May be you already saw this great bhutanese film « Travellers and magicians » made by a famous bhuddist teacher Dzongsar Khyentse Rimpoche. If you have not seen it yet, rejoice as you have a great movie night
before you…and those who already saw it I suggest you look at it again. It is really a nice film, a great story (still very relevant : the apple picker story is just very up to date these days in Bhutan !) nicely filmed and a very good description
of Bhutan, its customs, its people, nature…
We just come back from a long travel…we have been with the family in Bumthang (Tho wrote about it in his great blog : havinhtho.blogspot.com). Travelling as a family really
is quite WONDERFUL ! And as said in my previous blog, travelling with children you discover another Bhutan, flowers by the side of the road, sudden « sand puddles » to play in, a sweet little dog, other small children and the kind
smile of kind people who love children !
So many « little things » that we grown ups tend not to see and not to apreciate enough…right ?
We look for « special » « great » »unique »events…children
enjoy a piece of wood by the side of the road, a kind persons attention, running along a little path, laughing laughing and laughing …running, jumping, playing…listening to stories sitting by the Bukhari in the evening…stories of travellers
and magicians, of mountains, gods and spirits…
And yes just as in the movie travellers and magician we did meet nice fellow travellers on our way : The lovely GNH team and Nasiphel community with whom we shared this very sacred
and deeply moving event of the Kandjur ceremony. Everyone who was there « was meant to be there » I could feel this deeply ! it was a big and yet intimate event where « destiny » spoke in a very joyful and significant
Big ceremonies in big temples are wonderful but also tend to be more formal as here in this little temple it was so intimate and so « simple » and yet GREAT !
Our 3 grandkids were so
happy there. They played with other children specially the Lam’s daughter , an old grandpa monk babysitted them and there was not a strict separation between ceremony and just « life », children, dogs, cats, wondering in and out…old
grandma’s and grandpa’s, little children….all those who are closer to a spiritual experience were there !
Pema the landlady of our home stay just fell in love with little Sofia ! You should have
seen her looking at her ! Her heart was wide open and her attention fully on this little miracle girl ! True loving kindness
On the day we were leaving Bumthang by plane, we also met some really nice fellow travellers,
and actually most of them we had met before or knew of them etc (oh this is Bhutan !) As our plane was delayed one monk who was there stranded with us in this tiny airport, took us to get the blessing of Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche in his
nearby monastery. Rimpoche just came out of a solitary retreat and so it was a blessing to be able to meet him….and for us travellers and magicians a wonderful way to end this part of our journey,…because as you all know…the journey continues…