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A Buddhist Sunday – Sankhu Vajrayoginī temple

In the area near Sankhu according to legend there used to be a huge lake where Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and great masters came to meditate. Sankhu was also the home of Śakya Demma. Unwanted and discarded by her family she had to fend for herself in the wild with the monkeys in the jungle. Still…

Nepal earthquake 

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Patrick de Vries (@schererdevries) Last month we visited Kathmandu, as we have done several times before. I have the blue and yellow visa stickers in my passport to proof it. Then Saturday the devastating news reached us. Nepal was hit by an earthquake of 7.9 on…

A Buddhist Sunday – A bit of Compassion

There are many different Buddha aspects and bodhisattvas, but none so famous as Avalokiteśvara (or Chenrezig སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས་ in Tibetan). He (or she – Guānyīn in Chinese Buddhism) embodies enlightened compassion. In his most popular form he appears with four arms showing that compassion has four aspects: loving kindness as an attitude towards all sentient beings;…