Wednesday, January 9, 2013

More Visitors...

Larry and I were so happy to hear from some old friends of ours from Sravasti Abbey in Spokane WA U.S.A. Bikshuni's or Ani's Semkye and Chonyi, Students of Venerable Thubten Chodron decided to stop here for a few days before meeting up with another group to go to Varanasi and Bodhgaya.  We were so happy to have them here, it has been over 2 years since we saw them last.

                                               Taking time to tour the classrooms with Tashi

 In the short time we had we enjoyed several meals and a trip to the National Museum - Best museum ever! so many ancient Buddhist carvings. The best surprise for us when we went there the first time was finding out that there are actually relics of Buddha there!   Jamyangla and Gen Kusangla joined  us as well,  it was a really nice day for everyone.

Such beautiful Buddha statues and artifacts

 Gen Kunsang tells us the heartfelt story of his close relationship with his friend the elephant : )


Making a Dharma Connection

 Offerings  presented to Venerable Jamyang Gyaltsen and our monks for Sakya Heritage Society       from Sravasti Abbey

 Our monks were so happy with the yummy snacks of apples and peanuts

Many received
 new monks shirts

And these beautiful deity cards.
the monks were so excited about these!


Thank you so much Venerable Chonyi and Venerable Semkye for your visit and the special gifts from Sravasti Abbey, We hope to see you again soon!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Cold weather Laundry, Moonphaliwala, and those aren't Ruby slippers!

 It can be cold in India at this time of year mid 60's during the day and about 40 degrees or less at night I think Actually it is a record cold for Dehli this year (according to Yahoo ) what makes it tough is that most buildings in India have no heat and are made of concrete and lots of marble flooring so it gets a bit chilly! it has been foggy as well,  very moist and cold early on.

From our window... 
Clothes hang fruitlessly from the clothesline sometimes taking days to dry

                             But then the sun comes out and 
                                 we all climb trees  to get warm 
                                                              well some of us : )