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Photo by Catherine Von Holt, Nepal Semester.

Namo Buddha to Panauti on foot.

A Piligrimage is a journey, often into an unknown or foreign place, where a person goes in search of new or expanded meaning about the self, others, nature, or a higher good, through the experience. It can lead to a personal transformation, after which the piligrim returns to their daily life.

In Nepal, for centuries people have travelled across trade routes and ventured further from their home in order to find greater purpose to their life.

In emulation of this practice, which is still relevant today, we hiked to Namo Buddha, a historically and culturally significant place for buddhists in Nepal. At Namo, we delved into monastic lifestyle of Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastary. Our daily routine involved attending teachings and meditation practice from Khempo Tashi Tshering and participating in daily morning and afternoon rituals.

After 9 days of immersive stay in Thrangu Tashi Yangtse monastery, we have hiked back to Panauti, where we will be resuming our urban Homestay for another 10 days.

With gratitude,

Him C instructors