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A handful of meditation techniques

Carolyn Cheng, Participant

Every morning at the monastery, after morning puja and breakfast, we would have a meditation class with the Khenpo, Khenpo Tashi. He would teach us different meditation techniques and after his explanation had been translated from Tibetan into......Read More

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Midcourse

Tomas, Participant

Hello People, By people I really mean my parents which I’m pretty sure are the only two that read my YAK posts anyway. I’m writing now from a Hostel around the area of the most famous stupa of Nepal called Boudha. This stupa is one of......Read More

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Mid-course

Ben Wolf, Participant

Now we are in Boudha. We left Patan. We finished our four week homestay. We will not see the Dragon’s Program House again–maybe the day before we leave. Both Patan and Boudha are in the Kathmandu Valley. Tomorrow we leave the Valley to......Read More

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Patan, Goodbye to a New Home

Jacqueline Bengtson, Participant

My homestay little brother told me, “Happiness is meeting a stranger that becomes part of the family.” He couldn’t be more correct. On Saturday, my last family day, my homestay father, a silver jeweler, summoned me into his bedroom......Read More

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The Path

Zanna, Participant

By bus, the Thringu Tashi Yangtse Monastery lies about two hours (if you’re lucky) from Kathmandu. Of course, when you start from the hilly countryside and walk long days, stopping and starting from teahouse hotels along the way, it takes about......Read More

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Namobuddha

Him A Iteam, Instructor

Dear families and friends, Our last day of the mini trek led us to our Buddhist retreat in Namobuddha a beautiful monastery south east of Kathmandu valley. The monastery is on top of a hill surrounded by a forest and terraced agricultural fields. As......Read More

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Group has moved on to their mini-trek!

Dragons Admin, Participant

Dear family and friends of Him A, Your intrepid group of travelers has now finished their mid-course retreat in Boudha, and has safely arrived in Nagarkot, a small town less than two hours outside of Kathmandu on a bumpy road. They will be......Read More

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Patan

Emilia Diaz, Participant

Now, on the cusp of leaving Patan, its amazing how this tangle of dust, wires, and brick has begun to seem like home. The narrow alleyways and courtyards that once all looked the same to me are now a familiar quilt, full of patterns that I can still......Read More

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Butter Lamps

Choochy, Participant

To all of my dear friends and family who might be attempting to keep track of my whereabouts. Well… I am now in Boudha, a city off of Kathmandu that is also one of the holiest places in Nepal. After a 30 minute bus ride we were deposited in a......Read More

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Of Host Families, Boudha and Color

Zanna Moore, Participant

The last few days I spent with my host family have been some of the brightest yet. As the nature of our trip is ever changing, a few things were rescheduled and I had to end my Independent Study Project earlier than I had planned. The bitter thought......Read More

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Palace Musuem

Carolyn Cheng, Participant

February 25th we went on an excursion to the Narayanhiti Palace Museum. It was a bright day but hazy. After getting patted down by security we entered the grounds. We walked up wide steps flanked by black statues of horses, turtles, lions, and other......Read More

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Saying goodbye to Patan.

Aditya Shrestha, Instructor

Hello All, We have finished our urban homestays at Patan and arrived Boudha on the 18th. We are here for mid-course, a time when we slow the pace of our course and open space for reflection. On the 22nd morning we will start our three day trek......Read More

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article on lepcha

benji wolf, Participant

https://opus.lib.uts.edu.au/bitstream/10453/24114/2/02whole.pdf this is for our group! it’s an article on the lepcha people of Sikkim. read if you want….....Read More

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Ayurveda- The Science of Life!

Jacqueline Bengtson, Participant

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti, Om Peace Peace Peace! While nestled in the ancient artisan city of Patan, I have been fortunate to immerse myself in an aspect of the culture so deeply rooted in Nepal’s lifestyle and history. For the past two weeks my......Read More

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Patan

Ben Wolf, Participant

To all it may concern, Here in Patan. Type “Patan” into google images for a visual reference. There are ups and downs to all experiences. I really enjoy our group; everyone is lovely and nice. I really enjoy learning flute. Kuthumba is......Read More