Thursday, December 13, 2007

26 November 2007 - Lumbini

To Lumbini Gardens in the morning. Things weren't the same as in previous year. It was kind of quiet and stall were getting less. After Lumbini Gardens, we rickshawed to Holiness' Monastery, Great Lotus Stupa. We hit right smack into their lunch/off hours and we were told the gates will be opened again at 2.00pm. It was only noon then. Started throwing names like we are from Ratnashri Center Malaysia etc etc. We asked to see Khenpo so and so and finally it worked. We were ushered in thru the back way as they did not want to be seem double standard as there were quite a number of people waiting to go in too. We were shown around and had tea with some lamas. We then adjourned to our favourite haunt for lunch - Peaceland.

After lunch, we went on to Kapilavastu. And faith would have it that we had a tyre puncture right in front of Bhante's temple. After paying our respects in the middle of the road and exchange of pleasantries we journeyed on to the kingdom of Buddha's father.

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