Sunday, February 15, 2015

Namo Buddha Resort and Monestary

I spent the weekend doing yoga and relaxing at the Namo Buddha Resort, about 1.5 hours from Kathmandu. It's not that far away, but amazingly quiet, with fresh air, clear skies, and beautiful views. We didn't get any mountain views this trip, but the all-vegetarian set menu was delicious, and the prayer flags at the stupa were amazing.

We saw the sacred cave where, as the story goes, a mother tiger lived with her five cubs. A prince, Ngingdui Tshenpo, felt that no creature should suffer to feed the mother and her hungry cubs. He sacrificed his body to feed the tigers so that no other creature should suffer. The prince was then reincarnated in Lumbini as Siddhartha Gautama.
When we arrived at the stupa, several Tibetan monks were atop the tower, throwing arms full of paper prayer flags into the air, thousands fluttering in the breeze down the valley below. With each burst of flags thrown into the air, a yelp of voiced prayers from the boys perched above the layers of flags.

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