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RYI FUTSAL AND WHY I LOVE IT.

 After long months of lockdown due to coronavirus, we all miss our daily activities a little bit more every day. Futsal is no exception. School weeks at Rangjung Yeshe are intense with a lot of studies, readings, quizzes. On Friday night, however, it is futsal time, our very much needed appointment to conclude the week […]

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Buddhism and Gender Identity

I am pleased to report that I have never experienced discrimination based on my gender while studying at Rangjung Yeshe Institute.  Sexual harassment and discrimination are very real, and in the United States women of all ages confront discrimination on a daily basis.  Perhaps it is better in Australia, Canada, or Europe?  I can’t speak to […]

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Boudha, Barsaat and Pure Imagination

[Summer 2019: Memories]  This summer, I decided to end my stay at my home in Delhi, prematurely and return to Nepal before my summer holidays formally ended. I’m not entirely sure what motivated this course of action. On one level, I wanted to come back and get started on possible ideas for my thesis. I […]

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Our need for a Western Buddhist Art

Why do we need it?           Art allows the development of imaginaries that preside over the collective creation of our shared reality. It has a function of preserving the values and nurturing the potentials of hope. A nihilist art can only dissipate the last bits of humanity in us and disseminates germs of slow poison. […]

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Good bye for now!

Looking back in time, when I first joined RYI in 2017, I remember surrendering myself to what these four years would bring. I was at a very vulnerable stage of my life at that point in time. I was questioning my life journey and had countless doubts about my capabilities. At that moment, stepping into this course became my only rescue.   These past four years in RYI has taught […]

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Last Semester at RYI

 When I started my BA years ago, I thought this time would never come and four years felt like a lifetime. However, now I feel like it was only yesterday I arrived in Kathmandu, and I almost wish I could do the whole thing again. It was so nice to come to Nepal and know […]

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From bearing with online classes to enjoying them

When classes moved online in the mid of the Semester around March 23, I faced them with a sense of “powering through.” When the summer program moved online, I thought, “It’s only two months.” I didn’t take too seriously my classmates’ concerns that the Fall Semester might also be online. Fast forward a few months and both the following Fall and Spring […]

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Training as interpreter amidst a global pandemic

I was already resigned to not see much of the sunshine this year, not because my clairvoyance detected the challenging year that the entire world had ahead, but because I decided to join the Translator Training Program and I knew that it was going to demand all my time and energy.   But before going into the experience of training as an interpreter through an online platform, I need to take a […]

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Methodology at the Drubchen

          I am at Utpala Restaurant to pay my course fee for the spring semester. Someone mentions there’s a large gathering at the lha khang under the classrooms at RYI, and that lay practitioners are allowed in. I wander tentatively towards the gompa. Hesitant, I stand outside the hall, peeping in through the windows. I […]

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Leaving Nepal

I never thought I’d leave Nepal like this. Even though after being in a lockdown for almost half a year, still, when the time of departure comes, it still feels like something unexpected and out of one’s own control. As a counter measure to Covid-19 pandemics, Nepal suspended all international flights since March 22 and […]