The Secret Society

The forgotten history of Indian Tantric Buddhism

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Tantric Buddhist Dance in a palm-leaf Manuscript

Often we travel without much awareness of the people and the cultures that we're visiting. Works of art like this manuscript, helps us get a deeper sense of the vibrant cultural and artistic lives of a people.

Nepal Trek Part 2: Up The Dudh Kosi

Continued from Nepal Trek Part 1 Although it is now the most visited region in the entire Himalaya, until 1949, Nepal and by extension the Khumbu region was closed to the outside world. Whatever little information existed about this wonderful land enclosed by some of the highest peaks in the world came from the prolific... Continue Reading →

Nepal Trek Part 1: Plane to Lukla

I’ve made a bit of a habit of going for treks in the off-season. I never planned to do so, but that’s the way it seems to work every year. One of the advantages of doing so is that it’s cheap. Guides and porters come at half the rates, the trails aren’t cluttered with trekking... Continue Reading →

Studies in Form: The Hiranyavarna Mahavihar, Patan

Ah, Patan. The glories of this magical Newari city are too numerous to do justice. I could only spend a few hours when I visited earlier this year, but even after all these months, thinking about the place and its gorgeous Durbar Square sends a shiver up my spine. It isn’t often that you get... Continue Reading →

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