Photographer's Note

This beautiful building is the Tengboche Monastery, nestles high in the Himalayas at 3,867m altitude. It can be considered the spiritual centerpiece of the Everest Region, where Buddhists gather to take part in holy ceremonies. The monastery faces the mountains of Lhotse, Everest and Ama Dablam, situated directly behind me. The slate-like stones shown to form a wall here are Mani Stones, which are each inscribed with the chant (mantra) Om Mani Padme Hum, words of praise to the Buddha. This monastery burnt to the ground in a catastrophic fire on January 20 1989 (the day I was born, co-incidentally), and was rebuilt in the same likeness. A beautiful place.

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