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How To Get To My Top 5 Photogenic Landmarks?

Photo tourism is definitely not a thing of the past. If we all were to dig deep into our family photo album box, we would find our parents and grandparents starring in what look like Instagram filtered photography (what we now label vintage), in front of cool landmarks, posing. Back in the days it was as… Continue reading How To Get To My Top 5 Photogenic Landmarks?

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A Quick (First Monday of the Year) Lesson On The Potential of your Mind 

One thing that was taught consistently at the Kopan Monastery during the 30 day retreat was the potential of the human mind. The ability to have direct control, in order to obtain joy and happiness, as well as, to cultivate positivity rather than the opposite is chosen every morning and every moment by humans.     … Continue reading A Quick (First Monday of the Year) Lesson On The Potential of your Mind 

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The Way of the Sadhu

     Sādhus are men who renounce worldly pleasures, dedicating themselves to achieving moksa, liberation through meditation and contemplation of Brahman, God. These photos are taken near Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal, in Kathmandu. Sādhus often wear saffron-coloured clothing, symbolising their sannyāsa (renunciation). Would you be able to renounce your life in search of liberation, in a… Continue reading The Way of the Sadhu

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Kopan Monastery Chronicles: Sharing a Space with Eric in Silence

This was my roommate and his name is Eric, from Paris. I met Eric on the 14th of November around evening time, but I met all of his belongings a few hours before.        It was a bit like the first day of college dormitory assignment day, where he had gotten there earlier and… Continue reading Kopan Monastery Chronicles: Sharing a Space with Eric in Silence

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Cold Showers and No Electricity in Nepal: ‘Tis the Season to be Grateful and Compassionate

It’s been about 3 days of freedom from the monastery routine and regime, and life as it used to be seems to be creeping in. Sure, I still find myself waking up around 5am to the cold and bells from nearby monasteries, but things are changing (naturally). Of course, I’ve tried to make sure some… Continue reading Cold Showers and No Electricity in Nepal: ‘Tis the Season to be Grateful and Compassionate

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Three Hard Days in Kathmandu, Nepal

My previous visits to Armenia then a quick visit to Dubai wasn’t exactly an easy transition to Kathmandu. For a westerner who has travelled to many impoverished areas before, I have a sense of what kind of perspective shift is necessary when arriving to a new city, however there are just some levels of poverty… Continue reading Three Hard Days in Kathmandu, Nepal

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30 Day Silent Meditation at the Kopan Monastery in Nepal 

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… Continue reading 30 Day Silent Meditation at the Kopan Monastery in Nepal