Just back from spending a wonderful three weeks in N.E. India and Nepal - visited the usual Buddhist Holy Sites and then spending the last week based within walking distance of the Mahabodhi Temple.
Did an all night meditation there - locked in the grounds at 9.00 p.m. and not released until 4.00 a.m. at the earliest. And so it seems were the largest number of howling, fighting, yelping, cushion-stealing homeless dogs in the world. Did a lot of "bearing with".
During this last week we also visited Nalanda, plus The site of the Fire Sermon, and the caves of the Site of the First Council.
The last two need one to have a fair degree of physical fitness as well as common sense - Maoists are active in the area, and our group had to stay within sight of each other while climbing to the Site of the First Council. Hundreds of stairs need to be climbed at each of these two sites, and we went even further up at the site of the Fire Sermon ... right up to a Hindu temple on the peak above. The views from all the sites were incredible, as well as their feeling of power .... similar to the power emanating from the Mahabodhi temple during meditation near it.
I learned not to worry about being un-ladylike and panting and sweating .... or even leaning on the wall while gasping loudly.
I also discovered that there is a different art to coming down - especially if you have sore calf muscles ~ it worked better for me to lead with the sore leg.
Didn't want to come home - could have stayed another few months .... but, not being a millionaire and having bill to pay, I needed to come back to work.
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---