I just stayed in Boudha for two weeks and it was an intensely wonderful experience. As you enter throught the gate and the stupa stands beneign, strong immutable before your eyes you can experience a rush of peacefulness. Most people especially the Tibetans make a small prayer gazing raptuously before moving on. Staying al day, you see the moods from the early morning Kora when hundreds of people circumnabulte the stupa, pausing to spin the prayer wheels around its edge, and often chanting Tibetan prayers or a simple Om Mane Padme Hum. Pigeons flock to be fed, circling the stupa rising and flowing each time they are disturbed. Sounds of chanting and Tibetan Buddhist prayers emanate from the various monsteries that are in the vicinity. Later, the shops open, the tourists come and take their requisite photos. It becomes a bazaar with shops selling magnificant singing bowls, prayer flags, incense, tibetan furniture, cute souvenirs and even solar powered prayer wheeels that will spin prayers into the strratosphere every time the sun comes out. Later in the day, butter lamps sellers set up their stands and you can pay to light lamps as a blessing for yourself and loved ones. The eyes of the stupa stare on sending out their message of peace. If you are in Kathmandu, you must go. It is one of the great power places and it affects everyone. With love.
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