This a guest post from my friend Roshan who after many long years decided to head back to his roots in the picturesque state of Himachal Pradesh in the Northern regions of India. One of the principal towns of HP is Dharamsala (or Dharmamshala) a seat of Buddhist spirituality.
Thanks for the share Roshan :)
Hi folks one of the highlights of our tour to Himachal Pradesh in Nov 2013 was our visit to Dharamsala. Nestled among the mighty ranges of lower Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala is the abode of faith, peace and knowledge. This is a hill station lying on the spur of the Dhauladhar range.
The snowline is perhaps more easily accessible at Dharamsala than from any other hill town and just a day’s trek away. This hill town is wooded with oak and conifer trees and snow capped mountains enfold three sides of the town while the valley stretches in front.
The pictures here were taken at the Tibetian Monastery (Karmapa Sect)at Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh). The atmosphere & surroundings distinctly serene and picturesque. This Monastery is located literally in the lap of Himalayas on the base of Dhouladhar Range, at Dharamsala.
Inside the monastery a large congregation of Buddhist monks were reverentially conducting their prayers. While the proceedings were on, we
noticed the lamas (teachers) and student monks deeply engrossed in chanting in their booming voices unmindful of the surroundings & activities around them. Chanting as you may be aware is the traditional means of preparing the mind for meditation.
Having quietly entered the hall we walked closer to their idols, admired the tastefully crafted & painted deities and took pictures. It was so peaceful that we squatted cross legged on the floor for a while trying to soak in the powerful vibrations in the surcharged ambiance before tiptoeing out of the hall. All this while, the gathering of monks continued their practice totally unmindful of our presence – as if we did not exist. You can imagine their concentration & single mindedness.
When we finally left the monastery the rhythmic deep chants continued to resonate in our minds for a long time. The whole experience was out of the world and deeply transformational and we came away with a feeling of belonging and peace. Such is the power of their prayer.
A few beautiful pictures of the Buddha statues appear below:
We’ll end this post with a few words of the Buddha’s wisdom. “Holding on to anger is grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else: you are the one who gets burned.” ~ Buddha