An Insight into Buddhism and Spiritualism

By Richard David Holden Apr 29 2022


Nepal holds a unique place in the world of Buddhist culture and teaching. Lumbini, being the place of birth of Prince Siddhartha, who after leaving his palace and practicing for years. attained full awakening, enlightenment in Bodh-Gaya in India and thereafter known as The Buddha, the awakened.. Awakened from the ignorance belief of an existing self-nature. 

Nepal is said to have also been visited by Buddhas prior to our historical Buddha of the present age, Sakyamuni. A place blessed for thousands of years and where the teaching is maintained today. Rare in this world.

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During his life and thereafter it is said that the Buddha “turned the wheel of dharma” of which the present day Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions developed… These teachings are all related to each other and all inspired by the truth that this world “samsara” is unsatisfactory in its outcomes among which are birth, old age, sickness and death. As well as the impermanent, illusory nature of all appearances in this world.

Of great importance is that the Buddha taught extensively on the path, Dharma, which leads one to liberation…How to do. At its core is the “recognition” of our absolute, non inherent ego, non-existing self-nature…From this illusion of self-arises all ignorance and accumulation of karma which results in suffering.  

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Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma by Lord Buddha

Theravada, school of elders, is based on Lord Buddha’s first teaching in Sarnath India shortly after his enlightenment. On later sutras as well.

Mahayana, the second turning, was given in Rajgir India. In addition to proper conduct and concentration as well as awareness, vipassana of mind given in the first turning of the wheel, Mahayana introduces the bodhisattva vow to attain buddhahood for the benefit of all beings….The practice of compassion takes on profound meaning as does the nature of mind, “shunyata” in sanskrit, which translates as “emptiness”. A creative factor from which all things appear without solid existence.. All things being “interdependent” and “illusory” in nature. In this way one lessons one’s attachment in a practical manner to things in this world, as well as our own emotional, habitual tendencies.. One is able to live one’s life in fullness without attachment, the basis of suffering. Any step in the right direction is meaningful. It is still emphasized to give up wrong action which is harmful to oneself and others. Motivation is furthermore an important aspect.

The third turning “vajrayana” is based on “recognizing ” our true inner wisdom awareness nature of mind as   “basic goodness”, called “buddha nature”. This is described as being the true nature of all beings, not created from outside ourselves.. Our challenge is to clear away, purify, transform our negative tendencies accumulated from a long time and “recognize” awaken to our wisdom, compassion and nature.. “Mahamudra and Dzokchen” meditation are formless meditation techniques to recognize nature of mind. 



Vajrayana also may make use of subtle energy aspects of our being. Sanskrit “nadi” physic nervous system of the body. “prana” inner airs and “bindu” life force…. In tibetan “tsa, lung and tigley”

Through the revelation of different tantras and accompanying meditation of ” body, speech and mind ” one is able to utilize these energies to attain buddhahood for the benefit of all beings. tibetan,”lung sem yermay”…control of mind and airs can with proper view and aspiration lead to buddhahood.. In the short term, this can liberate our emotional habitual tendencies to act skillfully with wisdom and compassion in our world.

From the point of view of Vajrayana all teachings of Lord Buddha compliment each other. All are utilized together. This is a rare and precious method of liberation for oneself and all beings.  Nepal has been fortunate to maintain all three traditions of the Buddha’s teaching in its living culture. What’s more, embodied in its temples, festivals, holy places of wisdom, energy, pilgrimage and generally by its living present day culture …one is able to experience this at its source and get a glimpse of how this practically relates to individual practice. The relationship between “Merit and Wisdom”. Temples and our Mind…. The Buddha, in all its aspects, is worshiped.. Yet its true nature resides in our innermost being…Our own mind. 


The Buddha is beyond all limitations…. Manifests skillfully for the benefit of all beings.

Participants in this pilgrimage tour will be introduced to a traditional basic mindfulness meditation on breath and awareness of thoughts and emotions. How to deal with that..  “Letting go”


In addition, by visiting pilgrimage sites, temples, places of worship etc. one can see firsthand how the local population still carries on this age-old tradition… One can apply this to one’s own meditation and life practice. 

About Richard

Spiritual travel in Nepal, Tour Leader Richard David Holden


Richard David Holden is a spiritual traveler who has been into spirituality for 50 years. Travelling around the world, he was inspired by Nepalese culture, philosophy and daily life practices. The sheer knowledge of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Tibetan influence on the culture lured him to Nepal again and again, and eventually indulged himself in learning Buddhism from many fellow teachers from Burma, India and Nepal, which led the path to spirituality.

What is spiritual travel and why should people practice it?

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Basically, Spiritual travel is a form of a journey that will allow you to release the stress of your daily life and allow you to connect with your inner self.  I will be sharing my understanding with fellow travelers towards their path of insights. Traveling is the one that motivated me. When I left America and came to Nepal and was awestruck by the rituals, tradition, religion, and various power spots which are rarely seen in the West.

I felt a deep spiritual connection here in Nepal and was later interested in spiritual subjects. Point of View, it is true as well. We human beings are whirling around in our busy life and struggling with anxiety and depression, dealing with the mental and physical pressure that we even forget what is going on around us. Spiritual travel in Nepal is a journey towards finding yourself. It is a way for individuals to find their sense of peace and purity.


Upon learning different spiritual practices and traditions from my teachers, no matter what type of tradition you are following, Burmese, Buddhism, and Tibet Buddhism, all revolve around suffering, sorrow, unsatisfactory wishes, desires, and spiritual strength is the answer to cope with deep emotions and stress. Different faiths, paths, enlightenment and ideologies help to overcome hardships and move forward. Listening to others’ stories is just listening to your own. I’ve found that recognizing the interconnectedness of all life helps me understand and learn compassion, even when people are going through hard times or difficult experiences. Simply saying, it is searching for different meanings in one’s life.

Lumbini Garden

Eternal Lamp at Lumbini Garden- The birth place of Buddha

Why Nepal for your spiritual travel?

“The moment I landed in Nepal, I felt a deep spiritual connection. It is believed that Nepal has a spiritual connection with nature which attracts spiritual travelers to explore spirituality in this country. Nepal’s serene and tranquil surroundings offer just what someone seeks for their inner peace or a sense of belonging. Nepal has been known as a spiritual land because of its long history of different religions, cultures and traditions. It’s one of those places where you can go through a lot of spiritual changes in just a few weeks. Ordinary people are still practicing energy on a deeper level with known and unknown beliefs.” 


Spiritual tourism in Nepal has been on the rise as more and more people are getting drawn to its mysticism and tranquility after being exhausted by life’s ceaseless noise. There’s something about Nepal that makes it worth visiting even if it was not with the intention of finding oneself. Spiritual travelers can explore different aspects of spirituality in Nepal, from ancient Buddhism to Hinduism.


Nepal has been a spiritual destination for centuries home to many gods and goddesses. Many gods are worshiped by Nepalese people who they believe guides them in their inner peace. It’s an interesting place to visit where you can find monasteries, temples, shrines and other places of worship that are on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List.



Swayambhunath Stupa- The Monkey Temple

The country is full of natural wonders – the snow-capped Himalayas, rushing rivers, lush green valleys, exotic wildlife, and plant species – making it a perfect getaway for those who want to reconnect with themselves.


We all need to take a break every now and then, and for many people, traveling is a great way to get away from it all. Spiritual travel can be very therapeutic because it’s full of adventure, nature hikes, and breathtaking views. For this reason, people often find spiritual pilgrimage in Nepal to be an interesting experience to find oneself.


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