Namo Buddha Pilgrimage

Namo Buddha

Namo Buddha, one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sides in Nepal, was blessed by the Buddha out of his limitless compassion and generosity for sentient beings.   Since then the place has become a sanctuary for pilgrims. It is the greatest source of direct blessing from the Buddha, and the ‘classroom’ where still anyone can […]

Nepal Sindhupalchowk

Will You Visit My Village?

Sindhupalchowk  ‘’Mero gau maa jaane ho?’’ The only question I have been asked more times than this is whether my hair is real or not. ‘’Will you visit my village?’’ everyone asks after a short conversation and getting to know each other. Having grown up in Nairobi, the capital city of my country, I had become accustomed to people having rather […]

Bachelor in Buddhist Studies Bodhicaryāvatāra Studentlife Study

A Shedra Student

The feeling is indescribable; I have never studied in a Shedra before. The atmosphere is so welcoming at the Shedra , it feels like home. This is my first formal education in Buddhism and I cannot think of a better place than RYI. The whole Shedra experience has been and is very over whelming. Personally, I feel that the classes are […]

Abhidharma Gateway to Knowledge perception scholar-practitioner

Keeping Philosophy Juicy

Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche urges us to become scholar-practitioners. At the same time, Rinpoche and other lamas, khenpos, lopöns and the texts themselves often warn us against becoming merely “dry scholars.” The tri-fold approach to studying philosophy that is urged upon as at RYI—listening, contemplating, and meditating—is precisely a method to bring vitality to study, to […]