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Ven. Sangharakshita

Ven. Sangharakshita

Attending his talks and meditation teaching in the late 60s Was responsible for my taking up dharma practice I will always be grateful to him. He passed away in 2018


Taizan maezumi Roshi

Taizan maezumi Roshi

Roshi accepted me as his student and ordained me as A soto zen monk in 1983. I studied shikantaza and koans with him He sadly passed away in 1995.


Choje Lama Phuntsok

Choje Lama Phuntsok

Lama gave me my getsul (novice monk) vows At leksheyling near Kathmandu. He also gave me the Vajrakilaya empowerment and Phowa practice transmission.


Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche

Khenpo Lodro Donyo Rinpoche

Rinpoche gave me my Gelong (full monks) vows at Bokar monastery at mirik, near Darjeeling. He very kindly presented me with the Namjar monks patchwork robe and the monks alms bowl.

 

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Visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau, 1st June 2016

A trip that for personal reasons I needed to make.

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Standing at the gate to Auschwitz 1. The saying over the gateway translates as,
“work will set you free”. Free as we now know meant death.

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In the centre of Auschwitz 1, a bright sunny day, but dark memories!

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Standing near some of the ruined buildings of Birkenau, which the Nazis tried to destroy as the war was coming to an end.

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Standing alone at the spot in Birkenau where so many little children were taken from the train, and sent to their death. I felt numb standing here, lost for words.

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Here I am walking up what was called “the road to heaven”. Victims taken from the train were sent immediately up this road to take what they were told was going to be a shower.

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Behind the barbed wire of Birkenau are some of the remaining buildings where people who did survive the gas chambers, lived in hell.

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Visit to darjeeling and gangtok in India, February-March 2017

I have been to this part of India more times than I can remember,
but I never tire of visiting this area that I have come to love.

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View from my hotel window in Kolkata, on my day of arrival. A typical Kolkata street, hot and dusty.
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On the road from Siliguri to Darjeeling, I pass Sonada monastery, once the seat of the late Kalu Rinpoche.
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Standing in front of Bhutia Busty Kagyu monastery. The monstery is about 1 mile down hill from the centre of Darjeeling. It feels more like 3 miles when you are walking back up!
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On the balcony of “the hot stimulating café” in Darjeeling with the lovely Tibetan owner Lily. I met Lily on my first trip to Darjeeling in 2003, when she taught me how to make momo (Tibetan vegetable dumplings), we have remained good friends, and I have visited her many times.
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In the upper shrine room of Rumtek monastery in Gangtok.
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Trying to make friends with a dog and a cat at a Tibetan café, but as you can see, they totally ignored me.
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Trying to keep the sun off at Rumtek. The sun can be a killer at that altitude.
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Sunset seen from the balcony of my hotel room in Gangtok. I did my evening meditation on the balcony, with a beautiful view across the valley to Rumtek monastery.
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I stopped to talk to some monks who were fasting in protest at the Sikkim government not allowing the Karmapa (head of the kagyu tradition) to visit Rumtek.
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On the road from Gangtok, back to Siliguri you pass many monkeys, a wonderful sight. Sikkim really is a land of monks and monkeys.

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