To Enlightenment and Beyond

10 May 2009 - 2:57am Comments Off

Nepal takes you by a dusty storm. The chaos, the dirt and the poverty is immense and overwhelming, but so too are the joyous faces you see everywhere and the pervasive spiritual air. 60 tired, bedraggled pilgrims from Malaysia landed in Kathmandu in the wee hours of the morning, checked into a Kathmandu hotel and set off on a spiritual adventure of a lifetime, with many blessings and Dharma teachings from H.E. Tsem Rinpoche.

Over the next five days, we would visit some of the most renowned pilgrimage sites of Nepal like the impressive, breathtaking Boudhanath stupa and the magical Swayambunath stupa. We would also have the incredible privilege to visit many small but incredibly holy little Vajrayogini and Tara chapels, found only off the beaten track.

At each place, Rinpoche led us through the aspirations and meditations we should generate and recited prayers with every one of us individually. All 60 of us had the chance to receive immense blessings and to have audience with some of Nepal’s oldest, most sacred images.

And always, Rinpoche reminded us that what we were doing back home – with Kechara House and with all Dharma projects in Malaysia – was to create precisely this same magical spiritual world. If it was possible in Nepal, it would be possible anywhere else in the world. After five days in the presence of the most energised places of Kathmandu, we couldn’t help but be inspired enough to want to bring it all back to the crazy city of KL. We’re back now, and we’re all starting new chapters to make Dharma not just a practice, but a way of life – just as it is for all those joyous faces of Kathmandu.

Many pilgrims have contributed articles about their experiences during the pilgrimage. Click on the links below to read all the wonderful stories.

An Overview

A Deeply Personal Experience by Lin Lee

A Different Sort of Tour by Lim Chew Yin

A Glimpse into Nepal’s Deep Holiness by Connie Yeo

A Journey to the Heart of Vajrayogini by Lim Han Nee

Creating the Causes for Enlightenment by Roland Yap

Feelings from Nepal by Bill Keith

“Meeting” The Universal Queen by Joan Foo Mahony

Overcoming Obstacles by Tan Mee Cheng

Replacing an Empty Mind with an Open Mind by Cheri Woo

Short Impressions of Kathmandu by Roland Lee

Steven Chew (Chinese)

The Smiling Faces of Nepal by Adrian Wee


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