Effulgent Boddhisatva in a monastic cave outside of Amchi | Ladakh


Stepping into another world
A Buddhist monastery
Perched in between misty mountains

Hundreds of monks debating
Deliberating in maroon and gold
On teachings of old

A majestic stupa
Rainbow mandalas envelop a powerful Buddha
He gazes over acolytes murmuring ancient sutras

Stepping into another world
Yet intimately real all at once

A window into a vision of life rooted in the supernatural
And connection with the natural
All at once

The finer points of the philosophy are contemplated
Perhaps overstated
Past, present and future
Are never fully known
Nor do they need to be

An unwavering faith in the unknown abides
Awaiting the seeker at all times

Stepping into another world
Dusk sets in casting shadows across marble courtyards
Where the monks deliver their final arguments
Clapping their hands sideways in dramatic contention

The Dharma wheel above the temple is silhouetted
In front of a dreamy pink and grey twilight

Within each of us there is a fight
Enter the arena and try with all your might

Easy does it
There is no time limit
Whatever it is
You will find it

CATHEDRAL OF HEAVEN | Prayer flags wrap around a pole in a dramatic Himalayan backdrop | Ladakh

Hi, I'm Matthew! I currently live in Santiago, Chile. I've hitchhiked and climbed peaks in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, India and Nepal, studied cultural anthropology in Cape Town, practiced as a Hindu monk, taught English to students from around the world, volunteered for education and sports NGOs and worked as a cross-cultural field instructor. Adventures at the World's Edge combines my passions for adventure, travel, humanitarianism, anthropology and writing. My projects focus on fundraising initiatives through community collaboration and adventure challenges. Writings on my shoestring travels and anthropological interests are also included as fuel for motivation for aspiring journeyers and curious wanderers on this globe. It is my sincere hope that I might be able to inspire others to follow the beat of their own hearts and have the courage to make a difference in the world. Adventure...Awareness...Aliveness

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