Thursday, 15 July 2010

Pilgrimage to Bodha, Kathmandu

In 2007—with my husband Ngakpa 'ö-Dzin— I visited Kathmandu in Nepal.  The primary purpose of the visit was to meet Kyabjé Künzang Dorje Rinpoche and Jomo Sam'phel Déchen – the root teachers of our root teachers, Ngak'chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen.

It was most inspiring to meet the elderly Tibetan Lamas who have been practitioners all their life and are highly regarded for their presence and realisation.  It was also inspiring to be with my own Lama in the presence of his Lama, and feel the great affection and respect between them.  There are many wonderful pictures of Kyabjé Künzang Dorje Rinpoche and Jomo Sam'phel Déchen on the Aro Encyclopædia website.

There were many opportunities during our two weeks in Kathmandu to purchase practice items and artefacts, as well as clothing.  Here we are pictured wearing Tibetan costume.

In 2009 we pilgrimaged to Nepal again and this time were able to take our sons with us to meet Kyabjé Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche and Jomo Sam'phel.  Here they are with Naljorpa Barché Dorje photographed on the roof of our hotel as the sun was setting.  It was wonderful being on the roof at this time of day when the sky was clear enough to see the Himalayas.  The sunset would turn the snow-topped mountain peaks pink and luminous.

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