Our visit to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

DALAI LAMA

When you start your journey, whatever it may be, most of the times you have a goal in mind. Something great to aspire, a goal that matters to you. Your goal might – at the end of your journey – answer all of your problems. Wellness Deluxe is one of the results of our journey. Our goal was to be inspired by the best wellness worldwide. 

As soon as we started wondering where we could find the best wellness, we had to define what we considered as the best wellness. Since wellness is a abbreviation of wellbeing and fitness, we noticed that the best wellness consists of both fysical and mental elements. Searching for the best wellness also meant we would need to go on a mental journey. It would meant, we would need to speak with spiritual leaders to know more. People like the Dalai Lama…

And so we adventurously booked our flights to Dharamsala, home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We needed to know!

The monastery in Dharamsala

We booked a flight to India, and via Dehli we arrived at Dharamsala. We stepped of the plane at the airport, the jet engines deafening and the snowcapped foothills of the Himalaya’s looming behind us. A friend of us arranged to sleep at a monastery, near Thecksen Choeling, the place where the residence of the Dalai Lama is located. We had no fixed plans whatsoever, and we had never expected our journey to start this well. But we made it. We were actually close to the residence of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Better said, we were sleeping at a monastery, where many monks, with close relations to the Dalai Lama, where sleeping. Tomorrow, when the sun would slowly arise behind the impressive mountains of the Himalaya’s, we would pay a visit to the residence of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama.

Inspirational morning talks

We had to wake up around 6AM. Early for us, late for the monks at the monestery. Monks have many daily rituals, and they start early. They believe that a positive start in the morning can positively impact the rest of your day. We noticed that most monks have sleep schedules somewhere around 10-11 P.M. to 3-4 A.M. Buddhist believe that adopting a schedule closer to human rhythm helps to feel happier and be healthier. 

After our breakfast at 6AM, with bread and butter (simple yet delicious and the best we’ve ever tasted!) a monk walked in. We explained why we travelled to Dharamsala, we were searching for happiness and wanted to find answers at the foot of the Himalaya’s, in Dharamsala. We asked, totally naive (we know, but asked it anyway) if we could meet with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. He told us that the Dalai Lama is not feeling well these days and therefore the chance of meeting him would be small. But he would check with the Dalai Lama.

Meanwhile, we sat down with a friendly and happy monk who lived at the monestery.

We asked about his daily rituals that consisted of two morning meditatations. He explained us that the first meditation of the day is with tea, while the second one is together with a group of monks. In Buddhism, chanting is a traditional mean of preparing the mind for meditation, especially as part of formal practice. Some forms of Buddhism also use chanting for ritualistic purposes.

We asked the monk about his thoughts of achieving ultimate happiness. You can watch the video of our morning talk. We hope you like it!

Change your mind

According to our friend, it is not what you have or what you get, but how you percieve it. Happiness is a way of percieving. And to achieve it, we should not change the world. We should change our perception. The acceptence of what you already got, leads to happiness. As long as you allow yourself.

Maybe happiness is not a destination to arrive at. To achieve ultimate happiness, all we have to do is change our mind.

Hopefully, we will meet His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, tomorrow. And if not, we are still happy!

Mark Denslagen

Inspired and intrigued by cultures from all over the world. By listening. Watching. Learning and wondering. Trying to select the best luxurious wellness worlwide. Slow down and enjoy the quality of life. Because, if not us, who? And if not now, when?

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