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How to relax and not spend ALL of your life studying

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How to relax and not spend ALL of your life studying!
Are you spending too much time on your studies? Are you so busy in gathering knowledge that you are missing out living life itself? If it is so, maybe it’s time to take a break and relax. I think studying books might quench your curiosities, give you valuable knowledge and help you build a marvelous career or make you famous, but what is the point if it is stealing away this very moment of your life? Here are a few tips on how you can relax and not spend ALL of your life studying:
1.Reflect on life Books might make you intelligent and successful but only reflection can make you wise. We often want to go too far in life that we forget to check where we are actually heading. While studying can take you to a far distance, only reflection can make sure whether the direction is right or wrong. Therefore, take some time out of your mundane student life and see what is actually going on in your life. This will open up an opportunity to make …

Familiar Friends, Familiar Places: Lessons From the Dogs of Boudha

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Familiar Friends, Familiar Places:  Lessons From the Dogs of Boudha
When I first came to Boudhanath after several months living abroad in other parts of Asia, one of the first things I noticed aside from the spectacular beauty of the stupa and the sweet gentle nature of the local people, was the large presence of street dogs dotting the pathway that circled the stupa.  These pups, however, seemed like no ordinary street dogs, and I quickly became well aware of how many people, locals and foreigners alike, took the time to care for them.
Being an animal lover, I have come to develop a number of personal relationships with several of the dogs in Boudha during the course of my two years here.Each day as I walk to and from the Shedra I am met with several familiar faces—some napping in the sun in the same little nook and others joyfully running up to me for a pat on the head or a nibble of leftovers from my lunch. In many ways, my experience with the local dogs has led me to a lot of personal…

Studying In a Western Academy

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Studying In a Western Academy
I did my schooling in Kathmandu. After finishing my grade 10, I joined a diploma course in Civil Engineering which is actually a technical course. It was for three years. One can actually go and get a real job after passing the course. But thinking that I want to continue my study further, I got admitted in Rangjung Yeshe Institute. Of course I had a feeling that studying in Rangjung Yeshe would not be same as studying in typical Nepali colleges or schools but not to that extend where I had to give up the way I have been studying. It is so different being here in Rangjung Yeshe. For someone who has spent all his time memorizing and copying, Rangjung Yeshe has on the greater part taught me to make my own view. It does not matter much if one comes up with a more correct answer or not, but the way you evaluate analysis and reasoned the point is much more valued. Another difference I see compared to Nepali schools is that the staff and teachers are truly caring…
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Faxian and Us
Faxian was one righteous dude. As a Buddhist monk in China during the fourth century, he was concerned that the monastic community did not have a complete set of Vinaya texts (the texts that explain the code of conduct for Buddhist monks). Determined to correct this situation, Faxian decided to travel to India himself and bring back these precious texts. So in the year 399 CE, when he was 65 years old, Faxian set out for India with a small group of companions. He would not return to China until fifteen years later.
According to the famous account of his journey, he traveled overland, following the silk road routes through Western China, across desert of Dunhang,through Central Asia, and finally over the snow and ice-covered mountains of the Himalayas, before finally reaching the holy land of India. One of his companions died on the passage to India, and another would die during their travels within the sub-continent.
The Journey of the Eminent Monk Faxian is one of the te…

Good News from Here

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Good News from Here

Unfortunately is quite well known that the lack of appropriate infrastructure for selective garbage collection and recycling is a serious problem in Nepal. However, what maybe you don’t know is that there are some very important actions happening here along with the Rangjung Yeshe Institute – RYI.
In the spring of 2017 the Environment Committee Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling - 3R Group was founded. This group was born from the aspiration of people connected to both Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery and Rangjung Yeshe Institute. The committee is composed of monks, students and staff of RYI, lay practitioners, monastery’s workers and different professionals.
Several projects and activities have already been implemented, for example: New bins for selective garbage;Recycle station;A large compost;Special cleaning day for the monastery area and its surrounding;Waste management training for local monks, nuns from Nagi Gompa, RYI’s restaurant staff, monastery’s workers, and local commun…

RYI: A Place Understood Only Through Direct Experience

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RYI: A Place Understood Only Through Direct Experience There is nothing ordinary about studying at Rangjung Yeshe Institute compared to a typical university anywhere in the world. Even here in Nepal, it’s difficult to explain to other Nepalis that I go to a school connected to a monastery, but am not a monk, and many of the students are not necessarily Buddhist. Needless to say, it is impossible for my friends and family back home to imagine how a fully accredited university can operate within a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Since most Americans are geographically challenged, it’s even harder to explain that this “Tibetan” monastery is founded by Tibetan lamas, but not actually in Tibet, though still near the Himalayas. When asked what language they speak, it adds even more confusion to tell them that, while Tibetan is used in classes at the monastery, the local language, Nepali, has virtually nothing to do with Tibetan. Finally, when I’m asked what language my classes are conducted in, …

A Fulfilling Experience

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A Fulfilling Experience
It is said that the Stupa at Boudhanath, Kathmandu, has the power of fulfilling all the wishes and aspirations one makes in front of it. However, for me the mere fact of living here, next to the stupa, somehow represents already an accomplishment of my wishes of having a meaningful life. Here, the environment is pervaded by the spiritual life of the people, with their gestures and expressions. For instance, every single day there are hundreds of people circumambulating the stupa. People from all over the world join together in venerating this holy place. Some of them come from foreign countries excited about seeing this monument for the first time; some others arrive walking from the Himalayas, after a long pilgrimage, just to see the Stupa once in their lives; others spend the whole day doing prostrations in front or around the Stupa; and even others just want to live nearby to be blessed every day. Not only that, but also the whole area has plenty of activitie…