19 May, 2014

Bhutan, The Land Of The Thunder Dragon

Every time that I stepped off the plane in Bhutan a feeling of ease and tranquility settled over me

High in the Himalayan hills, surrounded by the world’s tallest mountains is the land of the thunder dragon, Bhutan.  This mythical place worships it’s Kings and Queens and has a Tigers Nest on a cliff over looking the valley below.  The people of this land devote their entire life to prayer and meditation for their own liberation and for the benefit of all sentient beings.  Every time that I stepped off the plane in Bhutan a feeling of ease and tranquility settled over me.  Bhutan is a very sacred place that is steep in tradition and folklore.  By no means though is Bhutan an easy country to live in.  Because of adversity, challenges and uncertainty, the Bhutanese people have carved out a way of living that is simple and pure.  Having visited Bhutan nine times and been fortunate enough to travel half the land, I can truly say it is one of the most awe-inspiring places and it has changed my life forever.  Weather it is sitting and meditation in the Kyichu monastery that was built in the 7th century, or hiking the 3,000 vertical ft. to Taktsang monistary or receiving mantra initiations from monks in unknown Dzongs; Bhutan is a once in a life time travel opportunity., 
“Om Mani Padma Hum” is just one of the mantras I was initiated into by a monk in the Punaka Dzong.  Reciting it every morning 108 times around my Mala I wish “May all sentient beings tap into their jewel inside their white lotus and realize that all beings have that light of life and deserve to be treated equally with respect, love and joy.”

Parts of Bhutan are changing and adapting more consumerism ideologies

In our western world of physical stimulation and non-stop content blasting us at every corner, it is such culture shock to tap into the essence of a country so devoted to a conscious way of life. With that being said parts of Bhutan are changing and adapting more consumerism ideologies.  The cycle of life teaches us to experience, to feel and to live while being conscious of the moment, because that moment will never last.


Tim Omi

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1 comment:

  1. Love your perspective hope to share this experience all going well Uncle K


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