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Silence

Alessandro Cohen, Participant

Silence is the sound that makes no noise. It comes and goes without us ever noticing. No matter how hard we try we will never be able to make it stay. There are many different classifications for silence and all come with their own connotations.......Read More

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The Colors of the Prayer Flag

Lucas Lepinard, Participant

Describing any wonderful experience is hard, especially one that contains so many separate and distinct memories. I struggled to begin sharing the details accurately through the conventional ways of description so instead I thought I might present a......Read More

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Clarity

Whitney Merriman, Participant

A wise Khenpo said, “We say there is no sunlight but the sunlight is always there. The nature of the sun is to give light. The nature of our mind, like the sun, is always shining. The outer negative emotions cover our mind and we are unable to......Read More

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Learning is Experiencing

Nora Hyman, Participant

There are certain things we know without having to actually witness: the moon changes its shape and position every night, monks wear robes, Nescafe has a tendency to make people hyper. There are things we can’t know without witnessing: the......Read More

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Silence with the Stars

Sydney Finkelstein, Participant

I sit in silence with the stars, With roaring planes and honking cars, With barks heard during dog politics: The yelp of a lost pup another dog bit. Silence with the awfully chatty voice inside my mind, Whose words I know but identity I have yet to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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Being Silent

Blake Amann, Participant

When you think about the idea of being silent, it doesn’t seem like such a difficult thing to do at first. It isn’t until you really try to be silent that you realize the irony of remaining silent. Once you stop actually talking, every......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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Ode to Daal Bhat ft. Young Mav

Brent Gangwish, Participant

What can you not live without? The one thing that removes all doubt What is the water of life? The thing I’d like to make my wife Something so beautiful, yet so simple Cuter than a newborn’s dimple Something as comforting as a......Read More

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We Are All Teacups

Austin Schmidt, Participant

We are all teacups. We all exist, yet we are all breakable at any moment in time. We are all uniquely made and hold our own stories, yet we are all molded by the surrounding environment. During a group discussion the other day about impermanence,......Read More

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Meeting with the Rinpoche !

Him B Team, Participant

Our whole Him B crew had an unparalleled privilege of meeting Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche here at Namo Buddha Monastery in Nepal. Rinpoche is the founder of several monasteries over the world including the breathtaking Namo Buddha......Read More

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The Space Between Us That Doesn’t Exist

Reilly Dwight, Participant

Yak of the Week

  An open heart, a kind smile and a namaste has the power to transcend age, language and cultural differences. Today, as I was walking up to the Tiger’s Den – the place where Buddha is said to have offered his body to a starving......Read More

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Arrival to Namo Buddha

Lauren Cain, Instructor

Hello friends and families following along on our journey! The day before yesterday we arrrived to Namo Buddha monastery, our Tibetan Buddhist retreat for the next 6 days. After a strenous but fulfilling three days of trekking, the whole group was......Read More

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The not-so-mini trek

Lauren Cain, Participant

Our trekking adventure began with an early morning and a hot bus ride through the hectic, yet cultural city of Kathmandu. Despite traffic through the city, we passed the time playing games on the bus as we picked up and met our trekking leaders......Read More

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Benjamin’s Birthday Yak

Lauren Cain, Participant

I groggily awake to the sound of Alessandro, my roommate, rustling around in the bathroom and check my watch. Damn! I slept in. With my wits barely about me, I stumble around the room to get ready, tumbling out the door and down the mossy stone......Read More