Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb
Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.
One more look at humanity.
The Boudhanath Stupa, which was built after the Mughal invasions, is one of the holiest of Tibetan Buddhist temples in Kathmandu, Nepal. From pictures or from a distance it looks like it would be surrounded but mountains or wilderness. However, it is on the eastern side of the city of Kathmandu and is surrounded by chaos, traffic and hoards of tourists.
The stupa itself is full of symbolism. There are nine levels, 13 rings, a 16-sided wall and five Dhyani Buddhas. These things represent everything from paths to enlightenment to well, the Earth. When you enter the stupa you are supposed to walk around the entire stupa clockwise. Not just once, but three times. “To go around it counter-clock-wise not only will you not be gaining any merit, but you will be generating negative karma by doing so.” so the saying goes. I honestly hope this isn’t true.
What I love most about visiting this stupa is the quietness and the color. Every color is enhanced by the complete whiteness of the stupa itself. My cousin and a friend stopped into Kathmandu for a visit and we decided to start the day with breakfast at the stupa.
It was a very good decision. I hope you enjoy the view.
Other photos from the morning.
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Some of my favorite shots of the youngins in New Delhi.
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~~ Stacia Tauscher
Through the eyes of a child you will see the world just as it ought to be.
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Sometimes belonging involves being part of a very large group and sometimes it can be a very solitary thing. While visiting Istanbul, Turkey these images of solitary people praying mesmerized me.
While less than 100 feet away..
The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect.
Travel Theme: Belonging