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There’s a beautiful place in the hills of Helambu, Nepal called Melamchighyang, a valley also known as Yolmo. Trekkers pass through this valley going to or coming from Langtang and unbeknownst to many this hidden land is a sacred pilgrimage spot for Tibetan Buddhists. These valleys, also called Beyuls are hidden lands scattered through Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan blessed by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) as places of refuge. Today you can visit the caves where he practiced and make offerings to the geographic features associated with Dharma protectors. Ian Baker wrote in the “Heart of the World”, They are places where physical and spiritual worlds overlap and Tantric practice effectiveness increases with multiple perception dimensions. Making these even more magical and mysterious places then meets our ordinary eyes.
Buddhist texts indicate beyul are discovered when the planet is approaching destruction and the world becomes too corrupt for spiritual practice…which seems right for the times we’re in now. There is much that has been predicted and prophesied by Guru Rinpoche and other realized beings that has come to fruition in current times. Enough to give me goosebumps just imagining the incomprehensible web of karma we weave while plugging away, unknowingly sealing our own fate. But! Not to worry. In this life there is more than meets the eye and more than just what we think. I am one for believing just about anything because why not. There is so much we don’t know and that is endless but beyond that there are states to be realized. A realization is an experience and thus a space we can operate from not just a concept. Our relationship to our external world can put us on spin cycle if we don’t have discipline or know what to be disciplined about so it’s good to start asking questions and checking everything for ourselves.
In the meantime here are pretty pictures of a place that is closer to something beyond.
May all beings realize the nature of mind.