Why in the mountains?
Dear friends around the world,
As you know I love beautiful mountains and dwellings in the mountains. I’ve found some beautiful pictures of mountains, waters and desserts of China. Some are just breathtaking and when I see something beautiful I just want to share with others whom I feel might appreciate it also. This post is of amazing environments I wish I can live in. You can enjoy the pictures in your own relaxed leisure time. No rush and just enjoy. Just seeing some of these pictures is so relaxing and beautiful. May I share some the beauty of these places in China with you. Yes, all of these places are in China. China is a land of great ecological diversity. Personally most of the pictures are of forests, mountains and lakes because I personally since a very young age have had a longing to live in the mountains. Let me explain more.
I wish all of you the opportunity to engage in deeper and more retreats as you get older because by retreats, we get closer to our Yidam (personal tutelary deity) and our Buddha within (mind) us. Retreats purify tremendous karma, stabilize our mind, overcome our obstacles, give us real purpose, good preparation for future lives and give us a chance to focus solely on ourselves in a good way. In the correct way. It is the best way to spend the little time we have left. We should always prepare for future lives as taught by the Sage Shakyamuni, Conqueror Tsongkhapa and Heruka Pabongka Rinpoche in Lam Rim. We should be enthusiastic about that because it is for ourselves and we are the only one that can do this for ourselves. Meeting dharma is the result of karma collected in previous lives to afford us this opportunity to prepare. How lucky we are!! That is why I am attracted to mountain retreat houses. In the scriptures it is recommended we do quiet solitary meditational retreats preferably in natural surroundings as it will help us to gain attainments and higher insights. We can do intense meditations in the cities, but we will have to be very advanced in order to remain in concentration. In between meditation sessions, it is important to see clean clear environments and breathe fresh air. Natural environments such among nature very much helps in spiritual development.
So many times in life we want to do something good for ourselves by travelling, eating, getting lots of money, joining parties, dressing up, socializing, vacationing, finding partners, finding name and in the end we end up more unhappy and more bitter than we can imagine. We end up a race against time we have little left of. This is not because we are bad, but because we approached finding happiness in all the wrong places without knowing it. We became more lonely and bitter than when we started. Thanks to our good karma, we found dharma, the most important find in our lives. Happiness only comes from peace we find within by the light of dharma wisdom we have applied. One of the ways to develop this wisdom is through our spiritual learning, spiritual convictions, contemplations and practice. We have to keep on learning and not stop. We can take it with us. The best thing we can ever do for ourselves is to get closer to our Yidam. And quiet retreats is one of the best ways. Having the fortune to spend time often in retreats contemplating, offering, praying, reciting mantras and focusing on the Yidam is the best way to spend our lives and free time. We have little time left. Our bucket list should be nothing else but to practice dharma because this has the real worth at death. All the great Mahasiddhas of the past gained their great attainments this way. All that we hold holy became holy this way. All that is holy exist to only point this way to us. So they show an infallible method and example to us. We are blessed. We must get closer to our Yidam. This should not be future tense always as we are not devas with immensely long lives. Our minds with the Yidam’s mind must merge by retreats, practice, learning and compassion. This is the best preparation for death and life. And all lives to come.
I have always sought the mountains, lakes, forests and solitude for this. My strong attraction to the mountains is primarily for this reason. I wish to share this with you. Because in the mountains is where there is solitude and one can get away from the hustle and meaningless bustle of samsaric robotic life. Sharing the mountains and the dwellings is to share a spiritual message of retreats and therefore joining with our Yidam with you. I wish to share what makes me happy with you and what will make you happy represented by these mountains/ dwellings. So on this special post I will share beautiful pictures of the mountains that bring back a ‘memory’ of dwellings in mountains perhaps for me from a different time and place. This is my most heartfelt desire and what is deep in me and you are invited. May you all realize and achieve and be loved and love without barriers.
My love, humility and genuine care to all of you. I sincerely wish deeply all of you will gain highest attainments and ascend to Kechara Paradise. May it start when you engage in the practices in natural solitude.
All these beautiful pictures of nature are in China. China has a great ecological diversity. Physically a beautiful country. I hope you enjoyed all these pictures as much as I did. These pictures evoke something deep within me. Something spiritual.
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- 8 Holy Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites – Part 2
- Daibutsu- The Great Buddha of Kamakura
- Vajravarahi Caves in China
- 10 of the world’s best meditation retreats
- China’s HUGE Buddha Statues!!!!
- 74 Grand Statues of the World
- Excellent Travelogue of holy places in Tibet
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