Our trip to Bhutan was a wonderful gift from the Universe, full of possibility. One of our first sights was this old timber bridge in Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan.
While visiting holy places in the mountainous Himalayan country of Bhutan in 2008 we climbed narrow precipitous paths with our guides, never sure how far away the precious caves and monasteries were. Taktsang Palphug Monastery (known as Tiger’s Nest) is 900m above the floor of the Paro valley, and even from the half-way point it looked impossibly far away. One ancient story tells how Second Buddha Padmasambhava (The Lotus Born) flew to “Tiger’s Nest” from Tibet on the back of Yeshe Tsogyal, whom he transformed into a flying tigress for the purpose of the trip. Since these exotic events in the 8th century a series of buildings around his meditation cave have made up the monastery. It seemed fanciful that we could climb up there!
However our guide encouraged us, we moved slowly onwards, and were then offered a very short side trip to another special place. Tempted by the possibility of feeling a connection to a great spiritual woman, we agreed. Now we were climbing even higher than Tiger’s Nest, and sitting to rest we could gaze down upon it’s many roofs.
A tiny cave awaited us at the top of our climb, a great woman teacher Machig Labdron had supposedly lived and meditated there for many years. As with all these important spiritual sites a small temple now surrounded the cave.
We sat in these amazing precious places, imbued with the spiritual practice of so many over the centuries, and added our small offering to the vision of awakening peace, love, joy, cooperation and understanding between all beings. What a possibility!
Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum