Wishing you all very Buddhist Valentine!

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As a special treat for this Full Moon Day/Valentine’s Day, a few friends and I made a trip out to Bylakuppe, a Tibbetian community about 80 kilometers west of Mysore, India. Established in the 1960s for Tibbetian expatriats, this community ihas grown to approximately 20,000 inhabitants today. Specifically, we enjoyed a very peaceful afternoon at the Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery, the world’s largest teaching center of Nyingmapa – a lineage of Tibetan Buddhism – and home to over 5,000 lamas (monks and nuns) as well as the “Padmasambhava Buddhist Vihara” (also known as the “Golden Temple”).

A call to prayer

A calm and peaceful aura envelopes the room as the monks chant

Prayer wheels surround the monestary

Buddha through the beads

An elderly nun strolls the gardens

Buddha Shakyamuni flanked by Guru Padmasambhava and Buddha Amitayus

Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism

My first occasion to walk around on clean grass since I arrived in India

Ultimately, we sat down in a quiet grass filled courtyard for a picnic and to watch the clouds go by…

Relaxed and happy after spending a day away from the typical chaos of India

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One response »

  1. A very happy valentine to you and friends. It sure looks like a nice place. Pix are very good. You have not loss your eye and touch. I am sure your so disappointed missing all this snow ha!

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