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Tibetans in Exile in India. The Golden Temple at Namdroling Monastery

Dedicated to the Teachings of Wisdom and Compassion of the Buddha and the Palyul Lineage of the Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism.

Located amidst the sandal groves a few hours from Bangalore and Mysore, in Karnataka state, South India, Namdroling was established by His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche shortly after he came to India from Tibet. With only 300 rupees in his hand and with just a handful of monks, he laid the foundation stone of the three-storied main temple that then covered an area of 80 square feet. His Holiness the Dalai Lama consecrated the spot and bequeathed the name "Namdroling Monastery." Today the monastery is home to nearly 5000 monks and nuns, renowned as a center for the pure upholding of the teachings of the Buddha.

Below are the pictures of the Golden Temple and its peaceful, serene surroundings taken during our ecent trip to Bangalore, Mysore and surrounding areas in Feb/March 2008.

In 1681 Mudda Raja selected the central but inaccessible site of present day Madikeri for the capital of the independent Hindu dynasty of Coorg. A fort built in 1812 by Raja Lingarajendra II and the hilltop Omkareshwara Temple overlook the relatively quiet town. Raja’s Seat, a picturesque little garden, commands a panoramic view and beautiful sunsets.

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Tibetan Settlements Around Bylakuppe

Southwestern Karnataka is also home to the largest Tibetan settlement in India outside the Himalayan belt. Both recent refugees from Tibet and those born elsewhere, live here in a landscape and climate that is a far cry from Tibet but, as one monk pointed out, with one crucial consolation: they live without fear and practice their faith in freedom. With the cross-border migration of thousands of monks in recent decades, India also seems to have emerged as the destination for higher Tibetan Buddhist studies. But unlike most Tibetan settlements in the Indian Himalayas, the monasteries here appear to be larger and more opulent. The shiny Namdroling monastery even has gigantic gold-plated statues of Tibetan deities which, in contrast with its own teaching, must provoke awkward questions in the mind of many a visitor.

Namdroling Monastery

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Darjeeling – the champagne of narrow gauge railways

View from train carriage window

The views from the train’s windows are some of the most spectacular in the world, and if you look closely it is sometimes possible to see Mount Everest in the far distance.


Comment: The similar train exists in the hill station Shimla where it is said that one can jump off it whilst in uphill motion, relieve oneself in the privacy of the nearby bushes and get back on it again without any commotion.


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India’s remote, hidden & divine beauty but sadly not for long


Comment: Since this is the happiest day of the year, I thought of sharing some images that uplifted my spirit.

Daily Inspiration

The presence of God is not limited to the human species, so we must also discern God in other-than-human life forms. These forms must be within

the reach of our concern and compassion. Our understanding of God

grows as we learn to recognise God’s presence in them.

Anantanand Rambachan, professor of religion

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To a saṃnyāsī a largest diamond not worth a carrot

An Indian Village Tale

A sunnyasi (Hindu holy man: in Hinduism, a person who has reached the fourth and final stage of life as a mendicant. Sanskrit sanyāsī "somebody who renounces") of great spiritual attainment came to the outskirts of a village in India. He was camped under a tree for the night when suddenly a villager came running to him, screaming, “The stone! The stone! Give me the precious stone!”

“Which stone?” asked the sunn’yasi.

“Last night, Lord Shiva appeared before me in a dream”, said the villager, “and told me that if I went to the outskirts of the village at nightfall, I would find a sunn’yasi who would give me a stone which would make me rich for the rest of my life.”

The sunn’yasi rummaged through his knapsack and took out a stone. “Probably he talked about this”, he said, extending the stone to the villager. “I found it lying on the path in the forest a few days ago. Take it, I give it to you”, offered the sunn’yasi with all simplicity.

The villager looked at the stone in amazement it was an enormous diamond. He took the diamond and went away quickly. All that night he tossed in his bed and could not sleep. The next day at dawn he woke up the sunn’yasi, returned the gem and asked, “Give me the inner wealth which has made it possible for you to part with this diamond so easily.”



"A Sunn’yasi cannot belong to any religion, for his is a life of independent thought, which draws from all religions; his is a life of realisation, not merely of theory or belief, much less of dogma".

 – Swami Vivekananda


Sunn’yasi does not belong to any religion or religious group. Sunn’yasi has no leader or guru, and no "axe to grind" other than to share our knowledge with you in the hope that we may turn the spark of divinity which burns within each one of us, into a flame. Michael Curley (web site


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