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On the way to Lumbini

Finishing up my last day here in Kathmandu Valley area (I'm amazed how it feels like I've been here much longer than a week) and today headed to Lumbini in southern Nepal via a local night bus. Close to the Indian border, Lumbini is a holy and spiritual area, believed to be the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. The bus leaves Kathmandu and, barring landslides, protests, power outages and Maoist blockades (all of which have impeded travel in the past few weeks) arrives in Lumbini early tomorrow morning, just in time for a nap and quick tour around the area. Tomorrow afternoon I begin a Vipassana course at the Center near Lumbini. Vipassana meditation (or seeing things how they really are) is an ancient meditation technique, originating in India nearly 2500 years ago. The meditation is taught at retreats held at these centers, meaning that Saturday starts ten days of Noble Silence (no speaking, writing, eye contact) and focus on meditation (roughly ten hours a day). Challenging, life changing, eye-opening, incredible, difficult, beautiful...all comments I've heard about the course. More comments from me in a week and a half....

Posted by gwolf2328 01:11 Archived in Nepal

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It sounds as if you're starting an incredible journey within an incredible journey. We'll be looking forward to hearing about Vipassana, love, ebww

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