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At Tushita: In pursuit of happiness

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‘It is all in the mind…’

All major religions and preachers of spirituality in the world ascertain that one has to be extremely fortunate to be born in human form among all sentient beings. ‘Karma’ or a number of good deeds over the course of lifetimes help one acquire human form on this planet. Since the human birth is so coveted, it is only rational that the human life be lived in the best possible manner.

Keep religion aside; even common sense puts forth the same argument, it is one life after all, better live it up.

And that is what we aspire to do, we do our best from the beginning of our life circle, we get into good schools, do our best to get good grades to get into good grad-schools, to earn good money, to get a good life partner, to raise our kids in the exact same respectable manner. We do not even expect something superfluous for our deeds, just good is enough. We take vacations, travel as much as we can, which has gradually become part of the same routine, part of the same circle of life. And all this while, we are constantly in pursuit of happiness and peace. So then where are we going wrong despite doing it right every time?

If you are at Tushita Meditation Centre, the teachers will probably tell you that even when you thought that you were doing it all right, the way of doing it was possibly wrong. While you were working so hard for your happiness, you should have probably tried to offer happiness to others. For love and compassion is the way of life in Buddhism and that is the karma they believe in. For what goes around, comes around.

We all have sought answers to our issues in life at some point of time. Taking the retreat at Tushita will help you understand that answers to most of our pretty complex problems are really simple. “It is all in the mind”.

It is mindful to note that our entire physical nature is actually governed by a non-physical entity called the ‘Mind’, the ‘Awareness’, the ‘Consciousness”, the ‘Conscience’, some might even call it a ‘Soul’.

Your mind doesn’t eat, doesn’t sleep and does not get tired. But sometimes, in anger, in frustration, in excitement, we lose our minds. Whatever our state in life may be, we can chose to be content simply by training our mind. While it does sound so simple, it is an extraordinary feat to achieve and millions have been at it for quite a while now.

If you think, it relates to you at any point of your life and would like to know more about it, we urge you to book yourself a silent 10 day retreat program at Tushita Meditation Center, especially the one at Mcleodganj, Dharmashala for the sake of your “Mind” and absorb only as much as you can!

Summer Escape: Dharamshala

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Distance from Delhi: 480 kms (Delhi – Ambala – Rupnagar – Una – Kangra – Dharamshala)
When to visit: Snowfall in January, trekking in summer and monsoons from July to mid-September
Top things to do: Bask in the culture of Mcleodganj, camping at Triund and other adventure activities

Dharamshala from Delhi is a little longer by road in comparison to other popular destinations in Himachal Pradesh, India. At the same time, it is an amazing road trip for the adventure seekers especially when covered on a motorcycle. Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh is surrounded by cedar forest on the edge of Himalayas.

McLeod Ganj is a tourist hotspot and popular among adventure seekers for the nature trails it can offer. With a beautiful blend of Tibetan and British influence in its by lanes, McLeod Ganj is a beautiful hill station known as Little Lhasa as well as the Headquarters of Tibetan Government in exile. If you have a soft corner for Tibetan culture, food, chilled out cafes and monasteries, McLeod Ganj is your spot.

Dharamshala offers a lot of options to get that adrenaline rush. An array of new spots are springing up that offer adventure activities like paragliding, nature-trails, soon-to be introduced bungee-jumping and zip-lining among others. Triund is a spectacular hilltop overlooking the magnificent Dhauladhar ranges at a stone’s throw distance. We were blessed with rainbows, clouds, snow covered peaks, sunshine and rain as we stepped on the ridge (watch video).

Camping at Triund is a great experience and is highly recommended. Watch the video for a glimpse of the great experience.