|Holy Stupa for Buddhist.|
Ramesh continued to teach as we drove through the dusty crowded bumpy streets of Kathmandu (so it's hard to read my notes). We were headed for a visit to the Stupa Bodha Nath, which is the most sacred site of the Buddhist in Nepal because it is supposed to contain a relic (body part) of the first Buddha. Normally nothing is buried in the massive stone of a stupa, so this is what makes Bodha Nath so special. It is surrounded by a rather clean and active circular "shopping" area with a temple or two to visit. At the time I was there, monks crowded into a tiny temple space, were in the middle of a noon ritual, one playing a clarinet, one a huge hanging drum, another cymbals, and other noise makers. And lo and behold as we circled left around the giant Stupa, I ran into Prueba, Nima's wife who had just been with me the entire trek in Tibet. She was at Bodha Nath to walk the Kora and to turn the largest prayer wheel in the city. I had finally adhered to a habit of so many who live in this heat and purchased a super duper umbrella which has some sort of reflection fabric on it to reject the sun's rays (?). So we shared until a gust of wind came through and that was that with the umbrella.
|With two nuns at Buddhist temple.|
|Largest prayer wheel in Nepal|
|School of Tankas|
|Tanka art school|
It's time to go to Thailand and see what's cracking in that amazing country. I'm a week away from home. Keep listening.