Enlightenment Experiences in Tibet
Having been to Mt Kailash several times I cannot help but let you know that it is the most amazing place to visit and walk around. It carries the core essence of spiritual enlightenment for 6 spiritual traditions
I went there twice with Paramahamsa Nithyananda, the enlightened master from South India. The environment is highly appealing for me, particularly because I have spent so many years searching to live in those high meadows above the trees and just below the glaciers.
Much of my life has been a quest to be in that alpine zone, where the flowers make brief appearances, the air is clear and vibrant and life is beginning. I want to share two videos with you. One from the Buddhist tradition and one of the Hindu.
The second video I wrote the script for and did a lot of the filming. I had so much fun running ahead of the group with the camera to capture those long distance shots of the group moving, either on foot or by Land Cruiser. This is the video that contains footage that I filmed At Mount Kailash, the most sacred mountain in the world http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3khqOrL0tAk
The journey to Mt Kailash begins for many people in Kathmandu Nepal. This city is one one of the most fun cities in the world if you are spiritual growth, enlightenment and spiritual life coaching. The city of full of the local people from many different traditions and is the focal point for huge Buddhist temples and teaching centers, as well as a very sacred city for Hindu worshipers.
From Kathmandu the road takes you into the Himalayas, up and up to a pass at about 11,000 ft at the Tibet border. The border is actually with the country of China. From this border it is a 3 day drive to the foot of Mt Kailash, across the high plateau of the Himalayas.
Once at the foot of Mt Kailash there are many side journeys to take. One of my favorites is to go to the monastery that is on the shores of Lake Mansarova, the sacred lake associated with divine female energy at the base of the mountain. This monastery is where the famous enlightened saint, Padmasambhava is said to have lived and meditated. This monastery has the most amazing location. From some windows you can see Mt Kailash and from others you can see the Lake Manasarova.
This is how Wikipedia describes Padmasambhava:
Padmasambhava[note 1] (lit. “Lotus-Born”), also known as Guru Rinpoche, is a literary character of terma, an emanation ofAmitabha that is said to appear to tertons in visionary encounters and a focus of Tibetan Buddhist practice.
In the eleventh and twelfth centuries there were several competing terma traditions surrounding, for example, Vimalamitra, Songtsen Gampo, Vairotsana and Padmasambhava. At the end of the 12th century, there was the “victory of the Padmasambhava cult.”
Although there was also a historical Padmasambhava, nothing is known of the “obscure Indian sorcerer” apart from him helping the construction of a temple at Samye at the behest of Trisong Detsen and shortly being chased out of Tibet.
On the return journey, once in Kathmandu an optional excursion is to fly over the Himalayas and around Mt Everest. This can be done in a morning, as the weather often changes and becomes poor in the afternoon and evening.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padmasambhava#cite_note-1
When going to Mt Kailash I recommend that you plan to undertake the 3 day journey or pilgrimage around the mountain. This is called a Kora in Tibetan. The trail follows a valley system that is approximately 30 miles long, connecting different creek drainage’s and passes. The highest pass is about 18,500 feet. Today the journey can be done with quite a bit of assistance. Yaks can be hired by guides and outfitters. You can ride on a pony if you choose to. There are hotels, very basic, on two of the nights of the pilgrimage.
I recommend that you train extensively before going to Mt Kailash if you are planning to do the pilgrimage route. I recommend that you hike for a couple of hours a week and also have a spiritual discipline developed so that you can take advantage of the boundless space that is available for you in the spiritual dimensions on this pilgrimage. From the perspective of spiritual enlightenment and spiritual life coaching this is the trip of a lifetime. Do not miss out!!!
Thanks and I hope to see you there!