|Suriya Namaskar Tableau in the new IGIA, Delhi|
On the stopover in Delhi from Malaysia to Ladakh I saw this new bronze tableau in the new Indira Gandhi Int'l Airport. It is quite impressive. It would be nice to see such inspiring sculpture in Western airports.
I am in Leh, Ladakh since June 29th. The elevation here is 3,400 meters and it requires visitors to lay low and rest the first day before doing any long walking around.
I am staying at the Mahabodhi Int'l Meditation Center (MIMC) in Choglamsar which is situated about six kilometers from the center of Leh city. I was warmly welcomed by Bhante Sanghasena, the founder and spiritual advisor of MIMC. He kindly invited me to stay here until September 8th. I conducted a ten day retreat at the secluded Sambodhi Meditation Center located in a remote corner of the sprawling Devachan campus. About fifteen of my students from Germany, Sweden, Sri Lanka came all the way for this purpose, as well as for additional sightseeing and trekking. Others from various countries participated making a total of 28 persons attending.
The following photos give a glimpse of the beautiful surroundings and retreat activity.
|Driveway to Mahabodhi Global Family Guesthouse|
|View of Guesthouse Office and Hospital (right rear)|
|Green spot in the center is the Sambodhi Retreat Center|
|Individual meditation cells on Milarepa hill|
|The sprawling Devachan Campus with meditation at right|
|Approach to meditation center|
|Sambodhi retreat campus|
|Meeting with Bhante Sanghasena (center) and other visiting monks|
|View from meditation center across the Indus River to Stk village and Stok Kangri peak|
|Sunrise and Sunset hill for occassional yoga and meditation sessions|
|Kuan Yin Bodhisattva of Compassion|
|Memorial stupa for four Malaysian Mahabodhi devotees who lost their life in a car crash in Ladakh|
|Milarepa meditation rocks|
|Meditating under rocks|
|View from porch of meditation hall|
|Morning yoga in front of meditatiom hall|
|Heading over to ring the Peace and Wisdom bell on the last day|
|Sending out the vibrations of Peace and Wisdom over the Himalayas to all sentient beings|
|Returning for meditation on the hill|
|Ending with the Lion's roar|
|Various sayings of the Buddha to contemplate|
|Tying the blessing string on participants|
|Bhante Sanghsena congradulates blesses all the participants for their sucessful retreat|