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Tibetan Buddhism

Among the special things a trek to Everest Base Camp provides is the opportunity to experience a culture grounded in the beliefs of Tibetan Buddhism.  Symbols and reminders of the Buddhist message are everywhere.  For example, a sign on the gate to Sagarmatha National Park informs visitors they are entering a sacred valley and should refrain from taking life, from anger, from jealousy, from offending others, and from taking excessive intoxicants.  Monasteries devoted to the teachings of Gautama Buddha (circa 563-483 BCE) abound.  And the valley of Mount Everest is lined with Buddhist symbols such as Prayer Flags, Prayer Wheels and Mani Stones.  Below are a few photos.

1.5Dll*c1486BuddahSagarmathaNP(7.5x5,cpywrt)Entrance sign to Sagarmatha National Park – Khumbu Region, Nepal

2.5Dll*b9247TibetanBuddhism(7.5x5,cpywrt)Monument to Guru Rinpoche (Precious Teacher), Pangboche Monastery – Khumbu Region, Nepal

3.5Dll*b8415SnowLionsStupa(7.5x2,cpywrt)Protective Snow Lions, base of monument to Guru Rinpoche, Pangboche Monastery – Khumbu Region, Nepal

4.5Dll*c1155InsideTengboche(7.5x5,cpywrt)The Buddha depicted in a scroll painting, Tengboche Monastery – Khumbu Region, Nepal

5.5Dll*c1084MonksOutTengboche(7.5x5,cpywrt)Monks washing, Tengboche Monastery – Khumbu Region, Nepal

6.5Dll*b9274Monk'sHome(7.5x5,cpywrt)Monk, Pangboche Monastery – Khumbu Region, Nepal

7.5Dll*b9282MonkwithFlowers(7.5x5,cpywrt)Monk, Pangboche Monastery – Khumbu Region, Nepal

8.5Dll*b9234MonestryPangboche(7.5x5,cpywrt)Mani stone, Pangboche Monastery – Khumbu Region, Nepal

9.5Dll*b7806HikePhakding(7.5x5,cpywrt)Mani stones, Everest Base Camp Trail – Khumbu Region, Nepal

10.5Dll*b8700ManiStones(7.5x5,cpywrt)Mani stones and Prayer flags, Everest Base Camp Trail – Khumbu Region, Nepal

11.5Dll*b9677PrayerFlags(7.5x5,cpywrt)Prayer flags, Everest Base Camp Trail – Khumbu Region, Nepal

12.5Dll*c1605PrayerWheel(7.5x5,cpywrt)Prayer wheel, Everest Base Camp Trail – Khumbu Region, Nepal

13.5Dll*c1740PrayerWheel(7.5x5,cpywrt)Prayer wheel, Everest Base Camp Trail – Khumbu Region, Nepal

14.5Dll*c1458PrayerWheels(7.5x2,cpywrt)Prayer wheels, Everest Base Camp Trail – Khumbu Region, Nepal

15.5Dll*b8093PrayerWheelsNamchez(7.5x5,cpywrt)Buddha stupa (Buddah Wisdom Eyes), Namche Bazaa – Khumbu Region, Nepal

16.5Dll*b9474Stupa&Mountains(7.5x5,cpywrt)Buddha stupa, Everest Base Camp Trail – Khumbu Region, Nepal

17.5Dll*c0951StupaFog(7.5x5,cpywrt)Buddha stupa, Everest Base Camp Trail – Khumbu Region, Nepal

18.5Dll*c1073Tengboche(7.5x5,cpywrt)Tengboche Monastery – Khumbu Region, Nepal

19.5Dll*c1160InsideTengboche(7.5x5,cpywrt)Tengboche Monastery – Khumbu Region, Nepal

20.5Dll*b9212Thangka(7.5x5,cpywrt)Tengboche Monastery – Khumbu Region, Nepal

21.5Dll*b9260PangbocheMonk(7.5x5,cpywrt)Monk, Pangboche Monastery – Khumbu Region, Nepal

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  1. Paul Taylor #

    Beautiful Michael!!!!!!!!!!!
    Cheers from Dillon MT snowed in on my way to Eureka MT, near Canadian border.

    January 11, 2013

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