Weeks at a Monastery in Tibet - The Final Story 2024

Hey there! I wanted to tell you about my little experience spending a few weeks at a monastery in Tibet.

1. Weeks at a Monastery in Tibet.

It was tough getting used to the lack of amenities, like no shower for almost a month, no one to talk to, not to mention the chilly winter weather. However, looking back, it was an awesome experience!

2. From the City to the Mountains.

The title "From the City to the Mountains" has a romantic feel to it. It's similar to the narrative of going from a Getto neighborhood to an affluent town that's often portrayed in rap music, which I used to enjoy in my 20s. Living in the city can be challenging, and there are numerous distractions that demand our attention. It is important to set aside time for introspection to gain a better understanding of ourselves and implement beneficial changes. Therefore, the best option I found for myself was going to a monastery by myself for a few weeks.

3. Chatting with Thoughts.

Have you ever noticed that when you spend a lot of time by yourself, you start talking to yourself through your thoughts? Well, I wanted to share with you some of the things I've been chatting about with myself when I was staying at a monastery for a few weeks.

4. Business World & Ego Hunter.

In the business world, it's easy to get caught up in pursuing profits and let our egos take over. But when we start to prioritize our egos, we end up causing ourselves more harm than good. We might get distracted by entertainment as a quick fix, but soon enough, our egos are back in full force. We all go through a cycle, but we can break it by being kinder to ourselves and focusing on what truly matters. Sometimes, our ego mind tells us things we shouldn't listen to. It's important to recognize this and not let our thoughts control us through becoming an Ego Hunter.

5. Buddhism & Lazy Master.

Talking about Buddhism is something we enjoy, especially when we're feeling good about ourselves. Discussing the teachings when enjoying delicious meals and giving in to our ego's demands is easy. However, things can change when we venture to a remote place, like a mountain. It's like confronting our ego head-on, which helps us become more muscular.

Sera Horsehead Buddha, Weeks at a Monastery in TibetPhoto: Sera Monastery Horsehead Buddha

6. Ego Hunter is Back. 

The Ego is nourished by anything that promotes selfishness or distance from the truth. One of the best ways to understand our ego mind is by finding a comfortable spot to sit and observe our thoughts. I recently spent a few weeks alone, which was one of the highlights of my year since I had the chance to focus on myself and my thoughts. It's incredible what we can learn when we take the time to listen to ourselves genuinely.

7. Great Milarepa & Thoughts Watcher Part.

According to the wise Jetsun Milarepa, a dog will repeatedly chase after a stick thrown at them. Still, a lion will only tolerate a thrown stick once before turning toward the person who tossed it.These teachings from the Great Yogis are handy when you're alone. We'll even learn to appreciate our breath, something we might have yet to consider while hustling in the city. By becoming more appreciative, we'll unlock the secret to happiness.

For information on the most valuable lesson taught by the esteemed Milarepa, please refer to our comprehensive biography which includes significant stories.

8 Grass is Greener on the other side. 

Sometimes, we get caught up in the idea that the grass is always greener on the other side, especially when living in a city with many options. But constantly thinking about what's next can lead to unnecessary stress and suffering.

Drigung Til monastery

Photo: Drigung Til Monastery

9. Impermanence is not a bad news.

Impermanence is a universal truth; anything impermanent is also susceptible to death. And death is not a bad news. Because of death, we can find meaning in our time as everything becomes precious, and we make the most of every moment. The wise words of numerous esteemed teachers advise that if one wishes to pursue the path of dharma, one must do so with the mindset that today may be one's final day on this earth.

After spending a few weeks at the monasteries, I learned some brief insights. Next, I would like to recount a brief anecdote from my day trip to a Chakrasamvara Monastery in Sinburi, near Lhasa. May everyone be blessed with good karma.

10. Demchok Chakrasamvara Monastery near Lhasa.

Recently, a Monk and two of my friends visited a small monastery called Sing Bu Ri near Lhasa to paint gold on the Buddha statue. The purpose of our trip was to offer this act of devotion. One of my friends, who was a Tour Guide, met some devoted Buddhist Travelers who made donations. With the donation money, my friend bought some gold paint and enlisted the help of a professional monk from a nearby monastery to assist with the painting. It is believed that painting gold on the Buddha statue will bring about many positive results and good merits.

At around 10 am, we begin our day by driving towards the airport. After an hour's drive, we arrive at a small monastery called Sing Bu Ri. Outside the monastery walls, I read about its history and translate a summary into English. Although the exact date of construction is unclear, it is believed to have been built in the 12th century by the renowned Indian scholar Pandit Bibuti, who was invited to Tibet by the Sakyapa sect Tibetan scholar Sonam Gyaltsen.

The monastery was constructed for an important reason. In 1204, another Indian scholar named Kache Panchen was invited to Tibet and stayed at the Drangsong Singburi Monastery. When three other monastery masters, Kyopa Jigten of Drigung Kagyu, Karma Kagyu of Tsurphu Monastery, and Gyamawa of Kadam, extended an invitation to Kache Panchen for a blessing, Pandit Bibuti spoke unfavorably about the Kagyu sect and encouraged Kache Panchen to accept the Kadampa sect's invitation.

Demchok Chakrasamvara

Photo: Demchok Chakrasamvara Deity

Pandit Kache Panchen advised Bibuti to meet Drigungpa, who is an emanation of Buddha Nagarjuna, to receive teachings and purify negative karma. Later, Pandit Bibuti went to Drigung Monastery to receive teachings from Drigung Kyopa Jitgten Gonpo, the founder of Drigung Kagyu. 

Kache Panchen asked his Yidam Dorje Naljorma if there was any way to purify Bibuti's Negative Karma. Vajra Yogini Dorje Naljorma suggested building a statue of Buddha Chakrasamvara in the Singburi monastery. Kache Panchen then built a precious statue of Chakrasamvara Buddha in the monastery's main shrine. 

Many great masters from different schools of Tibetan Buddhism visited Sinburi Monastery to obtain blessings from the statue of Buddha Chakrasamvara. I meditated briefly inside the monastery of Chakrasamvara Buddha. Demchok means endless happiness. Despite the cold weather outside, I felt warmth inside. Thanks to Buddha Chakrasamvara, may the merit of this precious story bring enlightenment to all beings.

11. Conclusion.

All the information I've shared comes from my notable ancestors and not from any spiritual experiences. :) My spiritual well-being is still at the learning stage, and I acknowledge that I still need to work hard on my path to enlightenment; I humbly request the Guru's blessings through prayer.

I am grateful for taking the time to read about my brief stay at a Tibetan monastery. I hope that accumulating merit can bring peace and happiness to all living beings. If you are interested in learning more about meditation, I have written an article on the advantages it offers. Please click here to access it. If you have any suggestions to make the article better, please feel free to leave a comment. Your help would mean a lot to me. Thank you for your time!

Written By :Tenzin

Feb 03, 2023


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