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Kung-Fu Nuns Teach Cosmic Energy To CERN Scientists

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 19, 2012

My comment: There are lots of things that science can not speak where spiritual world speaks and we can encounter in the real life many strange examples that challenge to science. The problem with science is that it has difficulty to speak without scientific proof. That’s why it is said that science can reach up to fifth level and real spiritual world starts from fifth level. When a scientist crosses fifth level s/he will not be any more scientist but will be spiritual person. In that level s/he will not speak out everything but start to teach the ways to be there, because spiritual world is not to speak but to realize.

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Nunk Fu Nuns

GENEVA (Reuters) – A dozen kung fu nuns from an Asian Buddhist order displayed their martial arts prowess to bemused scientists at CERN this week as their spiritual leader explained how their energy was like that of the cosmos.

The nuns, all from the Himalayan region, struck poses of hand-chops, high-kicks and punches on Thursday while touring the research centre where physicists at the frontiers of science are probing the origins of the universe.

“Men and women carry different energy,” said His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa, a monk who ranks only slightly below the Dalai Lama in the global Buddhist hierarchy. “Both male and female energies are needed to better the world.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Facebook Upshot: बुद्ध जन्मस्थलबारे दलाई लामाको बिबादास्पद भनाइ

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 11, 2012

बुद्ध जन्मस्थलबारे दलाई लामाको बिबादास्पद भनाइ : दलाई लामाको यस किसिमको अभिब्यक्ति नयाँ नभएर पुरानै हो । यही कारणले गर्दा लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानको तर्फबाट गत बर्षको बुद्ध जयन्तीमा केही पुस्तक नौ भाषामा अनुवाद गरिएको एघार पुस्तकका लेखक अग्नि एइकरमान र डोमो गेशे रिङ्गपोछेसंग अन्तरबार्ता लिएपछि (http://worldamity.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/an-interview-with-agni-frank-eickermann-and-domo-geshe-rinpoche/) यो बर्षको बुद्ध जयन्तीको अबसरमा दलाई लामासंग अलि कुटनितिक किसिमको अन्तरबार्ता लिने प्रयासको लागि अभियानबारे जानकारी दिंदै उनका प्रशासकीय सहयोगी तेन्जिन ग्याल्पोसंग पत्राचार गरेको थिएँ र यसबारेको जानकारी अभियानकी केन्द्रिय सल्लाहकार डा आरजु देउवा र वेलायतका लागि नेपाली राजदूत डा सुरेश चन्द्र चालिसेलाई पनि गराएको थिएँ । शायद अभियानबारे अध्ययन गर्न समय लागेकोले होला तीन महिनाभन्दा बढी समयपछी उन्का सहयोगीको जबाफ आयो दलाई लामाको अत्यन्तै ब्यस्तताका कारण अन्तरबार्ता दिन नसकिने ब्यहोरा सहितको । सोभन्दा पहिला संसारकै सबैभन्दा बढी चल्ने पत्रिकामध्येमा पर्ने हफिङ्टन पोस्टमा प्रकाशित तिब्बतको बिषयमा उन्ले बोलेको केही समाचारहरुमा दलाई लामा जस्ता ब्यक्तिबाट राजनीतिक गन्ध आउने किसिमका अभिब्यक्ति दिनुभन्दा आध्यत्मिक अभिब्यक्तिहरु मात्रैमा सीमित हुनु उन्को ब्यक्तित्वलाई संधै उचो राख्न सहायकसिद्ध हुन सक्ने आशययुक्त सुझाब सहितका कमेण्टहरु राख्ने गरेको थिएँ ।

हालै उन्को बेलायत भ्रमणलाई सफल बनाउन मैले बेलायत छाडनु अघिदेखि थुप्रै नेपालीहरु खटिरहनु भएको थियो र यो समाचार (http://nagariknews.com/diaspora/europe-prabas/42457-2012-06-22-09-28-20.html) पछि थुप्रै साथीहरुबाट मैले प्रश्न प्राप्त गरेकोछु वास्तबिकता के हो भन्ने आशय सहितको । यहाँ दुई कुरा महत्वपूर्ण छन – बुद्ध जन्मस्थल र बौद्धमार्गको बिकास । दलाई लामाको ‘बुद्धमार्गको विकास भारतबाट सुरु भएको’ भनाइबाट समाचार शुरु भएको छ । बुद्ध नेपालमा जन्मनु भयो र भारतमा तपस्या गरेर त्यहीं ज्ञान प्राप्त गरी बुद्ध धर्मको प्रचार प्रसार पनि गर्नु भयो । यसरी नेपालमा जन्मनु भएको बुद्धले भारतमा गएर ज्ञान प्राप्त गरी प्राप्त गरेको ज्ञानलाई प्रचार प्रसार भारतबाटै शुरु गर्नु भएकोले बुद्धमार्गको बिकास भने भारतबाट हुन गयो – अभियान यो कुरामा स्पस्ट छ । बुद्धको जन्मस्थल भएकै कारण युनेस्कोले नेपालको लुम्बिनीलाई विश्व सम्पदा सूचिमा राखेको छ भने जापानको आर्थिक सहयोगमा युनेस्को मार्फत वेलायतकै प्रोफेसर कनिंघामको नेतृत्वमा पाँच बर्षे परियोजना पनि चलिरहेको छ । यसरी बिस्वब्यापी मान्यता र ऐतिहासिल प्रमाणका बाबजूद शक्तिका भरमा सत्यका पर्यायबाची बुद्धको उन्कै नाममा झूटको खेती गरेर उन्को जन्मस्थलको बारेमा सिर्जित दिग्भ्रम निस्तेज पारी बर्षेनी हजारौं बिस्व पर्यटकहरुलाई झुक्याइ झुक्याइ नक्कली बुद्ध जन्मस्थल लैजाँदै गरिएको मानब अधिकार हननबाट यथार्थताबोध गराएर दिग्भ्रमितहरुको हनन भएको मनब अधिकार जोगाउनु अभियानको एउटा प्रमुख उद्धेस्य हो ।

कार्यक्रममा ‘बुद्ध जहाँ जन्मिए पनि त्यो बिषयलाई बुद्धमार्गीहरुले ठूलो कुरा बनाउनु हुँदैन।’ भन्दै आफूले भने बुद्ध भारतमा जन्मिएको कुरा दलाई लामाले गरेका हुन भने त्यो किमार्थ मान्य हुन सक्तैन । ठूलाले बोल्दैमा असत्य पनि सत्य हुने भन्ने कुरा हुँदैन । समाचारमा प्रयुक्त ‘बुद्धमार्गको विकास भारतबाट सुरु भएको’ कै आधारमा बुद्ध भारतमा जन्मिएको भन्ने रुपमा बुझिएको हो कि भन्ने अनुमानलाई ‘आयोजकले बुद्धको जन्मबारेको लामाको भनाईले केही तित्तता अनुभव भएपछि’ ले गलत प्रमाणित गरिदिन्छ । कार्यक्रम संयोजक डम्मर घले र शुरुदेखि यस्लाई सफल बनाउन लागि पर्नुहुने काजी शेर्पा, जो यस अभियानका वेलायत राष्ट्रिय समितिका सल्लाहकार पनि हुनुहुन्छ, दुबै वेलायतमा बस्नु हुने बुद्धिस्ट समुदायभित्रका बिद्धत बर्गमा पर्नुहुने भएकोले पहिलो अनुमान सही हुने आधार देखिन्न । आफूले भने ‘बुद्ध जहाँ जन्मिए पनि त्यो बिषयलाई बुद्धमार्गीहरुले ठूलो कुरा बनाउनु हुँदैन।’ भन्दै सत्य बोल्नेलाई सत्य बोल्नमा निरुत्साहित गर्न प्रयास गर्दै आफूले भने असत्य कुरोलाई सत्य भन्न खोज्नु बुद्धको ‘झूटो नबोल्नू’ शिक्षासंग मेल खाने कुरो कसरी हुन सक्ला र? बुद्धको सदमार्गको अनुयायी त त्यही हो जो सत्य बोल्छ न कि सत्यमाथि सीमित स्वार्थका कारण अनाबस्यक राजनीति गर्छ ।

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Clip with Dalai Lama’s Partial London Speech

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 8, 2012

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Is Respect Key to Creating Greatness?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 20, 2012

By Peter Baksa, Investigative Journalist/Entreprenuer/Author of ‘The Point of Power’

Wise actions flow naturally from the right principles. When respect directs our daily choices, all our interactions are in harmony with our greater good. Respect for ourselves, one another, and for life itself should be at our core lighting the path for us. Knowing this basic principle, wise actions and words flow naturally. Founders of the Myers-Briggs personality test suggest that no matter how much people differ in background or temperament, three basic qualities underlie any enduring relationship, and they are: understanding, appreciation, and respect. Buddhism teaches compassion for all living things, Confucianism upholds jen, “human heartedness,” respect for others as a foundation of all virtue.

Living respectfully is an essential leadership principle. I posit that respect is the key to personal power. Our real power as humans comes when we can relate to others from our hearts rather than from our brains. Our energies contract when we concentrate on ourselves and the way we look. (See my book, It’s None of My Business What You Think of Me.) Instead of self-consciously posing or performing, I suggest that one takes a “host” mentality, focusing on how to serve others. Instead of talking — listen, observe, and seek the spark of greatness in the person you are with. We inspire others by making that spark come alive.

We are flooded in the media with the stereotyped hero, often violent, flashy, tough, emotionally repressed and ultimately unreal. Real strength is strength of character. Real heroes combine courage and compassion living respectfully and transcending difficulty to create new possibilities, like bamboo, flexible yet strong. How can we be more gentle and kind — now this is true strength and the mark of a true hero. Read the rest of this entry »

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My Conversation With the Dalai Lama: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 15, 2012

By Arianna Huffington

At a lunch in the crypt at St. Paul’s before the Dalai Lama received the Templeton Prize today, I was seated next to Canon Mark Oakley. “We need to move beyond relevance to resonance,” he said.

It was a call to move beyond the shallows to the depths, beyond the passing novelties of the moment to the echoes of the soul. The Canon summed up the vicious circle we too often find ourselves caught in: “We are,” he said, “spending money we don’t have on things we don’t want in order to impress people we don’t like.”

To find the peace of mind that alone can replace this aimless search that has led to an epidemic of stress, anxiety, and drugs — legal and illegal — the Dalai Lama is looking to science (specifically neuroscience) to convince a skeptical increasingly-secular society of the power of contemplation and compassion to change our lives and our world.

As he wrote in his 2005 book, The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality: Read the rest of this entry »

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The Dalai Lama, Arianna Huffington Interview: His Holiness Discusses Compassion, Science, Religion And Sleep

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 15, 2012

His Holiness the Dalai Lama sat down with Arianna Huffington at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to celebrate his Templeton Prize, and discuss the importance of a productive conversation between spirituality and science.

The Dalai Lama’s role in fostering positive interactions between religion and science is one of the reasons why he was honored by the prize.

As the Templeton Foundation notes: “For decades, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama has vigorously focused on the connections between the investigative traditions of science and Buddhism as a way to better understand and advance what both disciplines might offer the world.”

Arianna Huffington also asked HH Dalai Lama about the importance of sleep; the epidemic of stress, anxiety, and drugs — legal and illegal; and compassion, which is emphasized in the practice of Buddhism.

The Templeton Prize comes with a cash award of $1.7 million dollars, which His Holiness has donated to Save The Children.

Read the transcript of the interview below:

Arianna Huffington: You have been working with neuroscientists for many years now. What do you hope to achieve through this collaboration between science and spirituality?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Two purpose: One purpose, up to date scientific research mainly based on matters. Now, later part of 20th century, and now beginning of this 21st century, now scientific research field now expanding, including human emotions, mind. That’s one purpose. The reason we cannot explain fully what humans are thinking about these thing just on research on brain alone. That’s one purpose. The second purpose: on the basis of scientific finding, more awareness, the how importance of our emotion for our health and healthy society and family. Now, through training of mind, how much can develop our health, our healthy society. So, and me personally, my main effort to promote these values, not through religious field, but without touching religion, simply use our common sense and common experience and then scientific finding, so to make more awareness to public. My main hope is eventually, in modern education field, introduce education about warm-heartedness, not based on religion, but based on common experience and a common sort of sense, and then scientific finding. So in that respect, you see, I’ve found a lot of useful information from scientific research work. Read the rest of this entry »

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When There Is Peace Among Religions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 26, 2012

By Steve McSwain,  Author, Speaker, Executive Coach…and, the Voice for the Spiritual but Not Religious

 Comment: Religion is religion if it unites people, religion is not religion if it divides people and that is the politics in the name of religion because the basic of every religion is the same:

Slightly over a year ago, I picked up my iPad one morning and began drawing the image you see in this post. I named it the Unity pendant. I designed this to be a kind of “brand” for my speaking and coaching on matters related to spirituality and interfaith acceptance and cooperation — even theinterfaith comedy show a Jewish friend and a professional comedian, Mark Klein, and I have created. I have long felt that the Dalai Lama is right when he said, “When there’s peace among religions, there will be peace in the world.” I had those words inscribed on the outer rims of the pendant.

It’s true — embarrassingly true. Many of the conflicts between nations, peoples and cultures throughout history have been motivated and sustained by religion and religious differences. Virtually all religions start out well but it isn’t long before a kind of collective ego takes over and things get insane. I’ve written extensively about what goes wrong in most religions, Christianity notwithstanding, in the book, “The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God“: Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddhism, Cosmology and Evolution

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 5, 2012

 

By John Stanley & David Loy 

Even with all these profound scientific theories of the origin of the universe, I am left with serious questions: What existed before the big bang? Where did the big bang come from? What caused it? Why has our planet evolved to support life? What is the relationship between the cosmos and the beings that have evolved within it? Scientists may dismiss these questions as nonsensical, or they may acknowledge their importance but deny that they belong to the domain of scientific inquiry. However, both these approaches will have the consequence of acknowledging definite limits to our scientific knowledge of the origin of our cosmos. I am not subject to the professional or ideological constraints of a radically materialistic worldview. – The Dalai Lama

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved. – Charles Darwin

For traditional Buddhist cosmology, the life cycle of a universe is cyclical. There is a period of its formation, a period where it endures, a period where it disintegrates and a period of void before a new universe forms from the luminous space that remains. That space, according to theKalachakra Tantra (Wheel of Time) is inseparable from beginningless, universal consciousness.

The constraints of scientific materialism

A very different perspective is offered by mechanistic science. From its European origins in the 17th century to its final triumph in the 19th, it has insisted that matter is non-conscious stuff interacting in dead space. And these premises are not merely intellectual abstractions. They have become beliefs about reality, shared by a globalizing human culture. The structure of our subjective experience is inevitably influenced by the notion that we too are mechanisms located in a non-conscious mechanical universe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dr Joe Dispenza – How to evolve our brain to experiment a new reality? Stepping in the unknown

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 30, 2012

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Indian Police Charge a Tibetan Spiritual Leader with Financial Conspiracy

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 9, 2011

By HANNAH BEECH

The waiting room in the Tibetan Buddhist monastery in northern India is unremarkable, save for the small signs pasted on the wall: “Kindly do not make any offerings in foreign currency.” Many of the pilgrims who have come to pay homage to the Karmapa—the third-most senior cleric in Tibetan Buddhist cosmology who is believed to be the 17th incarnation of a 900-year-old holy spirit—are Chinese travelers, who stuff thick bundles of Indian rupees into envelopes. There is not a Chinese yuan in sight.

The signs are a consequence of a kerfuffle earlier this year that erupted in Dharamsala, the Indian hill station where the Tibetan exile community has coalesced. On Dec. 8, Indian police announced that they had officially charged the Karmapa with conspiracy nearly a year after the authorities found more than $1 million in various foreign currency at the monastery where he lives. The charge sheet was filed at a district court in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, where Dharamsala is located, even though earlier this year the Union Home Ministry in New Delhi indicated the Karmapa, whose full name is Ogyen Trinley Dorje, had been absolved of wrongdoing. The senior Tibetan monk’s aides say that the money, much of it Chinese yuan, was from his devotees and that he is not involved in any of his order’s financial dealings. Since then, the waiting-room signs have gone up, they say, to avoid further controversy.

After fleeing Tibet in 1999 in a dramatic voyage that echoed the snow-bound escape of the Dalai Lama four decades before, the Karmapa has resided in India. But his flight to freedom has not brought him full liberty. After he arrived as a 14-year-old in Dharamsala, whispers circulated among excitable members of the Indian media circles that the Karmapa might be a Chinese spy. How else could he have escaped Beijing’s watchful eye, they wondered—even though he and his supporters dismiss such allegations. Then as India’s relations with China have warmed and the surviving Tibetan community in northern India views this geopolitical development with wariness, the Karmapa’s movements have been carefully circumscribed by the Indian government. He cannot travel freely in India without prior government approval. Until 2008, the Karmapa was not even allowed documents to go overseas. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Latest Bid to Flex Its Regional Muscle and Intimidate Tibet

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 23, 2011

By Ellen Bork

Kathmandu—After four prime ministers in four years, Nepal might finally be entering a period of stability. On November 1, Nepalese politicians reached a deal on demobilizing nearly 20,000 Maoist fighters who have been in limbo since a 2006 peace agreement ended the ten year insurgency. A second priority, drafting a constitution, may now also be within reach thanks to a compromise on power sharing among the major political parties.

But at the same time, Nepal has become the subject of a high stakes battle for influence between China, which occupies Tibet on Nepal’s northern border, and India, which surrounds the country on all other sides. Nepal’s current prime minister, Baburam Bhattarai, sent a signal by making his first trip abroad to Delhi last month, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit next year. But Chinese officials have responded with a full-court press of their own: Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport has seen a steady stream of Chinese officials, including the head of China’s People’s Liberation Army, who inked a $20 million military-aid deal with the Nepalese army. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, for his part, will visit Nepal in December.

At this stage it’s unclear who will prevail in this Sino-Indian struggle for influence, but one issue that is shaping up to be an important bellwether is Nepal’s role as a haven and way station for Tibetan refugees. In recent months China has set its sights on closing off this avenue to Tibetans, and it has stepped up the pressure it exerts on Nepal accordingly. India, which provides a home for the Dalai Lama and the democratic, exile government of Tibet, has a strategic stake in seeing Nepal stand up to Chinese pressure. How Nepal responds to China’s aggressive new campaign to cut off aid for Tibetans will indicate just how much influence the Chinese have in Kathmandu.

NEPAL’S COMMUNITY OF an estimated 25,000 Tibetan refugees dates mainly from China’s conquest of Tibet in the 1950s. Some are resistance fighters or their descendants. New refugees no longer settle in Nepal, but under the 1990 “Gentleman’s Agreement” between the Nepalese government and the UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR), Tibetans who make it across the mountainous frontier—anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand each year—are brought to the capital, Kathmandu, several hours away by car. Once there, they are documented and quickly sent on to India. Nepal has been a part of the escape path for numerous important Tibetans, including the Karmapa Lama, a young, charismatic monk who fled Tibet in a dramatic escape in 1999 when he was 14 years old. Some hope he will assume an important leadership role in the Tibetan cause when the current Dalai Lama, now 76, dies.   Read the rest of this entry »

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The Dalai Lama Talks About Compassion, Respect

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 3, 2011

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Tibet’s Next Incarnation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 3, 2011

By HANNAH BEECH / DHARAMSALA

He has never been to Tibet, never breathed the thin air of the high plateau, nor spun a prayer wheel in the shadow of the

Otherworldly Mist shrouds the Indian mountain redoubt of Dharamsala, home to the Dalai Lama and fellow exiled Tibetans Photograph by Sumit Dayal for TIME

great Buddhist monasteries. Yet on Aug. 8, 43-year-old Lobsang Sangay was sworn in as the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Born in a refugee camp in India and educated in the U.S., Sangay holds no passport or nationality, only a travel certificate. He expresses homesickness for a place that exists in the foreign mind as an otherworldly haven, and in the Tibetan one as an occupied homeland. “Like all of us in exile, I will never be completely at peace until I go to Tibet,” he says when we meet in Dharamsala, a scruffy settlement in the Himalayan foothills of India where the Tibetan refugee community coalesced five decades ago. “The question is: How do we get there?”

Sangay’s inauguration as Kalon Tripa, or Prime Minister, comes at a critical moment for Tibet — both for the 5.4 million Tibetans living inside China and for the 150,000 or so who have chosen exile. Young refugees whose votes carried Sangay to office are questioning their movement’s longtime commitment to nonviolent resistance, while an ongoing crackdown by Chinese security forces has failed to suppress dissent within Tibet.(Watch TIME’s video “The Dalai Lama on Tibet, China and the Nobel Prize.)

Unlike protest campaigns in the 1950s and ’80s, the new wave of demonstrations has flared across the entire Tibetan Plateau, from what China calls the Tibetan Autonomous Region to Tibetan-dominated parts of Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan provinces. Beijing routinely blames Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, for political instability on the high plateau. But many Tibetans argue that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate in fact prevents a violent uprising from erupting in the region. “There is so much anger in Tibet now; it is only because of His Holiness that the people don’t rise up,” says Tsering Migyur, a Mandarin-speaking undersecretary in the Dalai Lama’s office in Dharamsala. Migyur should know. For decades he was a senior officer for the Chinese police and military intelligence in Lhasa, serving as a minority poster boy. In 2000, however, he defected to Dharamsala. “China believes that once the Dalai Lama dies, the movement will lose power,” says Migyur. “But the Dalai Lama is actually China’s best friend because the next generation will not be so accommodating.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The place where Buddha attained face

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 7, 2011

As you know, every big mountain, being literally the navel of the Earth, eventually accumulates a lot of myths and legends, and becomes the axis of the foundation and the fantastic, yet very real stories. The perturbation vertical space bizarre twists of fate and age. For myths and legends of the local population is responsible, the heroes byley – different kinds of adventurers, mountaineers and other violent “surfers”.

It would be interesting to make something like a historical chronicle, for example, for each eight-, but it does take a lot for them to wander:) On Everest, I’ve tried to write , now part of Nanga Parbat, the more that this mountain will give good odds that the same Everest , and Kashmir – the place is not easy.

1. Nanga Parbat. Painting by Nicholas Roerich

Brief introduction: Nanga Parbat – the first ever eight-to which people have tried to ascend, the first-ever eight-, conquered by man alone. Prior to Everest climbing became popular in the environment, Nanga Parbat kept the championship in the number of dead climbers.

This mountain has witnessed the birth and development of Buddhism in the region, not far from it came the first image of the Buddha. Her foot was held Alexander of Macedon, the Muslim conquerors (ie, Tamerlane and his descendant Babur founded the Mughal dynasty), Sikh invaders. Nanga Parbat knows first hand what a big game of British and Russian empires. Roerich painted the mountain. In the end, this mountain long before the whole of Europe saw the swastika neinduistskuyu – at the top in the early 1930s, tried to climb the Nazis.

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Once part of Afghanistan, part of the Pamirs, the whole of northern Pakistani-administered Kashmir and Ladakh were Buddhist. About Ladakh is known to many, but here’s what Baltistan (Gilgit Baltistan, now known as the northern part of Kashmir) had a different name – Tibet-i-Khurd, little is known. Translates it as a Small Tibet, the vast majority of people here and now speaks the language of the Baltic States – one of the western dialect of Tibetan language, but it is Muslim.

A little farther west, in the valleys of Dir and Swat in the XX century, excavated six years of Buddhist temples and villages of the world’s greatest Tibetologist Giuseppe Tucci (incidentally, the teacher Michelle Pesselya, which show the way to go in Pesselya forbidden kingdom Mustang). Tucci found in Swat as many Buddhist antiquities, that the excavation could not stop until now.

However, once from 2007 to 2009 he held down the valley of the Taliban, a Buddhist heritage was dealt a severe blow. The Taliban began destroying bodrenko “idols”, as in his time destroyed Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan. This is despite the fact that none of the Muslim invaders of the early period up to Tamerlane’s finger to these monuments were not touched. Yes, and “idols” are in fact older than Islam in a couple of hundred years.

In 326 BC through the Khyber Pass connecting Afghanistan with Pakistan today, in the kingdom of Gandhara Alexander of Macedon invaded. He went with his army across Kashmir, crossed the Indus and Jhelum and even went to the Ganges.

2. Jhelum River (also known as Gidaspov). Here Macedonian army defeated the Indians along the river lay our way to Nanga Parbat

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Beyond the Dalai Lama: Profiles of Four Tibetan Lamas-in-Exile

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 29, 2011

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Dias, a TIME contributor based in Washington.

When the Dalai Lama came to Washington this month, he wasn’t alone. Accompanying the spiritual leader of Tibetans-in-exile were a group of other leading rinpoches, or reincarnate lamas and teachers. These Tibetan clerics, or “precious jewels” as the term rinpoche means, often keep their national and international influences low profile. Kate Saunders, director of communications for the International Campaign for Tibet, says this in part because the “one thing virtually all Tibetans share is loyalty to the Dalai Lama.” Yet as His Holiness nears the twilight of his life, attention has already shifted to those who are shouldering the mantle of his spiritual leadership overseas — the Dalai Lama already ceded his political powers earlier this year. TIME caught up with four of these leaders to hear their own stories of Tibetan leadership.

Gomo Tulku Rinpoche (Photo: Courtesy Gomo Tulku Rinpoche)
Gomo Tulku Rinpoche (Photo: Courtesy Gomo Tulku Rinpoche)

Gomo Tulku Rinpoche, 22

A “Recording-Artist Rinpoche” may seem unlikely, but then you have Gomo Tulku Rinpoche. He hails from the same Gelugpa lineage as the Dalai Lama, who recognized Gomo Tulku’s reincarnation at age three.

While his previous incarnation reportedly enjoyed ritual dance and music, Gomo Tulku takes this passion to an entirely new level. Three years ago he quit the Sera Je Monastery in south India to pursue a music career in Italy. That was not an easy decision. Since age 7 he’d been trained to become a teaching monk. Without telling anyone, “I booked the tickets myself and I left,” he recalls. “Being a lama, if that is my role, as a teacher, then at least I need to know what life is.”

Today he has created his own sound, one that trades traditional chant for a fusion of contemporary hip-hop and R&B with some slash and pop, and on July 28, he is set to release his first single, “Photograph.” Gomo Tulku works with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition and its 160 centers worldwide even as he is busy “spitting lines.” Here’s the line he spit for TIME: “I’m constantly dazed and confused, I never cease to be amazed by the views.” It’s an impromptu composition, but nevertheless it reveals his honest approach of self-discovery. As he describes it, he is trying “to find myself in a different way and experience life and share it with my people” and to “have that direct interaction instead of being on the throne. I want to come down with you guys, just chill with you guys and talk.” Read the rest of this entry »

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