17.03.2008 26 °C
08:30 RITA!!! Wake up. Okay, okay.
Breakfast at the bakery.
10:00 at H.E. for our tour.
First a ginger lemontea on assisting from Niraj that we had to have one before leaving on the tour.
He came to sit with us for a while, we gave him our addresses in case he wants to come over to Europe.
With Kiroj an Nung, the driver, on our way to the Tibetan Monastery, Kopan Monastery.
A huge, big beautiful decorated monastery. In front of the temple they created a garden in which in miniature the life of Buddha was displayed.
Looking around fro this hill, we saw so many golden roofs: monasteries and nunneries of Tibetans.
Kiroj: increase of beghars from India, increase of Tibetan monks and nuns; where are we going to be?
Many Nepali cal already the Kathmandu Valley : "Little Tibet".
Are we soon going to see banners: Free Nepal? (Kiroj)
Up to Boudnath, the second biggest stupa of the world. The base of the stupa is as big as a footballfield. It is completely solid.
While we where walking around it, people were busy putting up new praying flags.
Sitting at a rooftop terrace it became even more obvious how many Tibetan buildings were around us.
Kiroj: There are over 200 monasteries/nunneries around the Boudnath. Studying Budhism he knew a lot about this. At one point he commented: we have enough sacred places, we don't need to build more temples, we need to work from/with/on our hearts. (Kiroj)
Around 14:00 we were back. We sat down in the sunny garden to..........yes, photo album.
Niraj popped in to have a quick coffee.
We went to Northfield for another tasty Fajitas, coffee at the guesthouse and time to go to our room again.
Hopefully we don't need to leave our rom at 12:00, so we can take our time for packing. Around 17:30 the taxi will take us tomorrow to the airport.
No goodbyes, but Peri Betaunlah: see you soon Nepal!