Our time at Rumtek monastery was very special for me because it included my eighteenth birthday. I never could have imagined a birthday like this one.
We spent the day in silence meditating, eating with the monks, attending a puja and touring the monastery. So many opportunities were given to us, a very rare one being the chance to enter the room housing the golden stupa and make a wish. I have to say it out did birthday candle wishes!
The colors of gold and maroon and the sounds of chanting stay most vividly in my mind now that we have left. It was a very introspective time for me, and looking back it’s like remembering a dream.