The entry to the mane cave of Maratika, the Long Life Cave, where Buddha Amitayus blessed Guru Rinpoche and his consort Mandarava with immortality.
A panoramic view of the place I stayed there, the so called Manjushri-Hill, being blessed by Manjushri.
The Sangha (monastic community) of Maratika together with guests.
The monastery of Maratika. Right next to it is the gathering place of the Hindus, who also consider Maratika to be a sacred site.
Losar, the Tibetan new year, is extensively celebrated with meals and tea. This is a tent in front of my room at Maratika. With me were 20 nuns from Trulshik Rinpoche's monastery, the 15 monks of Maratika, the Lama of Maratika and the Maratika-Tulku and few others.
I was born in Hamburg/Germany in 1977. Between 1980-1984 I lived in Rio de Janeiro/Brasil. Afterwards I lived again in Hamburg, going to school and studying Tibetology and Indology at Hamburg University under the guidance of Prof. David Jackson. I met my teacher Sogyal Rinpoche in 2000 and have been following his teachings since then. In 2006 I began to study at a traditional Buddhist Scriptual College (Shedra) in Nepal as well as partially participating in a 3 Year Retreat in Lerab Ling, conducted by Sogyal Rinpoche. I aspire to become a translator for Tibetan Buddhism.