The annual Hemis festival honouring Padmasambhava is held in early June. In Russian journalist Nicolas Notovitch claimed Hemis as the origin of an otherwise unknown gospel , the Life of Saint Issa, Best of the Sons of Men, in which Jesus is said to have travelled to India during his " lost years. Ehrman states that "Today there is not a single recognized scholar on the planet who has any doubts about the matter. The entire story was invented by Notovitch, who earned a good deal of money and a substantial amount of notoriety for his hoax". The Indian Pandit Swami Abhedananda also claims to have read the same manuscript and published his account of viewing it after his visit to Hemis in
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With a community as of of more than 50 monks, with another five at Wechselburg, the Abbey is one of the largest Benedictine houses and is a major attraction for visitors. Ettal Abbey was founded on 28 April , Saint Vitalis of Milan 's day, by Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian in the Graswang valley, in fulfilment of an vow, on his return from his coronation in Rome, on a site of strategic importance on the primary trade route between Italy and Augsburg. The foundation legend is that Ludwig's horse genuflected three times on the site of the original church building, where a marble statuette of the Madonna and Child "Frau Stifterin" or the "Ettal Madonna" now stands. The statuette was brought by Ludwig from Pisa as a gift for his new foundation. It soon became an object of pilgrimage. The foundation originally consisted of a Benedictine double monastery — a community for men and another for women — and also a house of the Teutonic Knights.
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P eople like to think that monastic life is serene, but boring; they're wrong on both counts. A year ago, after losing the love of my life I fled to live with celibate monks. The man hadn't even died — just slept with someone else. Yet for months I felt genuinely grief-stricken. My world fell apart.
Feet of clay? No, it was a different part of the anatomy - and of all too fleshly substance - which caused the trouble. But, I suppose, you don't expect Tantric sex to be a straightforward activity. Then again, sex of any kind isn't really what you're planning when you become a celibate nun.