On November 14th, it will be be the first day of my silent mediation at the Kopan Monastery. I made the decision in September to quit my job, sublease my apartment and not return after my vacation in Spain. It was a difficult decision, but it was something I had to do. For 30 days I will be without technology, as well as, numerous other restrictions that I might take for granted.
Before my flight to Kathmandu, I had the pleasure of travelling to Spain, Ireland, Norway, Armenia and flying to the UAE(Dubai) for a two day layover. However, my main purpose was to utilize the time to prepare for this month of silence and spiritually, by connecting with myself and pursuing passions. So here it is, one of the most challenging parts of my trip starts very soon.
I was selected to participate in the November course, which consists of silent meditation. The course follows the Tibetan Gelug Tradition of Buddhism, and is based on Lama Tsong Khapa’s Graduated Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim), one of the most important texts of the Gelug Tradition.
The reason I chose to do this course was to compliment my physical practice of yoga with mindful meditation methods, as well as, learn more about Buddhist philosophy, which appeals to me as a learner and previous philosophy teacher.
During this month I’d be expected to follow this schedule:
5.30 am – Prostration
6.00 am – Morning tea in the dining room
6.30 am – Morning Meditation
7.30 am – Breakfast
9.00 am – Teachings
11.30 am – Lunch
2.00 PM – Discussion groups
3.00 PM – Break for 1/2 hour
3.30 PM – Teaching
5.00 PM – Tea
6.00 PM – Guided Meditation
7.00 PM – Dinner
8.00 PM – Guided meditation, Q/A
Moreover, the basic expectations of all participants are to not harm any living being, practice celibacy, no use of technology, no engagement of any sort of communication except during the course. If you’re interested you can read more here.
I’m happy to learn and share with all of you what I’ve come away with in 2016. Till then, goodbye and I hope you enjoy my automated blog posts and my Instagram and Facebook accounts which will be controlled by family and friends.
Namaste and thanks for being a part of my journey.