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13th April 2017
In this weeks blog we are going to interview our lovely therapist Eniko, Lorraine our lovely mindfulness teacher is going to tell you a bit about her visit to Nepal. We will also have a mindfulness tip and tell you a bit about our upcoming events! Enjoy.
Lets Meet Eniko!
Louise: Hello Eniko – what therapies do you offer here at Samye Foundation Wales?
Eniko: Hi, I offer reflexology and aromatherapy massages.
Louise: Do you do any pregnancy treatments?
Eniko: Yes – I do aromatherapy massages and reflexology massages; I do a 90 minute mum-to-be reflexology & massage treatment.
Louise: That sounds lovely. How long have you been a therapist?
Eniko: 7 years!
Louise: Wow that’s a long time – what do you like best about your job?
Eniko: I love what I do, just to help people feel better and look after them.
Lorraine's trip to India & Nepal
We arrived on Saturday 25th March in Khatmandu and we were met by Damien who lives in Lazimbat which is about an hours taxi drive from Boudha.
On Sunday we went to Boudha. Ordered hand painted Green Tara Thangka from Damien's trusted Thangka painter shop and then went to Le Sherpa restaurant, it was lovely and we met Damien's teacher Norbu Tsering Rinpoche.
We spent Monday in Thamel Ason to visit the markets and Mahakala temple. Lots of walking that day. There was an exciting Nepalese style horse festival, Newari procession - a whole procession of women which was very fascinating - people wearing masks - quite clearly in trance.
On Tuesday morning we met Nischal and Damien told us the history of the Newari people. We visited Pharping and viewed the giant Guru Rinpoche statue being built. We visited the cave where Guru Rinpoche reached enlightenment. There are images of Tara and Ganesh which arose from the rock by themselves.
Then we put names of all of the people and the centre on the prayer flags so that everyone would receive the blessings and hung our flags on top of hill. Quite a steep climb then went to the Vajra Yogini temple. We then went to Nina's restaurant which is frequented by the American embassy - it was an amazing place in a tranquil setting with beautiful plants and birds.
On Wednesday we went to the amazing city of Bhaktabur which is an ancient Newar city. We saw ancient temples. We learnt about an architect that lived their many years ago, he was asked by China to build in China - hence the pagodas we now see in China.
We saw the red Tara shrine. The pottery shop there was amazing, we also went to Patan statue city we visited Damien's statue maker and the Golden temple called Heranya Varna Mahabihar
On Thursday we went to Bouda and bought lovely things for the shop. We did the Kora walk which is when you walk around the famous stupa. We met up with Elaina and Nina's friends and met Damien's friends Robert and Rupi. Our taxi driver Ramesh was amazing.
On Friday we boarded our flight to Delhi from Khatmandu airport after waiting for Thangkas to arrive by courier.
This was my first visit to Nepal - and certainly not my last.