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Inside a monastery
Nothing had prepared me for what I saw at Padmasambhava Buddhist Vihara – the next pagoda that I visited. On entering the pagoda, through its bright red door that had an enormous gilded door-handle door-knocker, I saw three golden statues, several feet tall. In center was the statue of Buddha and on its either side were statues of his disciples.

The enormous doors that lead you to the pagoda

Inside Buddha Vihara pagoda
posted: 21.4.05


Whoa! When you mentioned you saw three golden statues, several feet tall, I didn't think they would be three stories high!!! This is really amazing. To think that such places exist in our country, that you would only expect to see in some south east asian

Hey BTW, am sure you have seen this website. I just chanced upon this today. :)

Could you please recommend some pieces that I can listen to from here.

By Anonymous Avis, at 21.4.05  

:) I am discovering some of these surprises these days!

Ah great!

Start with Chopin's Nocturnes and Beethoven's Sonatas

I randomly tried recordings and some of them come acorss as "amateurish" - the fault is entirely mine - I've gotten too used to the Alfred Brendels, Rudolf Serkins and Glenn Goulds of the world :(. As someone who is learning it, saddens me - I cannot play half as well as some of the recordings I so ruthlessly label "amateurish" :(

By Blogger Deepak, at 21.4.05  

The 3 statues stun me everytime with their size and elegance (whenever I view the photos of people been there).

By Blogger ash, at 21.4.05  

The first piece that I downloaded yesterday was in fact Chopin's Nocturne in C-sharp minor since I had already heard it as a part of the Pianist movie soundtrack.

I wouldn't be so harsh as to call the recording amateurish, but it was certainly not up there with the playing of Janusz Olejniczak.

But considering that the players have been kind enough to share their recordings for free here, I don't mind it too much. Am onto the Beethoven sonatas now. :) Thanks for the recommmendations Deepak.

By Anonymous Avis, at 21.4.05  

Not all of them are, its a motley bag out there :)

Do check out some of the samples here, this guy is good!

By Blogger Deepak, at 21.4.05  


no words to express what i felt after seeing the pics. i can imagine u going totally blank when u actually saw the statues

By Blogger KJ, at 23.4.05  

Indeed KJ! The feeling is overpowering!

By Blogger Deepak, at 25.4.05  

The three statues remind me of the pagoda that we have in Dehradun. When i was in India in the summers last year, i happened to visit it, and now when i see the picture on your blog, it bears a striking resemblance to what i saw at Dehradun.

By Anonymous Anando, at 25.4.05  

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