After spending time in ashram in Madurai (India) and buddhist temple near Pai (Thailand), it was only obvious that we experience a zen temple. Our friend Natali told us about a zen temple in Kyoto called Fumonken. “You have to stay more than 2 days and I don’t accept couples.” “But if you’re going to respect the temple rules, you can come” said Osho-san, the monk of Fumonken. Phew, sounds strict! Nervously we entered the wooden door which revealed mossy ground and neatly arranged flowers, when Fumonken monk…

After a great experience of Hindu culture in Sivanada ashram (and more info on the ashram) we decided to visit a Buddhist monastery near Pai, Wat Tam Wua.   How to get to the forest monastery Wat Tam Wua? Take a bus or mini van from the arcade bus station in Chiang Mai or Pai that is going to Mae Hong Son. The driver will know where to stop if you tell them you’re going to Wat Tam Wua in Baan Mae Suya village. Off the bus, the signs will lead…

Beneath the mountains, where the fast flowing river Ganges is still pure, there is a small town called Rishikesh. It is supposed to be the world’s center of yoga and meditation, maybe because the Beatles visited it in the sixties (but still I think it’s not so easy to find a good yoga instructor). We came here from Haridwar because it’s much more serene, just looking at some grenery and the wind in your face is fresh and nice, it almost smells like spring is coming. I miss…

”You have such nice colors!” Thanks. I think. I actually didn’t know if he’s talking about my pants or something else, like my aura. Some people here have different interests 🙂 A guy from our neighbor country spent 11 weeks in Vipassana, the silent meditation. No speaking for almost 3 months. And looks like any other guy you meet on the street. I don’t think he engages in stupid conversations tough 🙂 We chose Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram because of the program yoga vacation. We wanted to learn the…

Sri Lanka was a very comfortable country to start with. Friendly people, easy transport, good food. Nicest place for me was Hikkaduwa, very easygoing and the apartment was the best. Tomorrow at 3 am we’re flying to Chennai and there we’re starting our India journey. I wonder how different it will be. Probably a lot. I’m not sure if the wifi is as popular as here and on the 16th we’re going to meditate a lot. We’re going to Sivananda Ashram in Medurai for two weeks. Can’t wait!…

In Hinduism, Sadhu means ‘holy man’. Sadhus are ascetic, wandering monks that have been around for thousands of years. 4 to 5 millions of Sadhus live in India and have much respect because they are supposed to have special powers, like burning off karma, resolving conflicts in the families. Marijuana has an important role in their rituals. Some people fear them for their curses and some think of them as beggars. They live a meditating life in ashrams and temples, while the urban centre is all around them…