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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