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Shedra Study

Learning in the Buddhist environment

Spending years in the school, I was roughly introduced about my own culture and religion by my teachers and elders. But still there were a lot of things that I didn’t know about Buddhism. Hence, after the completion of class 12, I took the opportunity to follow my interest and under the recommendation from one […]

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Boudhanath Studentlife Study

Dilemma of a Life Time

The first time I came to Kathmandu one year ago, I was on my way back from China. At that time, my plan was to stay for a month in order to learn some Tibetan.  Here’s a lesson I learned quickly.  Plans change. My first impression of Boudhanath was that I could eat a variety […]

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Dr. Dr. John Dunne Mindfulness Philosophy Study

John Dunne’s class on the Facets of Mindfulness and Croissants

I never understood the value of learning valid cognition until taking John Dunne’s class on the Facets of Mindfulness this fall.  By observing the process through which our mind makes coherent the vast array of sensory information it receives, the negative emotions which form based upon our feelings about these sensory experiences lose their foothold.  By […]

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Boudhanath Studentlife Study

Reflection

After arriving in Kathmandu late summer 2009 to begin my studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute up until this day quite a lot of events have taken place – externally as well as internally. Just the fact that one is now living in a country among people with a completely different culture, different habits and so forth […]

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Bodhicaryāvatāra Studentlife Study

Trees Are Trees

A famous Zen master once said,  “while practicing in the path, initially the trees are trees, the mountains are mountains, and the oceans are oceans, but at some point the trees are no more trees, the mountains are no more mountains and the oceans are no more oceans… and finally at the end of the […]

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Mindfulness Study

Awareness

I am very grateful to the Rangjung Yeshe Institute who has given me the opportunity to study the Buddha-Dharma and inspire me to put it into practice in daily life.  My purpose of coming here to Nepal to study was to infuse my mind and life with the Buddha-Dharma as much as possible, to really […]

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Boudhanath Study Stupa

Near Jarung Khashor

Tenpel and a young friend near Jarung Khashor. Once back home in Brazil, I heard that in the middle of an immense valley in the Himalayas there was a great white stupa, where the awakened masters of the past and present would come from days and months of walking to pay homage.  It is said […]

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Studentlife Study

Home Sweet Home

“Where are you from?”  How many times this question has been heard and will be asked again and again, by total strangers or new friends. How many times has it taken long seconds to answer.  And how many times the reply was not satisfactory. Sincerely, I don’t know where I am from. This question has […]

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Bachelor in Buddhist Studies Study

Ease of Scholarship at RYI

Speaking from my personal perspective, the academic routine of a third-year student of ‘Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language’ here in Kathmandu is greatly influenced by the papers that have to be written for the various courses that one is taking. As every subject is related to a classical Buddhist text, the research that has to […]