For most of October I was in Nepal visiting a friend who works for the UN teaching peace building skills to residents of Kathmandu Valley. Nepal’s civil war from 1995-2005 led to the overthrow of the monarchy and a democratic governments is now in its place as a result. But even after a war ends conflict continues to brew and Andrew’w work is an attempt to address this and head off any future conflict.
Andrew is fluent in Nepali and loves the Nepali people, culture, and his work on transitional justice – and he was my personal tour guide the entire visit. It could not have been better. Without Andrew I could not have had the magnificent experience of the Himalayas.
There were many fabulous experiences and I have stories upon stories. Napolis are primarily Hindus and Buddhists and one thing you cannot miss is their deep religious devotion.
At the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu you cannot miss the significant number of Tibetan Buddhists who are serving in the monasteries.
The Boudhanath Stupa dominates the skyline and as I walked the grounds prayer flags strung on long lengths fluttered high above in the breeze. Prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom by blowing the prayers and mantras in the wind and spreading the good will and compassion into all pervading space.
Then last week I was having lunch at a Tibetan restaurant in Pasadena and I met Dagmola, Khandro, Laxmi, Tenzin, and Dolkar – Tibetan nuns, and we talked about prayer rituals including the flags. Our conversations was exciting and generative. We talked about the intention of the flags, our need for all four virtues in our personal lives, and we devised a collaborative prayer project.
For all of 2015 Dagmola, Khandro, Laxmi, Tenzin, and Dolkar will be traveling the world visiting Buddhists temples and nunneries teaching Tibetan history and spiritual traditions. We are in discussion about how to bring together women who will create and exchange flags with other women around the world to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom.
Important work, global collaborations.