural heterogeneity. The Brahman, the Buddhist, the Catholic, and the Moslem meet at the confluence of the Ganges and the unidentifiable Indian spirit that defies geopolitical definition. Then, what is the Indian identity? Perhaps it is that constant and everpresent struggle to be both spiritually and economically virtuous against a myriad cultural backdrop that precludes unanimity of opinion and resists social reform. Or, perhaps the true Indian identity resides in that momentary state of intrigue and unity that precedes the inevitable confusion of values. The future of the nation surely involves religious revivals and secular struggles, but one thing is certain: its human form will continue to be fluid, unparalleled, constantly changing yet anchored in tradition, and purely, undeniably Indian -- whatever that presently signifies.Read more

  • Day117

    McLeod Ganj, India

    October 1, 2015 in India ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    The highlight of my final night in McLeod was undoubtedly the public debate-training of junior monks at the Dalai Lama Temple. The ferocity with which they approach both religious and secular ethics and the tenacity of their mannerisms underscores the importance that logic and reason play in shaping Buddhist philosophy. It's methodology of attaining mental stability cannot be explained as anything but scientific and it continues to permeate western cognitive therapy. It's incredible to me that some of the most oppressed people in the world, the Tibetans, can fervently stay even-minded in the face of their conditions. Their belief system advocates understanding over condemnation, patience over jumping to unfounded conclusions, and compassion over division. I hope someday that history and philosophy classes will no longer focus merely on the musings of Plato and Descartes, but evolve to be a true history of the world and present the logical validity of its other hemisphere... The shrinking of judeo-christian faiths and the growth of the self-help-and-compassion-oriented Mahayana Buddhism is no surprise, and although I doubt I will ever formally declare myself a Buddhist, the value it holds will only strengthen with scientific and neuropsychological progress.Read more

  • Day98

    McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh

    September 12, 2015 in India ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Just saw HH the Dalai Lama. He waved at me (and the rest of the small crowd at the Temple outside his home). 🎋🎉🎊

    The complex in which he lives for most of the year includes a temple and many meditation platforms. It was oddly modern yet necessarily simple, with local Tibetans, Buddhist pilgrims, and world travellers alike enjoying its warmth of spirit. I did not take many photos because of the sanctity and spiritual value vested in the complex and His Holiness.Read more

  • Day5

    Dalai Lama Temple

    October 7, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Here is where the Dalai Lama calls home since leaving Tibet after the Chinese takeover. Unfortunately, His Holiness was not around at the time I was there.
    The first two are in the main temple. Then some of the prayer wheels. 4th looks on the door where picture taking is not allowed inside. The yellow you can see in the center is the Dalai Lama's throne/ teaching seat. The last picture is of some of the young monks debating Buddhist teachings, history, writings, etc.Read more

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