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Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | Views [335]

A few weeks ago we visited  Amaravati- the largest stupa built in   India is now just a flat circle of bricks  in a peaceful park. There   are some fine carvings in the little museum , but the best ones are   apparently in the British Museum! We ... Read more >

Quiet week in Mcleod Ganj

Saturday, 13 Nov 2010 | Views [494]

Rats my last message send itself before I had finished. Here is he complete piece Dear Luz, We are having a quiet day in McLeod Ganj: home of HH Dalai Lama, many Tibetans - businesspeople and monks, Western backpackers, Indian tourists escaping the ... Read more >

Photos: back in the himalaya

Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Indian Zen

Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | Views [802] | Comments [2]

 I am settled at a computer on a dripping hot Tamil Nadu afternoon. No power for the fans, but the computers have a generator! I have just come down from the blissful hills of the Western Ghats which so reminded me of Scotland in its cool evenings and ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Saints and sadhus

Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | Views [785] | Comments [1]

South India is dripping hot - I am sweating by 7am (I try to get some exercise walking on the mountain before breakfast.)I am visiting an old friend in Tiruvanamalai -  which is where Ramana Maharshi lived and site of a mountain which VIBRATES. His ashram ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

The far South

Sunday, 17 Feb 2008 | Views [414]

I made it to Trivandrum, South Kerala, two weeks ago after an epic two day train journey - wonderful views of life and plenty of time to read. Found a massage and explored the town but nearly died of heat and mosquitoes in the night and so headed for ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Holy mountains, beaches and lions!

Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | Views [827]

Gujerat was an unexpected addition to my journey.  I went to spend a couple of days with UK/Indian friends in Baroda to see the kite festival, and ended up spending a couple of cruisy weeks exploring the joys of this rich and pleasant State.  Took a ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Ajanta, Ellora: Amazing

Sunday, 27 Jan 2008 | Views [409]

We set off in style for the two hour beautiful drive from Aurangabad to Ajanta.  As you wind down through the hills there is a terrible carparking area which is carefully designed so you have to walk through the 'shopping complex'/hassle city in order ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Ten Minutes in silence at Osho Resort!

Saturday, 26 Jan 2008 | Views [572]

After a week in Pune I was ready to find out what the maroon robed drifty-looking people were up to in the smart 'Meditation Resort', so I turned up at lunch time for the guided tour.  At the visitors Centre you are greeting by grumpy people (also in ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures

Along the motorway by elephant!

Friday, 11 Jan 2008 | Views [1108]

The Karla caves near Pune are fantastic –they date from the 2 nd century BC (same as early Ajanta) and have the largest and best preserved meditation hall in India. Heading out of the sprawling city there was SO much new building going on – all surrounded ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

Orissa - scenic,serene,sublime

Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | Views [2684] | Comments [2]

My journey here was more like surreal!! I set off into the night from Bodhgaya to catch the late train to Bhubaneswar.   Gaya railway station at night was the most unfriendly , chilly place and the train was two hours late, and threatening to be further ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Kagyu Monlam for world peace

Saturday, 29 Dec 2007 | Views [373]

I had no idea what I was signing up for when I decided to join the Tibetan community for the 25th Kagyu Monlam at Bodhgaya.  Slowly the preparations appeared: a wonderful entrance gate welcoming everyone (looked surprisingly like a Torii gate)Town started ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Gallery: Sarnath

Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Happy Barthday

Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | Views [1143] | Comments [1]

After the holy mountain we went exploring the local hotsprings which were heaving with Indian men in their underpants.  Three of our group instantly disappeared but I had set my heart on a birthday bath, and was feeling in need of a freshen up as well.... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

Once at Rajagriha on Vulture Peak mountain..

Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | Views [693]

 Early start fro the great birthday pilgrimage to the magical scene of the first mahayana teaching.  Over the past week I had hired a jeep and driver for 1800 rupees and invited various new friends to join the party.  In the end there were five folkbrave ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

A day in the life ...!

Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | Views [509]

There is some routine emerging in my glorious month at the Root Institute: waking early for morning practice followed by lovely hot shower in the clean shared bathroom and breakfast outside(well every meal is outside on the spacious patio - the upstairs ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Ten days in silence with Mr Goenka

Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | Views [478]

I signed up for this silent retreat just outside Bodhgaya a while ago, thinking it would be an excellent way to land in India.  I have avoided this style of retreat for years - the Boot Camp of meditation, where you get up at 4am and sit relentlessly ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Bodhgaya - the navel of the world

Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | Views [670]

Here in Bodhgaya life is unbelievable - the many faces of Buddhism gather in the main temple compound from 4am til well after sunset to chant and prostrate and perform their paricular rituals.  Large groups of white-clad Sri Lankans vy for position with ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Where do the women pee??

Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | Views [3411]

Well - from the main streets of Delhi, across the countryside, alongside train tracks, in the hedge at the temple in Sarnath, in fact almost everywhere you look there are men urinating.  In fact there are men everywhere and far fewer women in any crowd.... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Jo Bloggs in Delhi

Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | Views [639] | Comments [1]

Greetings from a cosy orange cyber cafe in the heart of the Tibetan Colony of Majnukatilla.  I have a small hotel room with a view of cooling vents, but a spacious vista from the balcony at the end of the hall - looking across the fields to the river.... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles



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