Vipassana Journey

8th of January 2022, i am again in the consultory of a guy in Beja (Portugal) who makes you stop smoking with quantum energy. He puts two metal crocodils on your ears and then with something that seems a pistol he shoots you some electricity into the location of your third eye. Pada, after some minutes you leave the consultory as if you never smoked, true story...its only the habit and social pressure that makes you return.

After being freed from addiction, i left for the north of Portugal. Porto, Viana de Castelo, Moncão, etc…
Being in Monção i received the call from someone, the connection was bad and i was really not understanding the purpose of the call. Finally i remembered that i had inlisted in a Vipassana meditation and was on the waiting list. Are you still interested in coming, you must be here tomorrow before 18:00. Thanks for the call, i will check if i can make it and call you after or send a message.

Checked the train connection and yes it was possible if i would stand up at 5:00 am in the morning. Here we go, by train to Madrid and then Candeleda in total around 1000km.

I had not really searched up on the course and it´s program, so i was going a little bit in inocense without knowing what to expect. I don´t know, i thought it would be nice to meet new people, sing some songs around a fire and that stuff and meditate some hours.

In reallity it is a military grade camp, you stand up at around 4:00 and go to bed at around 22:00. In between you are thougt the meditation technique Vipassana and meditate (sit) around 10 hours.

There is a really good book who explains all the details of a 10 day Vipassana Course in a personal view, higly recomend if you are interested.

So in short, in 10 days they thought you a millenial technique that was discovered by Siddhartha the Buddha, it is not tied to Buddhism as the name Buddha suggests.
It´s a simple technique and thats it, no dogmas or other religious stuff. Of course if you continue the practise it will inevitably lead you to his other teachings and also buddhism in general which has some parallels.

I have been practising Vipassana since then, every single day 2 hours per day at least. For me it has opened a door to a universal truth, which would be quite dificult to ignore or close again, so i continue to walk on the path. I am gratefull to all that lead me to take the course and in 3 days i will repeat a 10 day course in Pokhara to further deepen the technique.

Sun Salutation

Was looking for a place to practise Yoga finally after 1 month of inactivity. Went to a well know place in Pokhara, outside the announcement “Dailly Yoga Practise” from 8:30 – 10:00. Also fellow travelelers recommended the place.

Finally one day found the strenght to get up early and go there, went to the place where i thought would be the practise.
Inside is one person cleaning the room, i ask politly if he is the teacher. He says yes, but in an offended tone. He also starts saying that there are other places where I could practise. I asked him if i offended him in any way, and he questioned why I asked him if he is the yoga teacher and gets really angry.

I appologized if i unknowngly offended him, anyway there was nothing I could do, he was in the angry mode.

This day was hard for me thinking a lot about this incident. Anyway it is his angriness, there is nothing i can do about it other than sending Kind good thoughts of Metta to him. We have all our bad days 😕

After getting over this i searched for a new place and found “Mudra Yoga Studio” where i have been practising almost everyday. The teacher is funny and the classes are very demanding.

We practise Ahstanga Yoga and he reminds us to practise also alone, even if the value of a group is unmatched as we can see in this pic.

The Dhamma whell continues to turn

Today I visited 3 Monasteries in Pokhara, first the Matepani Gumba, which has the free day on Saturday, so not many monks were there and the prayer hall was closed.

Next on the list was Pema T’sal Monastic Institute, the monks were also on the free day, cleaninig windows, repairing stuff and the younger monks were playing footboll with so much joy that I stayed with them for quiet some time. After noticing my presence, their play became more competitive. Kids are just kids after all, even when this ones are already turning the wheel towards liberation at a very young age.










Next i went to the Tibetan Refugge Camp [Free Tibet] where also the Jangchub Choeling Monastery located is. When I arrived, there was an prayer ongoing in the prayer hall, the monks asked me to join them inside, so I sat in the last row and listened to the continues chants and prayers with Gongs, and the traditional trompets.
Definitly worth the visit and felling the ancient ongoing practise.

Along the Digital Path

One month has passed since I arrived in Nepal with the mission to test if i could work from a diferent country.  First 2 weeks were holidays which were spend in Kathmandu, Himalayan Mountains and Pokhara. Currently I am still in Pokhara and working remotly for a big Multinational. I use this Travel Router in order to connect to a VPN before making the connection on the available network.

Until now i did not find any inconvinience working from here, on the contrary i am really enjoying it besides some hiccups.
For example, bocked a place for one month, but after 3 days the Lakukaratcha started to appear, the small ones by the way. Really have my dificulties with them, i know it´s tropical place and very very normal. Anyway, cancelled the place and moved to another where i stayed before and enjoyed there a few days. So the new place is calm and chill i am working wonderfully, and again the Lakukaratcha appear, but this time big fat dinousauros, the mothership of them.

Couldn´t sleep that night. Really the big big one, all over the place on the floor, as soon as the light are turned off.
Again the snail with his house on the move, now i am in a place for the 3rd night and until now no Lakukaratcha. If they appear this time, i will accept them.

Other than that, the food around me is just perfect, you have any choice and it´s really cheap. For me as a vegetarian, its the holy land of food choices.

There are many people moving in Pokhara, which will go to all sorts of activities, so its nice to meet new people from all backgrounds and appearent missions.


Love at first sight

When i saw it, i was like hello. There you are, i was waiting for you.
I did something on the floor, i think with my shoes. It laid there in front of me, the perfect match.

Yes it happens from time to time, that you find the perfect walking stick on the floor.

I called it Annapurna, and the stick was a big friend for the coming days in the mountains.

We had to say good bye on the last day, as it didn´t fit into the jeep which took me back to Pokhara. Left it leanining to some building.
Hope it found a new friend 🙂

Thank you Annapurna.