As you read further about each of the masked dances, I can assure you that a tad bit of Guru Rinpoche’s divine energy will flow toward you, as you think of him and simultaneously imagine the intensity at which each performance is taking place.
An example of buddhist cultural traditions, this relatively small-scale event in the Chokhang Vihara of Leh, portrays the peaceful and non-violent methods of the Tibetan Buddhist community, in response to the injustices that the people of Tibet have been and are being subjected to, in Tibet, by the People’s Republic of China, and to the various atrocities happening around the globe. Sitting and participating through three days of the Dolma Bhumther, I learnt a lot of things on a personal level, but most importantly, I learnt that ‘hurt’ cannot combat ‘hurt’. ‘Love’ can combat ‘hurt’.
Heavy-duty iron guard collars with spikes are often fastened around the necks of these dogs to give them a slight advantage in the event of an intensely aggressive rebuff with the elusive snow leopard.
I was in the middle of nowhere with wild animals galloping around me. I felt more alive.
The literal meaning of ‘Dubdi’ in the local language is ‘the retreat’. You get a full feeling of this retreat when u walk around the main monastery on the well kempt grassy meadow, and enjoy the sights of the ginormous Juniper trees and a number of chortens that are constructed around the monastery.
Last week, while camping near the village of Dhaula, which lies in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, on the Uttarakhand side of the Himachal-Uttarakhand border, we faced a shortage of vegetables for dinner and subsequently got engrossed in foraging for the leaves of the Papri plant which grew abundantly in the forest around our campsite.
The ridiculously dense forest, the extremely eerie atmosphere, the raw and un-cut visuals, the Rhododendron bloom, the unadulterated mix of nature and the sheer beauty of it all, are some of the things that lend an unimaginably peculiar vibe to this trail.
Deep down in the distance, as the holy Ganga flows solemnly toward Rishikesh in all its might and calmness, it acts as a natural partitioning line between the Pauri and Tehri districts of the Garwhal region of Uttarakhand. Even though the Pauri district is right across the river and bang opposite Tipli, there is a notable change in dialect and culture.
The sight of so much water, the cool breeze and the ripples caused by it, the dense cover of trees, birds chirping, a badling of playful ducks, the simple and relaxed conversations of a few villagers, all of these things rendered a very cooling and restful effect to the atmosphere.