Another month in Nepal

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From December 27, 2016 – January 26, 2017, I was again in Nepal, this time teaching a few energy   therapy self-care classes, visiting my Nepali friends and Healing Touch students. The above photos are from such a class that I taught at the Young Men’s Buddhist Association (YMBA) of Lalitpur, Nepal. 

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While there, I also had the deeply spiritual experience of attending a 10-day mindfulness retreat at the lovely, serene Kopan Monastery, on a hilltop overlooking the Kathmandu Valley.

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This was followed by a 4 day visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of  the Gautam Buddha, just north of the border with India. Along with seeing the actual site of his birth (in the 600’s BCE), I was able to visit the numerous temples, stupas and monasteries scattered over the 30 sq. Km. Lumbini Development Zone. These were erected with funds from Buddhists in many different countries, and are built in the style of those countries. Fascinating and deeply moving. Here are a few photos of my favorites:

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