March 26, 2015, 4:40pm -Atlanta Int’l Airport, Georgia, USA
My time in Belgium has come to an end again. Heading back to the Colorado Rocky Mountains. :-) For closing some photos of one of the Tibetan Stupas in Belgium.
More photos further down:
Although the Tibetan Institute, ‘Yeungten Ling‘ (part of a mandala of at least 3 Tibetan (Kagyü) Buddhist center in Belgium) does not even mention it on their website, as far as I recall, this ‘peace monument‘ has been known by the name “Stupa of Miracles” for a few decades.
It is of the kind you can enter into, like the gigantic multi-story stupa in Northern Colorado, seen in my blog post, The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya – A visit to Shambhala Mountain Center. For other Tibetan Stupas, see also Stupas in Crestone, Colorado.
In June 1994, at the end of high school and long before I did any meditation retreats, I saw the Dalai Lama here at Yeungten Ling in Huy. Later also in Brussels around the same time; and much later, in May 2001, also in Portland, Oregon. I had read his 1990 autobiography, Freedom in Exile, as well as some books by Lama Anagarika Govinda and Alexandra David-Néel that had increased my interest in Tibetan Buddhism.
It was when returning from Japan in December 2013 that I had this feeling that I needed to come back for a visit. Finally got to it.
Coming from the Huy (Hoei in Dutch) train station, going over the Maas / Meuse river :
The small town of Huy has a lot of beauty to it. Lots of fancy 19th century homes that could be a blog post in itself. Here, downtown, just one artsy detail added makes for a lovely sight at the conversion of two creeks:
Once through the under-surveillance city center…
You see a sign at some point, see next photo. You can walk to the village of Tihange that way as well. They have a dino-nuclear reactor there, with a vessel that’s full of cracks. It could explode from built-up hydrogen pressure. From the last reports, it sounds like the Belgian government is considering taking that risk (See also (Nov. 8, 2014), “Nuclear Power Company ELECTRABEL chooses to gamble… Belgium and surroundings“
Like Doel, Tihange reportedly also has some nice blue-glowing swimming pools that are jam-packed stacked with spent fuel bundles, which need to be cooled for a couple more decades before they, most likely, will end up getting stuffed in some pristine soft clay layer. The best plan they’ve come up with so far is that, after a few thousand years perhaps, this buried waste will then slowly contaminate that ground layer, which could go on for a few hundreds of thousands of years. By the time it reaches the surface, the danger would be minimal. They’re taking their sweet time with this plan.
From the driveway of the Tibetan Institute, you can see the nukes again:
That they are even considering making even the slightest bit more of this kind of high-level nuclear waste… I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around this. What were they thinking way back in the 1940s and 50s, when this business took off? … Anyways… ….
We might need a miracle for politicians to come to their senses on this one… :-)
Beautiful forests in that part of Belgium as well…
More photos of this monument for peace:
Cheers. It’s been really nice to be in Belgium. My visit to HADES, the underground nuclear waste disposal laboratory, at the renowned SCK-CEN nuclear research facilities was definitely an unexpected highlight.
Grateful for my life, friends and family.
- For other Asian architecture in this part of Europe, see also the Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Tower @ Brussels.
- While on the topic, for some impressions of Japan, see my photos in the blog posts First Impressions Hiroshima, Miyajima and Mount Fuji. I was so out of it after my very brief Visit to Fukushima (Nov. 2013), that I never even sorted through the thousands more photos taken on that trip.
- For Fukushima and other nuclear topics, see my Nuclear Blog Posts Archive.
Next stop: Colorado, United States.
!-> :-) I’ll be passing through one of the most conspiracy-theory-inducing airports in the world again. ;-) A Hedgehog can take you on a tour…
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