Boudhnath Stupa

The Boudhnath Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal.  It dominates the Kathmandu skyline with it’s distinctive and massive mandala making it one of the largest spherical Stupas in Nepal.

Boudhnath Stupa

Boudhnath Stupa

As soon as we arrived, we walked the circumference of the Stupa, turning the prayer wheels as we went, until we got to the entrance of the Stupa, where we could head up a set of stairs to the upper levels.  It was there we discovered hundreds of monks and nuns, all waiting patiently for a visiting Lama to lead prayers.

Part of the crowd awaiting the Lama

Part of the crowd awaiting the Lama

He must have been pretty famous for such a turnout but regretfully I do not have his name.  I do know it was not the Dalai Lama as I have seen him a few times now in Vancouver.  The lay people were in the lower echelons of the Stupa but were equally as fervent in their praying.

Praying

Praying

Faithful Ladies

Faithful Ladies

Fortunately for us, we stopped for a cup of tea and a plate of momos to share at one of the many rooftop restaurants overlooking the Stupa.  It was not by design but pure fluke that we managed to get a bird’s eye view of the visiting Lama arriving, leading prayers and blessing many who lined up for the privilege.

Lining up for a blessing

Lining up for a blessing

We loved the reciting of the prayers so much, we ended up buying a CD of Tibetan chanting afterwards – you have to be a tourist at some point! I left the ladies at a taxi to take them back to the hotel for a snooze before the others arrived home, and I headed off to the Bus Park to catch my bus to Banepa.  No roosters, goats or crazy driving stories to tell on this trip!  Or it may just be that it is all becoming quite normal.

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
This entry was posted in Nepal and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Boudhnath Stupa

  1. Lynda Baker says:

    Hey Kate, Nicole shared your blog with me today, so I am starting to read it from the beginning. I have been thinking of you and how you are getting on. You are such a have lady. Hope to meet you again. Thanks so much for taking us to the stupa. It was one of my favourite days of my fantastic trip.
    Lynda Baker

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s