Buddhism is a concept of the religion founded by Gautam Buddha. It is not only a religious belief but also a spiritual practice and spiritual tradition. 7 percent of the people of the world are Buddhist. Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal, 563 BC. He got enlightened and started to spread the message of peace to the most of the Asian countries so he is called as the ambassador of peace of Asia.
The main philosophy of Buddhism can be categorized into three parts. They are four noble truths, eightfold paths, and Pancasila. The Buddhist philosophy is written in three Tripitakas. Three Tripitakas are:
- Binaya Pitak: This is the scripture of Buddhism which includes the rules for the monks and nuns.
- Shukti Pitak: This part of Tripitaka has the sermons of the Buddha.
- Abhidhamma Pitak: This is the book of the collection of the philosophies of Buddhism.
Here are the four noble truths of Buddha:
- There is suffering in life
- There is the reason for suffering
- There is the way to be free from the suffering
- The way of being free from suffering is eightfold paths
- There is suffering in life: Suffering is the part of our life which is inseparable for everyone who is born in this world. We are born here with the suffering. We have to be in suffering in our life until and unless we don’t get enlightened. Buddha focused on the fact that life can’t be imagined without suffering. Suffering is as true as our life is. It is said that who is enlightened, he or she should not be born in this world. If we have some Karmic debt, we have to born here in this world.
- There is the reason behind suffering: Buddha’s teaching always clarifies the reason for everything and the solution of every reason. The main cause of the suffering is the desire. How much we get in our life, we want more and more. The chain of gaining will not over. There are unlimited desires in human mind. The human can’t be satisfied with the worldly affairs, world’s achievement. There are limited resources to fulfill our desires but we have unlimited desires so the available resources can’t fulfill our desires. The nature of desire is like a pot where we can’t put anything because it doesn’t have the lower part so from where everything can fall.
- There is the way to be free from the suffering: There is the way to be free from the suffering. Buddha’s teaching is very scientific because he raised the hypothesis that there is suffering in this world and at the end, he gave the exact solution of the hypothesis. Now, we have the hope that we can be free from all the sufferings of the world. It is in our hand to be free from all the sufferings. If we want, we can be free from all the pains and discomforts.
- The way of the freedom of the suffering is eightfold path: If we practice the eightfold path, we can be free and get the liberation from the suffering of the world. They are the real solutions to our life’s suffering. They are the Real Techniques to be totally free from the desires of our life.
Right View: View means the attitude. We have to see anything that that thing is real. In a simple way, we see what we want to see. We don’t have to judge anything by our perspective. We think that death is the end of our life, which is the main cause of the fear in our life. Fear creates suffering. We have to know everything in their real existence.
Right Resolution: This is the second step of the eightfold path. In this step, we take the right resolution of our mental development. We take firm determination to love all the being of the world. We focus on being polite to others and to be sincere when we behave with others.
Right Speech: We have to speak the truth all the time. Speaking truth can lead us to the higher level in the path of liberation. If there is something harmful matter to others, we don’t have to speak. We don’t have to speak the false because false is not the way of liberation. False is not the part of the higher source.
Right Action: We don’t have to perform the action that is not right. We have to analyze whether it is right or not before we do anything. We don’t have to harm to others by our action. We don’t have to suffer others by our action.
Right Livelihood: We have to live with the minimal things that we need to live. We don’t have to collect more than we need. We don’t have to do the profession, which is the harm to others.
Right effort: We have to try to change our habits or we have to try to be better and better. We have to be able to change our overall factors of life from negative to positive. We have to be bold to be better.
Right Mindfulness: We have to try to be aware every moment. We don’t have to lose the awareness because the awareness can lead us to the higher source. We have to be guided by the real knowledge rather than the false knowledge. We have to develop our mind to accept the higher source of knowledge.
Right concentration or Meditation: We have to practice the meditation of four types. To unite our self to the higher source, we have to practice the meditation. In this state, we are free from the ego. We are able to understand the natural state of our life. The flow of life can be seen in this state.
- Not killing
- Not stealing
- To be away from sensual (including sexual) misconduct
- Not lying
- Not to be in the state of intoxication
Five moral virtues are the very important part of the eightfold path. These five virtues are the common people. There are eight or ten virtues for the monks and nuns.
Different branches of Buddhism are as follows:
Mahayana: It believes that the scripture should be changed by the time. It focuses that we all have the possibility to be enlightened in our life.
Theravada: Theravada Buddhism is the branch of traditional Buddhism. It is the oldest form of Buddhism. It believes that the original Buddhism is the pure Buddhism. It focuses on the learning the teachings of Buddha and doing the meditation. It is a very powerful concept that we have to search the wisdom.
Vajrayana: Vajrayana is thebranch of Buddhism which believes in Tantra. Tibetan Buddhism is in this category. We have to start our spiritual practice with a much matured Guru.
Siddhi (सिद्धि) is a Sanskrit word which means perfection or accomplishment. All the religions have a belief in supernatural powers. They have described different types of powers in their own words. Hindu philosophy has explained 8 major siddhis (Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakamya, Isitva, and Vasitva) and 10 minor siddhis.
Anima: The power to minimize the size of the body, even to the size of the atoms, is termed as Anima Siddhi. It is the availability to become smaller than the smallest. For example, Hanuman had subtilized his body in the time to search Sita in Lanka.
Mahima: It is the ability to increase the size of the body as desired. It is also described as “the power to become larger than the largest”. Lord Krishna had increased his body size in the course of Bhagawat Geeta in the 11th chapter. Similarly, he had maximized his body in Vaman Avatar to measure the three worlds in three steps. Hanuman had taken a huge form to burn Lanka, and to fight with Kumbakarna.
Garima: The capacity to become infinitely heavy in weight at will is said to be Garima Siddhi. It is also said as becoming heavier than the heaviest. Hanuman had made his tail heavy so that Bhima, who was having the energy like that of ten thousand elephants, could not lift it up.
Laghima: It is the accomplishment to become almost weightless (becoming lighter than the lightest). Levitation and flying are examples of this power.
Prapti: Prapti is the ability to attain anything desired.
Prakamya: It is the ability to realize whatever one desires. Such as travel/go anywhere at will in a moment, even faster than a second, the power of entering the body of another (parakaya pravesh), ability to reform and adapt as per circumstances, the power of keeping oneself youth for any length of time.
Isitva: It is the absolute lordship over the entire creation or nature. The natural phenomenon obeys to such person having Isitva power.
Vasitva: It means the ability to have control over other. Through this accomplishment, one can control senses, mind (of self and others) and matters (including elements). Through this siddhi, one can tame wild animals and enthralled people etc.
Patanjali has mentioned the ways to attain the supernatural powers as well. “Janma aushadi mantra tapah samadhijah siddhayah” which means attainment of supernatural power is by birth, medicine (drugs/herbs), mantra (incantation), penance (self-discipline), and samdhi.
Attainment of siddhi by Birth: Sometimes it happens that children born from spiritually advanced parents acquire some of the divine powers due to good karma (action) of their previous life. It is also said that they might have attained those powers in their past life as well which continued in this vary life.
Medicine: In nature, there are some special herbs, use of which can help to attain some miraculous powers. For example, Sanjivini herb could bring Laxman back to life.
Mantra: Incantation of powerful syllables or words with proper discipline helps to acquire an accomplishment. Mantra works in two ways: 1) due to the effects of the power of sound, 2) due to self-discipline that mantra brings.
Penance: Self-mastery or self-discipline makes the mind clear and purer which provides the great strength. This helps to control all five elements just by will. However, one should have an unperverted mind. The practice of Ashtanga yoga as taught by Patanjali helps to acquire this stage.
Samadhi: Through regular practice of meditation and other spiritual practices, one reaches to the stage of Samadhi i.e. oneness with consciousness or uninterrupted consciousness. After this stage, he starts acquiring different types of siddhi.
- Kamarupam (कामरूपम्): The ability to change the body in the desired form
- Durashravanam (दुरश्रवण):The ability to hear the voice of any distance location.
- Duradarshan (दुरदर्शन):The ability to see the things of any distance as will.
- Manojavah (मनोजव:):Ability to travel at the speed of thought.
- Svachchhanda Mrityuhu(स्वच्छन्द मृत्यु:): The power to leave the physical world (to die) only on desire. One can choose the time of death.
- Devanam Saha Krida Anudarshanam (देवानां सह क्रिडा अनुदर्शनम्): Ability to witness and participate in the activities of demigods.
- Aagya Apratihata Gatih (आज्ञा अप्रतिहता गति:): Giving orders that are completely obeyed.
- Yathasankalpasansiddhi (यथासंकल्पसंसिद्धि): The power to fulfill whatever is thought.
- Parakayapraveshanam (परकायाप्रवेशनम्):The ability to enter in the body of others and feel the sense through their organs.
- Tri-Kala Darshanam (त्रि-काल दर्शन):The vision or knowledge of past, present, and future.
- The caliber to know all the language including those of animal
- Knowledge of one’s and other’s past life.
- The cathexis to read other’s mind.
- The ability to make one’s body and matter invisible.
- The merit of making everyone happy and joyful
- The knowledge of all universe and planetary system.
- The knowledge of arrangement and movement of stars
- The ability to make body’s sound inaudible
- The capacity to be motionless.
- The to understand bodily anatomy
- The aptitude of finding hidden and secret things.
- The eligibility to behold the celestial beings
- The knowledge of soul and consciousness.
- The power to surround oneself with the blaze of fire
- The potency to walk on thorns, water, fire etc.
- The ability to tolerate extreme hot and cold.
- The power to be effectless from the elements: not burn by fire, not drown in water, not harmed by poison etc.
Note: Lord Buddha, Lord Krishna and other all the enlightened person have stated that it is wiser to go to the path of enlightenment than to seek for supernatural powers because these powers hinder on the path of enlightenment. These powers can never give real peace, harmony, and happiness. The final goal of human beings is enlightenment. Whenever the practitioner gets diverted towards power, he will miss the true path. So, it is suggested that not to be motivated by those siddhis. However, due to true spiritual practices, one acquires it. In other words, these powers are by product to the path of enlightenment. If one misuses it then he will ruin. One should not generate ego on the achievement of power and should not do whatever he likes. If he ignores those powers or uses them in a positive way then it will not block the path to enlightenment.
Are you bothered by the idea that your finances may halt you from taking a much-needed break and travel around the world? Are you a victim of the orthodox thought that only the rich can travel? Are you wondering how will you pay your bills once the tour has ended or how the holiday may shake your financial condition? To tell the truth, traveling is much cheaper than it was a few years ago. With the ever-increasing competition and social media, travelers can enjoy the quality experience at a surprisingly affordable rate. In this blog, we shall provide you guidance as to how you can stretch those extra cents and travel without breaking the bank.
If you are the type of person that leaves everything till the last moment, then you need to get rid of this habit. Booking your tickets and hotels in advance is a frowned upon topic among the local population but is the most effective. Last-minute booking tends to be expensive and if you’re lucky, you can take advantage of some offers as well. For instance, you can book the Bhutan tours or any Tour package from Nepal in advance to see how much you will save.
Traveling in the off-season may seem a bit boring to some but it is the most effective way to save huge bucks. During peak seasons, the ticket and local expenses, multiply by at least 3 times plus the huge crowd rips away the enthusiasm of travel. Take the Annapurna Circuit tour for example. It sees huge crowds in autumn and spring but very little in summer. The daily cost also increases. By choosing to travel in the off-season you will not only save yourself money but serenity as well.
Another great tip to save money is by using public transportation. It’s given that it may not be that comfortable, but look at the bigger picture. Choosing to travel private means bearing the cost of fuel, maintenance, and driver charges. This money can be used to explore another area. Depending on the availability and frequency of public transport, it is recommended that you choose to travel through a public vehicle.
Travelers are intrigued by the buzzing nightlife and lavish hotels and restaurants. What they should understand is that the locals don’t dine here daily and if you are to save money, then they need to avoid it. These fancy places charge a high amount which tends to be too much for many. Instead, visit the local places. You will do yourself a favor by learning how the locals live and save precious money along the way. You can even prepare food by yourself if you want to. Cooking skill is necessary if you take any extreme Annapurna Trek in Nepal.
Traveling alone can be peaceful but it comes with a huge price tag. You will have to do everything yourself and the cost will fall only on your shoulder. Instead, travel in a group as the cost of a group tends to be lower. There are many group discounts and extra benefits if you choose to travel in a group.
Visiting any place in the world requires a bit of planning. Do plan carefully as it will not only help you to save money but it’ll make your trip stress free.
To walk on the road of becoming a perfect yogi, it is necessary to check what you consume and what impact it creates on your body. There are numerous ways to learn about this subject but the best way to do it is through visiting a Yoga retreat in Nepal. A Yogic diet is a balanced diet that ancient Yogis believed had a huge influence not only over our physical well being, but also over our thoughts, and ultimately our emotional and spiritual well being. This balanced diet provides an individual with a newfound sense of serenity, and a profound command over the mental and spiritual abilities. If you take a certified Yoga teacher training in Nepal, then you can get to know about it in a much deeper perspective. At Nepal Yoga Teacher Training, the food served is fresh, organic, and contains the vital elements to make your body healthy. Yogis follow a vegetarian diet and it will be a new experience for your taste buds as well. There are a variety of cuisines which will amaze and excite you. The food in Nepal Yoga Home is served with the utmost care and consideration. This care is reflected in the plating style and in the quality of the food prepared.
2 } Accommodation and the environment
During your yoga training in Nepal, you will be spending at least a month or two in Nepal. You do not need to worry about accommodation as we have got you covered. During your stay, we provide you 3-star accommodation that is equipped with all the basic needs. Our room is spacious and each room has a twin bed with attached washroom (western style) 24 hrs. There is a facility of hot and cold showers throughout the day. Each room has a window and there, you can see a net covering the window. This is done to prevent insects from entering your room. This Yoga center in Nepal holds cleanliness to the highest regard. Each room faces a garden and you can enjoy the tranquility of nature. Enjoy the tranquility and serenity as well.
3} Staff and services
“Atithi Devo Bhava” Means the guest is equivalent to god. Throughout Nepal, guests are given utmost respect and consideration. Guests are given the same importance as God and are taken care of properly. At Nepal Home Academy, we follow this motto and our team is dedicated to serving you in the best way to provide you a homely experience. We pride ourselves in being the only Yoga institute in Nepal that gives such care and consideration to guests. Furthermore, we provide Ayurvedic treatments like massages.
4} Surroundings and approach
Nepal Teacher Training In Nepal resides in the delightful Kathmandu valley. To be clear, it resides on the outskirts of the Kathmandu valley. It mingles with the beautiful countryside and gives you a picturesque display of green hills . The Kathmandu valley houses numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites which are worth a visit. These include Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath. If you fancy short hikes and adventure, then there are plenty of hiking retreats too. The weather in Kathmandu is pleasant throughout the year. The Nepal Home Academy sits about 15 minutes away from the Kathmandu valley and you can explore it if you want.
5 } Traditional and Authentic teaching technique
We truly believe in delivering the true essence of yoga which was previously neglected due to modernization. People mostly know about the physical aspects of Yoga but it is more than that, it is a lifestyle or a way to connect to the higher self. With the real theme of yoga in mind, we at Nepal Yoga Teacher Training have developed the authentic and traditional teaching techniques to impart the wisdom of Yoga. We have various yoga teacher training courses that are designed to help you to become a yoga teacher. The classes are based on Classical Hatha Yoga which is the very foundation of every style of yoga. Our class prioritizes on the Yogic philosophy and provides learners a deeper understanding of the roots of Yoga.
6} Lead trainer and his team
Our lead trainer is a Ph.D. holder in Sanskrit Philosophy. He/She has more than 20 years of experience in teaching yoga and a very strong command over numerous Sanskrit scriptures and Yoga philosophy. He/She can deliver difficult concepts in a simplified pattern and make people understand the very norm of Yoga. His/Her team has designed yoga classes for all sorts of practitioners.
7} Schedule for the Teachers Training Student
This Yoga school in Nepal focuses on the overall growth and development of students. Students of every level can learn with the utmost ease here. The course is designed to last 4 weeks. In the first week, the major focus is on understanding the body types and capacity of the students. An emphasis is also placed on the experience of the student and his attitude towards the subject matter. This is done so that the teacher can deliver the best to the students and boost their learning abilities. The second week focuses on the overall development of the root concept of yoga by teaching various yoga philosophies. Students are taught about the anatomy of yoga as well. This week is crucial for learning yoga as it focuses on the value of human lives and how through yoga, one can lead it more wonderful. The third week focuses on skill development where we learn about the different skills to be practiced to become a good yoga teacher. In the last week, students show their skills on whatever they have learned in the course. This helps students to showcase their skills and knowledge.
8} Asana Sessions
We mostly focus on the Classical Hatha yoga. We design classes according to the level of the students in the class to accommodate everyone and to gain maximum benefits out of the session. We create classes which are anatomically fit for them and giving the therapeutic benefits as well as a modification when needed. Every asan session ends with meditation or the short relaxation to make sure that they connect themselves with the body and heal on their own. Our classes contain traditional and authentic essence behind yoga which connects everyone to their inner self and helps them to realize the cause of Life.
Ayurveda in Nepal has been developed since verities of the medicinal herb are found here. It has a glorious history in Ayurveda. Ayurvedic history is unknown when it was begun, so it is considered as eternal. Nepalese people have been using different types of vegetation as medicine from the unknown historical period for the diseases. Ayurvedic treatment was limited only in Nepal but more or less the treatment system prevailed in some other countries. However, Nepal has a vast relation with Ayurveda. There are cure and treatment in Ayurveda for all types of diseases. They also work for prevention of the diseases and increase in immunity power. So, there is a great importance of Ayurveda. The fundamental of the Ayurvedic system is same from the ancient period till now. The same system works in all periods of time. All the people used to completely depend on Ayurveda for their health. Ayurveda was the source for each individual and each family. Through the practical knowledge of the ancient people Vaidhya (ayurvedic doctor of past time), the process, theories, and philosophy has been texted as Ayurvedic literature. It teaches the ways of treatment in a natural way through herbal products as well as contains the names of all herbs, roots, trees, grass etc whichever has a meditational value. The origin of Ayurveda is the gift of Atharva Veda which mentions several diseases and their treatments. Later, there was systematic development in science from 6th to 7th century, it is called Samhita period. Many classical works were produced by a number of authors during the period. Evidence of organized medical care is found during that period. The continuous development in the Ayurvedic system has reached an advanced level in Nepal.
The geographical situation of Nepal i.e. it is situated at the lap of Himalayas; ayurvedic herbs and minerals are naturally found in a rich amount in Nepal. Nepal is inhabited place by the various loving caring prophet (rishi). The regular study of Atharva Veda and continuous fervency to rescue the beings and elongate the lifespan creates Ayurveda. About 5000 years before, there was a severe attack on India by some foreigners. Some wise men suggested that valuable things can be safe in Nepal. Thus, in addition to Nepalese valuable Ayurvedic texts, the Indian valuable manuscripts were also kept safe in Nepal. Thus, Nepal is considered to be a safe and ideal place for the progress and development in Ayurveda. Nepal possesses a great potential in Ayurveda because of climate, geographical position, great Himalayas. Nepal is a residential place of several seers, naturally, there is an expansive opportunity of Ayurveda in Nepal. Uncountable numbers of herbs which are found in Himalaya and mountains have given a glory in the field of Ayurveda. Among them, many unique medicinal herbs are never found in another land. Nepal is declared as the Ayurveda Kingdom as different ancient granthas and more than 1600 varieties of medicinal plants. Thus Ayurveda in Nepal is favorable.
As there found a great possibility of Ayurveda in Nepal, Ayurveda Education system is also developed. The ancient beginning of Ayurveda education started with Guru-Shishya (teacher-student) tradition. Some elders or other whoever had some knowledge about some diseases and ayurvedic treatment used to share their knowledge with common people. People continued to exchange their knowledge about ayurvedic treatment among the people with each other. Teacher or guru, grandparents, parents and other elder people also gave the concepts of Ayurveda to students and children. This tradition was the major factor to continue the Ayurveda concept. Slowly, school, college and institution etc of Ayurveda in Nepal were established. The great historic periods of Nepal like Malla period, Lichchhavi period, Shah period etc. were the important time for the development of Ayurveda. Some Nepali learned and disciple used to visit India to get Ayurveda knowledge from the experienced teacher, and sometimes to transfer their knowledge as well. Indians also used to come to Nepal for this purpose. Due to these activities Both Nepal and India got benefited sharing each-others’ knowledge.
For the development of Ayurveda in Nepal, Shri Tin Chandra Shamsher introduced a fund with two lakhs in 1971 B.S. for higher study of Nepali Ayurveda students in Nepal. In 1985 B.S., Ayurveda School was established in Naraveda School. Three levels of Ayurveda education with two years duration each used to run in earlier years. The progress caused to change after 2009 B.S and some syllabi were updated as well. Different courses like Ayurveda Madhyama, Ayurved Shastri, and Ayurvedacharya were started. By 2032 B.S. Ayurveda education was given from several books. Along with theory class, the practical class was conducted at Bir Hospital and Ayurveda hospital. In 2029 B.S., under the Institute of I.O.M. Ayurveda School was changed into Ayurveda Campus. This was certificate level till 2048 B.S. Some colleges were added with the class called B.A.M.S. (Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery). But they were closed. However, the program B.A.M.S. continued in 2053 B.S. Another Ayurveda Program called Sahayak Ayurveda Karyakarta was launched in 2054B.S. Mahendra Sanskrit Bishow Bidhyalaya started certificate level. As an optional education, basic Ayurveda was started in class 9 and 10.
Ayurveda Health Policy-2052 B.S. was signed by Nepal Government with the emphasis on the establishment of National Institute of Ayurveda. Many Ayurveda pharmaceuticals were established in 2016/17 B.S. Many of them were for free distribution. After 2052 B.S., more than 110-145 types of Ayurveda medicine were manufactured. Singhadurbar Baidhyakhana has more than 350 years pride for Ayurvedic medicines.
Ayurveda in Nepal has given treatment in different ways. There were seats of Bhaidhyas in Army in Rana Regime too. Many Ayurveda Dispensaries were established in many districts in 1973 B.S. There were 47 Ayurveda Dispensaries and 1 Ayurveda Hospital till 2007 BS. There were 141 Ayurveda Dispensaries and 14 zonal Ayurveda Hospitals till 2048. At present time in Nepal, there are:
Ayurveda Hospitals Dang with 30 beds—————1
Central Ayurveda Hospital, Naradevi with 100 beds—–1
Zonal Ayurveda Hospitals——————————14
District Ayurveda Health Centers————-61
Ayurveda Dispensaries ———-216
Till this date, Ayurveda class in Nepal has been progressed. There are 291 Ayurveda Health Institution in Nepal. Central Ayurveda Hospital, Naradevi has departments like Internal Medicine (Kayachikitsa), Surgery (shalya), Pediatrics (Baal Roga), ENT + eye (shalakya), Gynecology (Stri Roga) and Acupuncture. The development in Ayurveda in Nepal is continuing. To join one month Ayurveda yoga detox course click here and to join the one week introductory yoga and Ayurveda yoga course click here