A Buddhist Sunday – Chusya Bahal

Chusya Bahal is a Buddhist temple not too far from the busy tourist area of Kathmandu (around the corner from Chhetrapati Chowk), but once inside the inner courtyard you enter in an oasis of peace and tranquility. The entrance is guarded by two formidable lions and Prajñāpāramitā (Prajña: Wisdom and Pāramitā: Perfection) is displayed above the…

A Buddhist Sunday – Boudhanath Stūpa (बौद्धनाथ) or

About 10 kilometers east of Kathmandu city centre you will find Boudhanath  (Baudhanātha) Stūpa. It is said the stūpa contains the remains of the third Buddha Kāśyapa, the predecessor to Śākyamuni Buddha who is said to be the fourth Buddha and the Buddha of our time. According to legend, after the demise of the third Buddha his…

2014 – Twelve months in Pictures

2014 has come and gone, and now we are at the start of 2015. It has been quite some year. We have found ourselves in different countries, cities and continents. We’ve been to Boppard (Germany), Bristol (UK) and Brighton (UK). We’ve spent time in Kathmandu (Nepal) and Montreal (Canada). We’ve seen the German Alps, the…

Summer rain and winter depression

Summer rain feels different where ever you go. In Thailand the rain cools down and the water alleviates the sensation of the sunburn and as long as the rain doesn’t go hand in hand with thunder, it is an excellent time to go to the beach and have a swim. The beach will be deserted…

Homesick, or maybe something else

The sun is shining and it is nice and warm. The birds are singing and the flowers are in bloom. It’s good to be home, yet my mind seems to be elsewhere… Is it still called homesickness if you long for some place else? My mind keeps wandering of to Kathmandu, which we called home…