Infidel’s, Kafir’s and Mushrik’s of the World, Unite!

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"I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them" -Quran, 8:12 Infidels are blamed by Muslims for every problem in the world, and the solution suggested by the them is that the whole world must turn Islamic to ensure peace and prosperity, … Continue reading Infidel’s, Kafir’s and Mushrik’s of the World, Unite!

The Himalayan Boon : A Buddhist Pilgrim’s Guide to Nepal

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For the Practitioner, Upasaka,Wanderer, Traveler,Seeker and all those on a journey of Self Discovery! Introduction Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is a landlocked country, sandwiched between [Chinese Occupied] Tibet in the North and Republic of India to the South with a population of 26.4 million. It is separated from Bangladesh by a … Continue reading The Himalayan Boon : A Buddhist Pilgrim’s Guide to Nepal

The History of Yoga in Antiquity

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Yoga is union of the individual self (jivātma) with the supreme self (paramātma). — Yoga Yajnavalkya, Classical Yoga Text Yoga is the oldest spiritual tradition in the world. Yoga means ‘union’ or ‘connection’. In Sanskrit, the word ‘Yoga’ is used to signify any form of connection. Yoga is both a state of connection and a … Continue reading The History of Yoga in Antiquity

Ashtamangala – The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhist Tradition – Part II

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“Whatever is not yours … your letting go of it will be for your long term happiness & benefit.” -- Sakyamuni Buddha In the second/concluding part of the article Ashtamangala  - The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, I will cover the remaining four auspicious symbols i.e. The Precious Parasol, The Golden Fishes, The … Continue reading Ashtamangala – The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhist Tradition – Part II

Ashtamangala – The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhist Tradition – Part I

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“Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow him as you would a guide to hidden treasure.” -- Buddha Sakyamuni Prologue - Ignoring our Buddhist Cultural Heritage When I ask fellow Buddhists whether they are aware of ‘The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism’, I am met with blank stares or confused … Continue reading Ashtamangala – The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhist Tradition – Part I

The Nine White Banners of Mongolia

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"Remember, you have no companions but your shadow" - Genghis Khan, 1st Khagan of the Mongol Empire,Khan of the Mongols and King of Kings ( 1162-1227 ) In the 13th Century, Genghis Khan established the Great Mongolian State and initiated the Nine White Banners as symbols of ceremony. Mongolia’s Nine White Banners or, "Yoson Kholt … Continue reading The Nine White Banners of Mongolia

Songtsen Gampo : The First Emperor & Dharam Rajah of Tibet

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History that our parents knew but was never taught to us and may never be taught to our descendants! Tibet before Emperor Songtsen Gampo’s Reign Prior to the rule of Songtsen Gampo Tibet was ruled by the Yarlung Dynasty. The Pre-Imperial Tibet refers to the Yarlung Dynasty Era of Tibet, before the rise of the Tibetan … Continue reading Songtsen Gampo : The First Emperor & Dharam Rajah of Tibet