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Tricycle Pilgrimage: Self-arising talisman

Phalluses are a common sight in Bhutan. They’re thought to ward off evil spirits. They are often nailed to trees or posts, or painted onto the outside walls of houses and shops. At Chimey Lhakang, or the Temple of the Divine Madman, in Bumthang, visitors are tapped on the head with a phallus, which is […]

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Tricycle pilgrims make it to the Tiger’s Nest

Tricycle Pilgrims are troopers—most of us made the arduous hike to the Tiger’s Nest, or the Taktsang Palphug Monastery, as the Bhutanese call it. Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), who brought Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet and Bhutan, is said to have meditated there in a cave for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three […]

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Thanksgiving Blessing

Tricycle pilgrim receives blessing from Khenpo Khatar Rinpoche at Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, which the group visited yesterday. A 40km drive from Kathmandu, the monastery sits atop the Himalayan foothills, offering stunning views. It was built at Namo Buddha, where, in a former life, the Buddha is said to have saved a starving Tigress and […]

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Tricycle Pilgrimage: Today’s Teaching from Kathmandu

From today’s teaching at Shedrub Ling: It’s not enough to think you understand impermanence and then to forget about it. The real dharma practitioner is someone who contemplates impermanence many times throughout day. Only then do our fixations begin to loosen, our attachments begin to break. Only then do we finally begin to relax.   […]

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Tricycle Pilgrimage: One love

Tricycle pilgrimage co-leader Justin Kelley gave interfaith harmony a big boost earlier today with his newfound Hindu friends. Photographer and fellow pilgrim Risto Kuulasmaa dubbed the pic “One Love,” appropriately enough. The new friendship was struck up along Kathmandu’s Bagmati River, where the caves of Tilopa and Naropa are a stone’s throw from the famed […]

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