Pilgrimage to Ladakh – highlights and Ladakhi monasteries summary

Okay – wow!  I have done a lot of describing 2008 Drikung pilgrimage to Ladakh (our group was from the TMC in Maryland).  In this post, I will describe my itinerary back from India, discuss the highlights from the Pilgrimage to Ladakh and go through (attempting brevity) the list of monasteries we saw in Ladakh. Continue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – highlights and Ladakhi monasteries summary”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – winding down

There is something abundantly satisfying to the pace of life in Ladakh.  I did my laundry by hand, again, and it feels so good to be physically involved in my well-being.  The day after the Dalai Lama’s birthday was a tidying up day – needed to get some things taken care of.  Wrote postcards, spentContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – winding down”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Surprising Hospitality

My newfound friends in the fellow pilgrims left on July 5th, at 5 am.  Therefore, I woke up, but it was chilly and I was in my PJs, so I waved goodbye to them wrapped in a blanket. A bit of context, as I mention in a previous post, my kidneys / adrenals were reallyContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Surprising Hospitality”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – back in Leh

This was the last day of the group of pilgrims being together.  The rest were heading back the following day (provided the winds were good for planes to take off – this can be a problem and actually I would recommend taking it into account in your plans and leaving Ladakh a day early asContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – back in Leh”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Togden Rinpoche and the History of Lama Yuru

This material is copyrighted by M. Kirby Moore.  Reproduction without permission is prohibited. 7/1/08 – Today was a good day.  Of course you could say that about everyday that you are on pilgrimage.  However, we met with Chosje (Dharma Lord) Togden Rinpoche and Bakula Rangdrol Nyima Rinpoche gave refuge to several group members on thisContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Togden Rinpoche and the History of Lama Yuru”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – enroute to Lama Yuru (Tamisgam)

This material is copyrighted by M. Kirby Moore.  Reproduction without permission is prohibited. 6/29/08 – What a day!  The guest house we stayed at is nice!  Like wow!  Out in the middle of nowhere, in a small village is this guest house that seems like a Marriot.  There was golden buffet service in the diningContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – enroute to Lama Yuru (Tamisgam)”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Likir and Alchi monasteries

This material is copyrighted by M. Kirby Moore.  Reproduction without permission is prohibited. 6/28/08 – Beware eating raw food in India – even in Ladakh.  As I mentioned previously, I had a bad case of Delhi Belly – I was feverish, nauseous and had digestive issues all night, such that I “slept” on the bathroomContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Likir and Alchi monasteries”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – going to see the Amchi (Tibetan Doctor)

This material is copyrighted by M. Kirby Moore.  Reproduction without permission is prohibited. 6/27/08 – cont’d – After the incredible morning visit to the oracle (Ladakhi shaman), we hiked up past Namgyal’s office (he was the main guide and the owner of Yama Trekking Service) to the Tibetan Doctor.  She was a very knowledgeable womanContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – going to see the Amchi (Tibetan Doctor)”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – observing an oracle (shaman) in action

This material is copyrighted by M. Kirby Moore.  Reproduction without permission is prohibited. 6/27/08 – Wow!  I continue to gradually move through my journal, from the summer of 2008, and I am pleasantly surprised when I come upon these treasures.  We were very fortunate on this particular journey – seeing several things which only localsContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – observing an oracle (shaman) in action”

Ladakh Pilgrimage – Life in the Nubra Valley

This material is copyrighted by M. Kirby Moore.  Reproduction without permission is prohibited. I originally wrote that going to Ladakh was going to a new world, which is true, but going to the Nubra Valley was yet another new world.  It was just as dry as the world we left behind, but it had toweringContinue reading “Ladakh Pilgrimage – Life in the Nubra Valley”