23 Jan

Monday Moment: Kathmandu, Nepal

Prayer Wheels, Kathmandu, NepalOur first days in Kathmandu showed it to be a noisy, messy, chaotic city that jangled all of our senses all at once.

I had expected the religious observance here to be a calm, quiet, and peaceful adherence as I understood Buddhism to be, but instead found that Nepalese practice a mix of Hinduism and Buddhism that involves bells ringing, drums beating and the sound of prayer wheels whirring.

The calm arises from the ritualistic repetition of actions and prayer. These prayer wheels are a good example; although they are literally in the middle of and intersection in the city they are, at the same time, accessible to all who wish to turn the wheels and find some peace in their busy day.

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