This week’s virtual retreat takes us to Kathmandu, Nepal. Unlike some of the other retreats we have been on, this one is at an actual retreat. The Asura Cave located near the village of Pharping is a cave sacred to Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. A holy place of quiet contemplation, the wind can be felt moving through the area. During the later part of the 20th century the cave was restored and a monetary was built around it.
Caves were often used by many religions as places of contemplation, meditation, and hermitage. Secluded and secure from the majority of dangers, they were quiet and allowed connection with the earth.