Gyälten Sangpo - རྒྱལ་བསྟན་བཟང་བོ།

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Gyälten Sangpo - རྒྱལ་བསྟན་བཟང་བོ།

Tibetan Buddhist Monk in the Tibetan Gelug tradition.



Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi January 22nd 2012

I write from Delhi on this holiday, Friendship Day Sunday 5. August 2012 as I prepare to depart India for a while in two days. These was an unpublished post from late January near the end of the Kalachakra initiation HH Dalai Lama presided over in Bodhgaya, then my brief healing sojourn back in New Delhi before heading south to Karnataka State and my monastery Sera Je. I caught the famous Bodhgaya cough from the fact they burn EVERYTHING 24-7. The worst was the actual coal stolen from empty coal train cars street vendors would use to cook with! I took a long, indefinite hiatus from maintaining this blog due to internet restraints, and deferred interest once I started taking everything for granted and transitioned from traveler to resident.... read more
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Asia » India » Bihar » Bodh Gaya December 31st 2011

I've been back in New Delhi for the past week after three weeks in Bodhgaya. For non-Buddhist readers, Bodhgaya is in Bihar State, which is in central northeastern India, near Nepal. Bodhgaya is like the Mecca or Jerusalem of Buddhism, as it is the location where Shakyamuni Buddha, the forth Buddha of this world system attained enlightenment 2500 years ago beneath the bodhi tree. We are currently under his teachings, until the manifestation of the next Buddha, his disciple Maitreya, the Buddha of Loving Kindness. I was in Bodhgaya for teachings with His Holiness The Dalai Lama. I arrived Christmas Eve after two days of train travel from Dharamsala in North India. The journey was exhausting. My Tibetan travel agent could only route me to Gaya proper via Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, a city I wanted ... read more
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Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Mcleod Ganj December 26th 2011

Spent the last week in McLeod Ganj, Upper Dharamsala. McLeod Ganj was a mountain station during the British Raj, named after the assistant governor of neighboring Punjab state. Teachings with His Holiness were amazing, but for security purposes no camera allowed. I spent last Sunday composing an update here, only to have it vapourize into cyberspace upon saving. I'm in Bodhgaya now, and just wanted to post something here while I had the chance, and the few photos I was able to take there. I posted explanitive comment on some of them rather than elaborate in this blog post due to shortness of time. Further posts may not occur until after the 10. January when the Kalachakra teachings conclude.... read more
Himalayas!
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Asia » India » Himachal Pradesh » Mcleod Ganj December 15th 2011

I arrived in McLeod Ganj at twighlight this morning. Made it in under 12 hours (and seemed less). Pulling into Dharamsala at night with the lights and the moon was fantastic. I arrived at the bus terminal up the road in McLeod Ganj, the largely Tibetan settlement of Dharamsala and was just mobbed by would-be "friends" and wanna-be porters. "My friend, my friend." Yeah, I'm your "friend" if I give you my rupees. Not. I'm glad I made it as there was a little bit of a fiasco concerningmy bus ticket yesterday. After checking out of my room, I queried about my ticket. The Tibetan morning hostes showed my I was ticketed for yesterday the 13th. I was in a dilema. I'd already checked out of my room, and the hotel was full (my room spoken ... read more
Twighlight in Dharamsala
Himalayas!
Two Himalayan peaks

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi » Dwarka December 10th 2011

Today was interesting. They close everything down at 10PM here in the Tibetan colony. When I awoke, there were a couple of public announcements over the intercom in the street, one in Hindi then one in Tibetan. Everything was closed, and the gate in our building remained closed. I quickly learned it was an unofficial holiday commemorating the 22nd anniversary of His Holiness The Dalai Lama receiving the Nobel Piece Prize in 1998. There wasn't much to do, and I wasn't terribly adventurous to venture into New Delhi proper. There was no internet connectivity today in the building either. Fortunately, I'm able to tether my iPhone as a modem to my Macbook and iPad, so I had some connectivity. I found my way up to the roof and enjoyed a wonderful panoramic view of the Yamuna ... read more
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Yamuna River

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi December 9th 2011

Friday was a casual day, just hung about at Manju Ka Tila. Felt fatigue from jet lag or time zone disparity (being 12.5 hours ahead of my system), so I took a nap then wondered about. The Tibetan settlement colony is back off the road, and isolated somewhat from the noise. Vehicle honking though is ubiquitous. They love their horns here. The skill of driving here is very impressive. I mean they don't think of terms of lanes, but more three dimensionally. I couldn't drive here with the controlled chaos. Interestingly, there's quite variety of multi-phonic horns that rival mobile phone ring tones. That prompted a business idea, development of a wider range of them. I sleep soundly here, and it may be exhaustion and jet lag. I was surprised by the amount of traffic that ... read more
The other cafe
New Room
New Room

Asia » India » National Capital Territory » New Delhi December 8th 2011

I got back to my room around 5 this afternoon, and laid down to watch a cricket match on TV and dozed off. I woke up now 2.5 hours later, thought I'd only crash out for 20 minutes. My hotel is fantastic, they own other business including two FANTASTIC cafes here in the same building. I met a wonderful Tibetan merchant today, the first guy I met when I ventured out. He had me in his shop for tea, and gave me a Tibetan astrological reading. But he told me that I should go through the hotel staff for all my needs because they'll bend over backwards for me. I was going to take a NICE luxury state operated Volvo bus to Dharamsala next week. This guy said no, take one of the Tibetan operators private ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan December 6th 2011

The overnight flight on Italian Alitalia airlines from New York was fantastic! A welcome antidote to the cramped Delta code-sharing frlight from Denver earlier. I spilt coffee on myself during turbulance, then on the poor guy in front of me when I got up to let the two ladies next to me out for their potty break. He was mad at first, but delt with it gracefully and got over it fast once he saw I was a monk. The Alitalia flight crew were great, especially the stewards. Not having spoken Italian in so long, I was suprised how easily it came back to me. However, I kept slipping into Portuguese but they understood. They were very intrigued I was a Tibetan Buddhist monk. They and the women flight attendants were very accomidating. I mean I ... read more
Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy




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