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Ring Ceremony

I-Team, Instructor

The engagement ceremony is an important pre-wedding ritual in Indian cultures where the would-be-bride and the groom-to-be come face to face and are formally betrothed to each other by their families. The couple exchanges rings with each other and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Thanksgiving

Rachel Nahirny, Participant

Every thanksgiving my mom makes my family create a gratitude tree for thanksgiving. This involves sticking some particularly branchy sticks into a bowl of rocks and then writing what we are thankful for on paper leaves which we then hang from the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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The hidden silk shop

Daniela, Participant

A few days ago Sophie and I went to a silk store. The door was tiny and you had to go down a couple of stairs to get inside. From that first impression I never would’ve guessed the beauty held behind those old walls. We hunched down to go through......Read More

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A yak with love

Rachel wolf, Participant

last night dani and I went to our batik teachers house for dinner. Her name is jasmindar and she is wonderful. She makes incredible beautiful tye dyes of nature and women. we cooked together with the help of choti who studies under her st the......Read More

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Village Day!

I-Team, Instructor

What a beautiful day it is to steal away from the bustling Banaras! The vibes of the countryside was calm and peaceful. Just what our group needed. We toured the village Saurabhji grew up in and had an experiential lesson on the caste topic that we......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Saleemji

Ceci, Participant

You would walk right past Saleemji’s room if you didn’t know better, mistaking the one storey, brick building with its tiny flight of stairs leading up to worn wooden shutters, padlocked rustily, for a storeroom. The room gives the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Breaking the Silence

Cecilia (and Friends), Participant

I always wonder what other people are thinking and this has never been more true than during our time at Root Institute. Sitting in the gompa during meditation, when my legs began to tingle and my back started to complain, my mind would invariably......Read More

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The Play

Rachel Nahirny, Participant

The Venerable Namgyel wanted us to create a play based on healing disturbing emotions. The majority of the dragons group did not want to create a play. Many of the other retreat participants did not want to create a play. Unfortunately my discussion......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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A Collection

Cecilia, Participant

In the emails home and phone calls with our families, we get caught up in narrating the tasks we accomplished or challenges we overcame, the big events or experiences we perceive as significant, the food we crave and things we miss. But often, it is......Read More

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Banaras’s Bovine Beauties

Cecilia, Participant

Having just returned to Banaras, I am struck, once again, by the proliferation of cows on the street. Some of theses sacred creatures are emaciated, others munch on garbage. The ones in the street are shouted and honked at. Most are neglected. Only......Read More

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Successful Buddhist Retreat

I-Team, Participant

Twitting live on our way back to Varanasi where the students are all looking forward to the warm embrace of their homestay families. Although our Buddhist retreat in Bodh Gaya was eventful, we gained new understandings about our mind thanks to the......Read More

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Little Moments of Joy

I-Team, Participant

We recently reached the official half-way point of the semester. What. To mark this milestone we spent the night at the Krishnamurthy Centre on what I would like to call the outskirts of Banaras- though I’m really not sure that is appropriate. We......Read More