Vipassena is one of the most ancient techniques. Long lost to people, it was
rediscovered by Gautam Buddha more than 2500 years ago. Vipassena means 'to see
things as they really are'. It is an art of living which frees the individual
from all the negativities of mind, such as anger, greed and ignorance. It is a
practice which develops positive, creative energy for the betterment of the
individual and society.
The path (Dhamma) is a universal remedy for universal problems and has
nothing to do with any religion. It can be practiced freely by anyone without
conflict with race, caste or religion, in any place, and at any time and it will
prove beneficial to everyone.
Nepal has many places where you can uncover further truths through
Like the other significant parts of the Nepali heritage Astrology too links
its origin to the Vedas, the major source of virtually everything (for the
Hindus) written thousands of years ago.
Mesh (Aries), Brish (Taurus), Mithun (Gemini), Karkat (Cancer), Simha (Leo),
Kanya (Virgo), Tula (Libra), Brishchik (Scorpio), Dhanu (Sagittarius), Makar
(Capricorn), Kumbha (Aquarius) and Meen (Pisces) are the 12 signs of the zodiac,
and in Nepali they are called Rashi.
In Nepal the moment a baby is born, the first thing they do is note down the
exact time of birth. Then it is given to the astrologer, who according to the
position of the different planets in the solar system at that precise moment
prepares a Cheena (horoscope). Cheena is a rectangular chart, which indicates
the degree of influence of the planets from the solar world on the people born
to a particular Rashi, highlighting the positive and negative aspects of ones
life. When Nepali's are having a difficult time they go to their astrologer with
their Cheena for consultation.
Astrologers are also consulted on various occasions like rice feeding,
sacared thread and weddings. Tika in
Dashain, Bhai Tika in
Tihar, including a
series of national festivals, are occasions when the astrologers are involved in
choosing auspicious hours for these festivities to take place. When a person
dies their Cheena is taken to the crematorium or ghat along with their dead
Yoga = 'Unity', 'Oneness'. Came from the Sanskrit word "YOG" which means "TO
JOIN". To many, the thought of yoga has an image of postures (Asanas) to develop
flexibility, general body health and awareness. This is just the beginning.
While the main point is to reach the highest goal of the spiritual path,
practicing yoga can give benefits to everyone regardless to their spiritual
The Eight Fold Path of Yoga looks deeply into the morality of living. It
consists of: Yama (self restraints), Niyama (self observances) Asana, Pranayama
(breath techniques), Pratyhara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana
(concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (identification with pure
There is an inter-relationship between yoga and meditation and you can decide
to focus more on either one or both together. The Himalayas have played a big
role in self realization. It's isolation from the world and ideal environment
makes Nepal an ideal place to practice yoga.
Kathmandu is where you'll find yoga classes most. Notice boards in
restaurants will advertise current courses and activities.
Nepal is the birth place of one of the greatest healers known, Shakyamuni
Gautam Buddha. Today in the Kathmandu Valley many monasteries and schools is
where the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha can be heard, the same as it was two
and a half thousand years ago.
What makes Buddhism unique is its scientific and logical explanation of life,
without an outside creator. The Buddha tells us we are responsible for our lives
and environment, and that with practical methods we can achieve enlightenment in
this very lifetime. Buddha's teachings of peace are practiced as a way of life
and are more relevant today than ever before. Peace begins from within our own
hearts and minds.
Two of the largest Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world are in the
Stupas attract thousands of
Buddhists and visitors each day. Many monasteries and schools of Buddhism offer
teachings for those wishing for peace of mind and happiness.
In ancient legends, it was taught that Shambala lies in the heart of the
Himalaya and the Himalaya lie in the heart of many Buddhists, where Shambala
exists. To see, experience and listen to the words of Buddha there are many
places in Nepal and you will not be disappointed.
Ayurveda has been practiced in Nepal since the beginning of time. The Himalaya
is the base of purity, clarity and harmony, which is the goal of every living
creature. Nepal is one of the richest countries in flora ranging from tropical
to alpine in such a small area. A lot of the flora is use for medicinal use and
is considered part of the cultural heritage of the country.
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning "the science of life" or "a natural way
of living". Ayurveda includes yoga, meditation and the natural and spiritual
sciences. The objectives of Ayurveda are the development of awareness to lead to
desirelessness, the promotion of health and long life, prevention and curing of
disease, and to understand and to correct imbalances and restore harmony in the
To understand Ayurveda in more detail you can visit an Ayurveda practitioner
Homoeopathy is a system of natural remedies made from animal, vegetable, and
mineral extracts. These remedies are prepared so they are non toxic and do not
cause side effects.
Homeopathy and Ayruveda have their similarities, but in homeopathy there is
an unusual thing where different medicines are used often to treat the same
condition in different people, and the same medicine to treat different
conditions. In Homeopathy it is the patient that the practitioner looks at
rather than the disease or illness. Ayurveda and Homeopathy can be used
The Ministry of Health has a homeopathic division, and practitioners and
pharmacies can be found all over Kathmandu city.
Tibetan medicine is one of the oldest known medical traditions. It is a
science, an art and a philosophy that provides a holistic approach to health
care. Diagnostic techniques in Tibetan Medicine include visual observation,
touch and interrogation.
This involves checking the patients skin complexion, the
color of blood, nails, faces, and other general conditions. Special attention is
looked at the patients tongue and urine.
Pulse reading forms the most important touching method in Tibetan
medicine. After ensuring an important set of preconditions, the physician
proceed with the pulse diagnosis by placing the three middle fingers on the
patient's radial arteries.
Interrogation forms an important clinical aspect of the
diagnosis. There are three main elements to an interrogation. Determining the
causative factors, determining the site of the illness, studying the signs and
symptoms; this involves the doctor asking the patient about what sort of food
and drink they have been consuming and what kind of physical and mental
behaviors they have been experiencing.
Tibetan medicines take various forms, from decoctions, powders, general
pills, precious pills, and syrups, and are prescribed in small doses - the
emphasis Tibetan medicine places on gentle treatment.
There are several Tibet medical centers in Kathmandu, which can be visited
for consultations. Study in this field may also be possible.
Faith Healers and Tantric Healing in the Himalayas
The "Jhankris" are shamans, who, with garlands of bells around their necks
dance and chant at the beat of the drum, which they play in the possession of
spirits. The ritual sometimes involves sacrifice of either a rooster or a black
goat. They are simple people, a broomstick, some grains of husked rice, a pinch
of ash, incense sticks, water, charged with tantric spirits is all they need to
come out with a miracle to heal.
India saw its great tantric period between the 7th and 13th centuries. The
visit of Padmansambhaba, a great Indian spiritual master, during the 8th
century, introduced his own type of Buddhism to Tibet After the 13th century
came the Mugal invasion in India which was responsible for the tantric cult to
come to Nepal and Tibet. When in Nepal "Gubhajus" who came from the highest
priestly class of the Newars got his hands on to the cult. But it was the Lamas
from the monasteries in Tibet who had access to it. Over the centuries tantrism
has become a big part of faith healing both in Nepal and Tibet.