Bodhnath Stupa

Katmandu, Nepal. Largest Buddhist Stupa in Asia. 6:30 a.m. My backyard in Kathmandu. Thousands of pilgrims from Nepal, Tibet, and beyond make a kora- circumnavigating the stupa daily chanting “Om Mani Padme Hum” and counting repetitions on their malas. “Om Mani Padme Hum” translates to “The Jewel in the Lotus.” The energy here is beautiful and mystical.  The walkers of the kora are varied. On any given day one might see older Tibetan women with lined faces wearing their chubas and turquoise jewelry, monks wearing maroon robes, Nepalis wearing newari blankets, and tourists sporting their North Face jackets



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