Another amazing Himalayan climb

Kathmandu Puja

Part of our preparation in Kathmandu involved a prayer ceremony with a Buddhist Lama. Our hotel was next to the largest Buddhist Temple in Nepal, the Bouddanath. The puja was a sober affair until the Lama could not fit the amulet he prepared for me over my head. I think westerners have larger heads. In any case, he just drapped it over my ears and laughed. His prayers for us created a connection between our prayer flags, katas (prayer scarf), amulets, and the puja to be held at Baruntse basecamp.

Our team enjoyed a dinner together in a Sherpa restaurant overlooking the Bouddanath. While we are feasting, pilgrims are circum-ambulating the temple, prostrating themselves and offering prayers as they go. After dinner we joined the procession. These are devout people!

Advertisements

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