Boudhanath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

Boudhanath, a World Heritage Site, is one of the most important and largest places of pilgrimage and studies for the Buddhists. Many Tibetan refugees, Tamang, Himalayans and South-East Asians come circumambulate every day around the immense stupa. Join the crowd and rather than just walk in circle, spin the prayer wheels and take a deep breath of serenity. If as a result of mass tourism, many cafes, souvenir shops and thangka (traditional Tibetan paintings) ateliers are nested around the monument, the faithful devotees aren’t disturbed in their spiritual journey.

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

Don’ t be impressed by the giant pairs of eyes staring out from the four sides of the stupa, these Buddha Eyes, also known as Wisdom Eyes, symbolize the omniscience of the Enlightened One. They also became another symbol of Nepal and be assured that you will at least purchase one souvenir bearing this symbol.

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