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Transitions

Charis, Instructor

The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is, there’s no ground. — Chögyam Trungpa Life demands our attention. Its process, manifesting in each of our bodies and spirits, is......Read More

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can I call you my sister?

Zoe Larson, Participant

ok so let me start off by saying, how would you feel if a random ten year old girl, you met twenty minutes ago, asks you “can i call you my sister?” back home this remark would confuse or maybe even upset someone, something as special as......Read More

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Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group A

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Fire & Water

Michael Schlarbaum, Participant

On one of our first nights in Nepal, the I-Team- Michael and Tsethen and Charis- lead the group through a ceremony of fire and water. I was blindfolded in the lower courtyard of the guesthouse in Pharping. My hands were placed on the back of the......Read More

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Stories to Come

Xavier Segel, Participant

I did not come to Nepal to haggle with street vendors over 15 cent figs, to binge read a textbook on the four tantras of Tibetan medicine, or to watch Shivaay jump off a cliff with nothing but two ice picks. I came because I needed to. I needed to......Read More

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A full week, a weekful of exploration

Instructor Team, Instructor

What a week it has been! We’ve dived straight into the deep end, as several students have put it, of living and learning in Kathmandu. Just over a week ago, the Instructor team and our in-country coordinator Amrit introduced students and their......Read More

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Saturdays in Kathmandu

Charlotte Biche, Participant

Sitting in the Zen Bistro at 11 AM on a Saturday morning is honestly a luxury. I’m drinking a lemon soda, (Sparkling water, fresh lemon, and black Himalayan salt, all mixed together, much more refreshing than you might expect…) enjoying......Read More

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Waste Not, Wash Not

Casey Carrell, Participant

One bucket of cold water. Two spoonfuls of washing powder. Scrub with detergent bar as needed. Rinse thoroughly. Drain. One bucket of cold water. One spoonful of Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Pure – Castile Soap. Rinse......Read More

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The Dust of Kathmandu

Charlie Lowell, Participant

The dust of Kathmandu settles in small piles on the streets, and as I walk, I hold a scarf to my mouth and nose. It is loud here, and in some moments I feel like I might just dissolve into the noise of this city. Motorcycles and tuk-tuks weave......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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Sunday, September 23rd, 6:09 pm

Charlotte Biche, Participant

When I left for Nepal just over a week ago, I really wasn’t that nervous. I knew I was going to miss family, friends, and other loved ones, but I was so excited to go that my anxieties were outshined. Since arriving I’ve felt the ups and downs,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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… Maybe With a Ten Foot Pole?

Casey Carrell, Participant

A flash of sunlight struck my eyes as I turned my head. My right foot slid through a patch of loose dirt, nearly knocking me completely off-balance. I caught myself and looked up just in time to see the colorful disc float daintily to the ground. I......Read More

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Shifting, Moving, Aligning

Charis Boke, Instructor

I sit here on the last night of our orientation, having just left the vibrancy of the student group, with their passions, commitments, joyous goofiness, and deep questions, in awe of their capacity to connect, listen, and observe so much, so fast.......Read More

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First Monastery Visit

Jack O'Conner, Participant

Yak of the Week

On September 19th, the fearless Alpha Dragons group ambled over to a nearby Tibetan monastery. After a brief meditative walk through the outskirts of Pharping, we entered an immense monastic complex, surrounded by beautiful landscaping and......Read More

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Our Manifesto

Nepal Group A, Participant

Hello all! After much deliberation, here is our Mission Statement. It is a list of 13 points which each of us believes should be a guide to an amazing three months here in Nepal. Here goes! May my heart overflow with compassion and love for all......Read More

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All together at Orientation!

Instructor Team, Instructor

Apologies for the belated full group picture, but please enjoy this one of us all together at Orientation near Pharping in Nepal! Everyone is in good health and had a full (ish) night sleep last night. Looking forward to posting more soon!...Read More

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Him A is all here!!

Charis, Participant

All of Him A is now officially in Nepal! Charis welcomed Makenzie this morning, Nepal time, and the airport, and we set off straight away for our orientation retreat near Pharping, about a 2 hour drive away. We are excited to meet up with the whole......Read More