Pilgrimage to Bhutan
March 12, 2020
Buddha Nature and Tonglen
February 28, 2024
Pilgrimage to Bhutan
March 12, 2020
Buddha Nature and Tonglen
February 28, 2024
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Pilgrimage

This journey we are undertaking together is a pilgrimage i spiritual practice, in which, we turn all of our spiritual aspirations to visiting sacred places and connecting with the energy there. We share Joyful companionship, and the beauty of nature and the beauty of architecture and the amazing presence of the temples, and the lovely people. The temples have been undisturbed from whenever they were built- up to 15 centuries ago when Buddhism was first brought to Bhutan. Being together and doing meditation at some of the temples, sacred sites the Guru Rinpoche, Milarepa, Yeshe Tsogyal, Machig Lhadron, Longchenpa, and many many others including my teacher KR and Dilgo K, have meditated at. As we meditate and do a few prayers together in some of the temples. If any spouses are with us, they are welcome to join or to take a walk.

Then there are the Bhutanese people. They are quite amazing…being in a place where Vajrayana has been practiced for the last 15 + centuries it is really interesting to see what kind of people this has produced. Royal family- many of whom have been bodhisattvas- against the people’s wishes they finally turned it into a democracy which has not been as good as the beneficent monarchy was, but the Royal Family felt that the people needed to learn to govern themselves and come into the 21rst century.

We understand all circumstances to be what we are working with in terms of developing loving kindness, compassion, patience, equanimity and wisdom. In this way we turn all experience to the path. The practice and is to understand that what we perceive is both our own mind and its karmic display, and the guru’s awakened mind teaching us.
Challenges and difficulties that arise need to be viewed in this way. We can note our ego reactions, but not act them out. This, of course is practice as well. Then pilgrimage liberates karma and blessing and transmission can occur.

Everything on the journey is part of the spiritual path. Difficulties around circumstances or interpersonal relationships, stuff coming up inside, all of it we turn to the path of liberation and awakening.

Spouses of spiritual practitioners are welcome and it has always worked out well.

My personal experience…