Recently, Jet Li went on a trip to Tiger’s Nest and Dra Karpo, two places that have a rich spiritual history.
Tiger’s Nest and Dra Karpo are both prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred sites in Bhutan. The Tiger’s Nest temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave. The Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated there. This guru is very important to the history of Bhutan as he is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan and is the tutelary deity of the country.
Jet Li wanted to share this message with all his fans about his time there and the path that brought him to the caves of Bhutan.
I’ve done spiritual study for more than 20 years.
I have always asked myself what is world? What is the universe? What is the relationship between human beings and this universe? How does someone find the significance of life?
I was a bit busy couple of years ago and during that time I focused more on methodology and theory.
However, in these last 5 years, my teacher has been stricter with me. He invited me to do meditation for 800 hours, which sounded impossible to me when I first heard him say “800 hours of meditation”. But, after these 800 hours I had a lot of different feelings. Then, my teacher invited me to do another 3000 hours of meditation, so I had to keep moving forward.
My teacher also suggested to me that I should find a holy land. I know there are some places that teachers went to find enlightenment a thousand years ago in Bhutan and Nepal.
In Bhutan there are 3 caves, Nepal is a good location too. So I went there thinking maybe I could get some inspiration too. I went to visit 2 caves in Bhutan to find the significance of life and maybe to discover my own potential.
In Bhutan, I was alone for 7 days. Each day I sat in 8-12 hours of meditation, without talking to anyone else. It’s hard to express it in words. You have to experience it yourself to understand this process.
Bhutan is a very quiet and harmonious place, everyone is really friendly, it’s somehow just like novel story or movie.