Hello from Dharamsala!
We have safely arrived in the holy land of Lord Buddha, India. In Delhi we had the good fortune to practise and pray in front of the relics of the Buddha in the National Museum. A wonderful start of our adventure which, we pray, will result in receiving ordination with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Relics of the Lord Buddha
After two nights in Rigpa House in Delhi we took a small plane to Kangra Airport, a 45 minutes drive from Dharamsala. It went very smooth and we enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the snow mountains. It supposed to be winter now here, but instead we experience a lovely mild spring, with many flowers already blossoming. It seems that the Namgyal Monastery practises to get snow, because otherwise there will be a water shortage in the summertime.
Spring flowers and 'mani stones' on the circumambulation trail around His Holiness the Dalai Lama's residence in Dharamsala
Upon arrival in Dharamsala we picked up our newly made monastic robes. That evening, under a full moon, we circumbulated the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In the days that followed we undertook the last preparations before entering the pre-ordination course at Tushita. We had the good fortune to mee His Holiness the 17th Karmapa at his Monastery, as well the new monastery of Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche, where we were welcomed by a beautiful and kind western monk.
In those few days we have witnessed many acts of kindness from many different people. We were often touched by the generosity of many. One time we forgot our camera in a taxi, and before we even knew about it, the taxi driver had been looking for us in order to return our camera. Or the lunch we were offered at the monastery of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, or even the tea and cake with Tashi-la, His Holiness Dalai Lama's chöpon.
Today, we will make our way to Tushita. We have been looking very much forward to this moment. It might even be a cold turkey for us...especially after all the shopping and business of the last few days...It is a joy to already see many western monastics here on the street. There is already a certain joy tangible for all that is to come. We feel very much the blessings of Sogyal Rinpoche, our master, and all the Buddhas, so clearly present and guiding us each and every moment.
(soon, we'll all be wearing skirts!)
We won't be able to have contact during our course with the world through phone or email. Something which is a relieve for the moment.
Please, enjoy and some photos of our journey till so far and also get a sense of our experience.
with much love
Marion, Francois and Tenpa