A Buddhist Sunday – Nālandā

Nālandā (नालन्दा) was a huge Buddhist Monastery complex (a mahāvihāra) in what is now Bihar, India. It was also known as a centre of learning and is by some historians called a university. It predates European universities like Oxford by at least 500 years. Nālandā attracted people from all over India, Nepal, Tibet, China and even as…

A Buddhist Sunday – The Tiger’s Nest (སྟག་ཚང་)

In 2010 I had the opportunity to visit Bhutan. Like every other visitor we visited the Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest (སྟག་ཚང་) near Paro (སྤ་རོ་). The monastery sits precariously on the side of a cliff at an altitude of 3,120 meters, 900 meters above the valley. You cannot reach the monastery by car, so it is…

Tam Bao Son – Vietnamese Buddhist Monastery

At a two hours drive from Montréal, close to Mont Tremblant National Park you will find the lovely Vietnamese Buddhist Monastery Tam Bao Son. The monastic complex covers a huge stretch of land with a temple and, spread around, several devotional sites with statues in every conceivable colour. There are several statues of the female…

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…