|Route||Kathmandu >> Mahadevbesi >> Kathmandu|
|Date||23rd January, 2016|
|Report By||Yashasvi Raj Pant|
|Participants||Lava Kafle, Lekhnath Bhusal, Mohan Thapa, Yashasvi Raj Pant|
|Photos By||Mohan Thapa|
|Creative Support||Kanchan Raj Pandey|
|Edited By||Sonam Chhedon|
Yashasvi Raj Pant
While working on my desk penetrating the deep world of software codes, I got a notification for an email message. It was about one day Vipassana Meditation Session at Bhikkhu Sadhana Sthal, Dhading. I filled up the form at a glance as I have sought for such kind of spiritual opportunity for long.
Finally, the day came. It was Saturday and I had to do the most difficult task in the world, i.e. waking up at 5 AM in the severe cold season. Surprisingly, I woke up faster than my alarm phone, may be due to the excitement. I went to our office and joined Mohan for the exciting journey. On the road, we picked up Lekhnath and Lava. So, finally I realized that we were only 4 for the meditation, may be due to the effect of cold season. Finally, we reached our destination Bhikkhu Sadhana Sthal. It is located around 1.5 kilometers on the left from Mahadevbesi Bazaar, Dhading, on the way to Ranibari. Mahadevbesi is 36 Kilometers from Kathmandu, 10 Kilometers west of Naubise bazaar. I got a chance to meet Bhante, Chandra Bodhi, who was doing 7 months long meditation and broke the silence rarely for any urgent Dhamma talk. As quoted by Mohan, I was very lucky that there was Dhamma talk that day. I got to know about the 5 practices everyone should follow.
- to abstain from killing any being
- to abstain from stealing
- to abstain from all sexual activities
- to abstain from telling lies
- to abstain from all intoxicants
After interacting and getting precious knowledge from Guruji, we were welcomed by a delicious breakfast. The journey was already inspiring and fun, thanks to Lekhnath's inspirational talks, Lava's entertaining talks and Mohan’s friendliness. At around 10 AM, we started the meditation. We were instructed to keep our concentration in our breathing process. Yeah, it was another difficult task, at least for me. As said by Lekhnath
Our soul is like a wild elephant, it travels wherever it wants, but it needs to be tamed to see the real joys of life
“Our soul is like a wild elephant, it travels wherever it wants, but it needs to be tamed to see the real joys of life”, I tried to bind my mind in a defined territory and got partial success. I was happy with that, at least in the beginning.
After one hour and 30 mins meditation session, we had delicious lunch with some inspiring and entertaining talks. Then, we again started meditation. This time, I was a bit more concentrated and I felt very peaceful state of my mind. After meditation, we watched some inspiring videos.
At the ending session, Bhantejee talked about the life of Gautam Buddha and told us how he turned from Siddartha Gautam to Lord Buddha. After that, we ended the session with prayers.
Then, we returned back to Kathmandu discussing about the meditation experience and other different aspects of life. Overall, the journey was very fruitful and I returned home with peaceful and inspired mind.