A peaceful experience warms the heart and fills the soul. Who would have thought that I would ever be where I am in my life’s journey? After many years of just getting thru the day, after the death of my son, I finally have peace in my heart. I have seen and experienced so many things in the last couple of years, but one of the most peaceful experiences came when I visited the Sumtseling Monastery in China.
At an altitude of nearly 11,000 feet, and housing close to 700 monks and lamas, the Monastery is a buddhist temple in Shangri-la China. It was chosen by the 5th Dalai Lama through divination in 1679. This Monastery was also given the nickname “Little Potala Palace” due to its unique cultural layout, and because it resembles the Palace in Lhasa.During our visit, we were able to discover some of the Tibetan Buddhism traditions.
Upon arrival, I realized just how incredibly majestic this Monastery really is. As is everywhere in China, you come to expect a sea of stairs to climb to get to where you want to go…the top! And with the high altitude and steep set of stairs, it was a slow, breath taking (literally) ascent for some.
The top, where we wanted to go, is where the main scripture hall is located, which is in the center of the compound. The hall can hold up to 1600 lamas. While we were there, llamas gathered in the hall chanting a long, deep chant that went on for hours. It was so peaceful listening to the chants while the smell of incense lingered in the air, while gazing out over the Monastery at the mountaintops across the lake.
We stopped along the way to peak in doorways and crevices, seeing the monks living quarters on either side of the stairs. Monks were scurrying about, cleaning, offering blessings, studying and chanting, all donned in their red robes.
I received some beads with a blessing of “peace and happiness” to me and to all who hold the beads. I would like to share this
blessing with you. I have disassembled the beads
and made them into wine glass charms. If you are interested in a special Tibetan Monk blessing, message me and I will give you the details.
Wishing you all peace in your hearts and a blessed, happy life.