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By Britta Das

Usually noticeable as a mystical paradise on the finish of the area, Bhutan is inaccessible to so much visitors. Set opposed to the dramatic surroundings of the Himalaya, this beguiling memoir remembers hardships and happiness in a land nearly untouched via the West.

When Britta Das is going to paintings as a physiotherapist in a distant village sanatorium, her solid intentions are placed to the attempt amid monsoons, fleas, and startling stipulations. yet as she visits houses within the mountains and learns the mysteries of Tantric Buddhism, the rustic captivates her very soul. Gaining insights into the traditions of the magical nation, Britta makes neighbors, falls in love, and battles illness.

Throughout all of it, as she writes, she concerns concerning the "destructive nearness of technology" and fears that Bhutan's appeal and innocence might quickly be misplaced. nonetheless, Bhutan has persevered for hundreds of years, and there's no denying that the rustic has remodeled her existence without end.

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If we cling now, we suffer later. If we let go and respond with compassion or friendliness, we create happiness and well-being for the future. 25 ba sic t r a in ing Dependent origination begins with ignorance or confusion and ends with suffering. It is the map of how we create suffering, but it is also the path to avoiding suffering. There are twelve links in the cycle of cause and effect, and these links explain how we create and relate to karma. We are all born into a state of ignorance. We learn how to respond to experience through internal and external conditioning and karmic momentum.

In the beginning we are all floating downstream. At some point we become aware that the currents are dragging us down and that we are no longer satisfied with the status quo of human existence. We realize that life is passing us by and that true happiness is not going to be found by merely floating downstream. So we turn to spiritual practices as a tool to find the satisfaction that has been eluding us. Meditation and spiritual principles give us the tools to start going against the stream. In the early days and months of practice it can be a struggle simply to stop floating down the stream in the old habitual way.

Here’s another way to put it. We are not the mind or its contents, nor are we even the experiencer of the mind. The mind experiences itself. So our practice is to overcome identification with negative thoughts through renunciation. When we let go of or renounce aga inst the st re a m 32 ill will and the satisfying of lust, we cut off suffering at its root causes. Renunciation is not about pushing something away; it is about letting go. It’s facing the fact that certain things cause us pain, and they cause other people pain.

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