Boudhanath Kathmandu Studentlife

Renting on Your Own in Kathmandu

You have probably noticed that living in Nepal is somewhat different from living somewhere in the civilized world.  Aside from the usual things you need to take care of – such as finding dwelling of suitable size and cost, in Nepal you need to solve many other issues.  For example, over half of the year, […]


Buddhist Altruism

Buddhaghosa Buddhaghosa defines compassion as – “When there is suffering (in others), it causes good people to be moved (anukampā), thus it is Karuṇā (Visuddhimagga, tr. Ñanamoli, p. 345).”   The Buddha admonishes: “Let one first establish oneself in what is proper and then instruct others (Dhammapada, verse 158).”   One cannot help others unless […]

Kathmandu Winter

Strategies Against Cold Rooms

As most people know the temperature in Kathmandu can be a bit chilly during the months of December and January.  Although it is mostly warm and sunny during the day, the temperature during the night can approach the freezing point.  The houses have no insulation and most of the windows are well suited for the […]

Summer Program Tibetan language

Tibetan Summer Course

Hello out there, I would like to share my experience of this year’s summer course.  As you may or may not know the Rangjung Yeshe Institute offers several summer courses on Sanskrit, colloquial Tibetan, and Buddhist Philosophy.  The year before I did the “Intermediate Tibetan” and this summer I went for the “Advanced Tibetan”.  We […]

Nagi Gompa Nuns Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Living, Researching, and Writing at Nagi Gompa

Upper Temple Hall, Nagi Gompa I first encountered Nagi Gompa, a nunnery in the Shivapuri National Park at the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley, three years ago, during Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s seminar.  It was love at first sight, and since then, an unending affair.  This is so for many reasons: the kindness and holiness of […]



I last wrote on the Student Blog three years ago.  I wonder what has changed in that time. I have finished my BA and started the MA program this year.  Looking back, I can say, to continue was not the easiest decision for me at all.  Studying at the Shedra for last 3 years has […]