|View from our bus ride|
From there, we headed to Kopan monastery, also very close by. Kopan was founded by Tibetan monk Lama Thubten Yeshe, who is famous for among other things being among the first of the Tibetan refugee monks to take on western students, and later choosing to reincarnate himself as a westerner. As such, it has become a popular destination for western tourists and spiritual seekers. We just happened to have read a book about Lama Yeshe while we were in Laos, so when we heard his monastery was nearby, we decided to pay a visit. It was an exceedingly beautiful monastery, among my favorite of all the temples and monasteries we've visited in our travels.
After that, we visited a nunnery in Shivapuri national park called Nagi Gompa. In our time here in Asia, we've visited many temples and monasteries, but never a nunnery. They, and nuns, are in fact somewhat rare, so I wanted to visit one. Once there, an older nun happily showed us around their simple temple, gesturing to communicate what was what and who was an incarnation of who. After that, we went on a long uphill hike with a nice Austrian guy so that we could get a good view of the mountains. The view never materialized, but we got some exercise along the way.
|Prayer flags at Nagi Gompa|
On the way to Kakani, we spotted a bus which had crashed on the side of the road and been left there. Upon closer investigation, we discovered 2 small girls playing in the wreckage in what we perceived to be a dangerous spot. We took their pictures and then offered to show them in an attempt to coax them out of there, which worked... temporarily. After fixing their hair and posing for another picture, they headed right back for the wreckage. Sigh...
|I guess getting their hair done made them squinty|
|This and the speed at which they drive plus this probably makes for the crashes|
|a puja, or an offering, for the Dashain festival|
|Us with the guesthouse owner, Santosh|