I wrote my last shedra exam on December 26th. My original plan was to travel to Bodhgaya with my classmates, celebrate our graduation and make prayers for world peace at the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo. That’s the thing about plans, I guess, sometimes karma takes us in another direction. On December 28th, I was asked to… Continue reading Life after graduation
I don’t think the world will end on December 21st, 2012. That being said, I haven’t posted on this blog of mine for… oh dear, eight months! So, taking the possible end of the world as a lame excuse, here we are: This has been a weird year. I found out early on that I… Continue reading Just in case the world does end…
While posting photos is something I intend to continue with, I thought I had better write a little something. Back in December I managed to get through yet another year’s final exams. It was, as always, a huge challenge and probably my most productive time of year. My subjects this year were: Key to the… Continue reading Study, practice, and my eighth year.
Here is something that I’ve been thinking about lately: There are no other international students studying in our shedra program. (shedra, for those of you just tuning in, is what we call our college of Buddhist philosophy) Usually, every year or so, I get a query about studying here at Namdroling. Not this year. Nonetheless,… Continue reading Westerners in shedra – where are you guys?
It’s that time of year. I have 23 days to study for final exams. Today is the fourth day. This is actually my favorite time of year, when I get to really appreciate what I’ve been taught. Unfortunately I just don’t have time to blog about it. So thanks for following my blog, I’ll get… Continue reading Exams… again
Students in their seventh year of shedra have a special task during the ‘rainy season retreat’. They must explain a passage of Mipham’s spyi don ‘od gsal snying po (available in English as Luminous Essence) and then answer questions. The student does not get to pick what she will explain. The student’s name is drawn.… Continue reading The oral examinaton
Teacher: Repeat after me: May all sentient beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. Students: May all sentient beings be free from suffering and the classes of suffering. Teacher: You want to be free from the classes of suffering? Fine, you may leave.