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The Bodhnath area of Kathmandu shelters a community of Tibetan refugees from the Chinese occupation of their homeland. A huge stupa or chorten was built here in the eighth century by a Tibetan king, Trisong Detsän. The area around the chorten has become a center for Tibetan exiles and for the practice of Tibetan Buddhism. There are as many as 50 monasteries around the chorten. Today the site is designated as a UNESCO World heritage site. As the sun sets every day, the people come out in their hundreds to walk around the Chorten repeating the mantra 'Om Mani Padmi Oum'( hail to the jewel in the heat of the lotus).This is a homage to the Buddha self that lies within all of us and of the whole of the universe.It is the realization of this Buddha self that Tibetan Buddhism seeks to achieve.

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  • Copyright: kevin o'sheehan (kevinos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1011 W: 170 N: 1770] (7385)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-10-18
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/8
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2008-05-03 5:25
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