A Glimpse into Nepal’s Deep Holiness

10 May 2009 - 3:05am Comments Off

Connie is a very, very new friend of Kechara House. In fact, this was her first encounter with Kechara House and its members! As a resident of Kuching, it isn’t convenient for her to visit the centre and participate regularly in our activities, but she is an avid supporter of kechara.com, which is how she first came into contact with us. Through continued correspondence with Liaison Susan, she learnt more and more about the centre and Dharma, and soon, was on the plane with us to Nepal!

The day I received Susan’s sms about the pilgrimage trip, I felt extremely excited. I had already been planning to go to Kathmandu for a retreat since last year but there were always obstacles, self made I would say.This time around no matter what obstacles arose, I would rid them as best as I could. I was ready to embark on this mysterious spiritual journey with my new found friends from Kechara House.

Bidding farewell to my family I left for Kuala Lumpur from Kuching, all geared up for the excitement ahead, especially meeting H.E. Tsem Rinpoche in person for the first time… the Guru I had been searching for.

It was 4am and we were all gathering at the check-in counter at the airport, all unfamiliar faces except for a few. The group looked interesting as there were 60 different personalities with a common interest…I was eager to meet Rinpoche but he was nowhere to be seen.

As we boarded the aircraft, there were still no signs of Rinpoche…but at last after everyone boarded, there he was walking past my seat, more majestic than I’d imagined….my first glimpse of him. Hello!

Upon arrival, we were swiftly transported to our very authentic hotel with a beautiful courtyard. Thanks go to Paul, Ruby and the team who worked so hard to organise a beautiful trip for us despite the chaotic environment.

Our trips to Tara and Vajrayogini holy shrines were very interesting especially the self-arising Tara Chapel at Parphing and the 480-step climb in total darkness to visit the Vajrayogini Chapel at Sangkhu Monastery. The efforts made by the group, especially our elderly friends, to climb all the way up to the top was amazing.But it was worth the effort!

The next day we went to Tilopa and Naropa’s caves and even though we arrived when it was dark, I could feel the beautiful energy of the place with the sound of the flowing river in the crisp cool night.

The other mesmerising and breathtaking holy sites were Boudhanath and Swayambunath stupas. I loved the majestic-looking stupa of Boudanath and Manjushri’s teaching seat where he gives teachings to the devas. The place was divine. I felt that when we were there making offerings and prayers, the devas were all around us listening to our prayers too.

Finally, on the fifth day, the pilgrimage tour came to an end and I felt sad to leave Kathmandu and also all the friends that I met during the tour. It was a very fulfilling trip for me and throughout the trip I was very happy. Now that I am back in my mundane world, I hope to be able to practise the dharma without any obstacles.

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