Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Monkey Temple, Swayambhunath, sight seeing part three

There is a meditation in every moment.

Here are some focal points for today's meditation.

Buddhist Monks at Swayambhu.

The deer above the door are symbols of Buddha's first teaching

Stupa or Chorten at Swayambhu

Dipankar Buddha 7th Century, carved from a single stone

Protection and Charity

Ringing the Bell at Swayambhu.

Dragons are Symbols of Sacred Wisdom.

Stupa or Chorten, a holy reliquary.


Offerings for Prayers


  1. What beautiful pictures. It seems like another world, or a movie or something, but actually, it's part of this world at this moment in history. How extraordinary. Thanks!!

  2. I had to study each photo, looking at each one carefully there is so much detail. I would have to walk very slowly around there.
    I like the little Buddhas in the stupas. And i like the photo of you up above, so serene.
    thank you Jennifer.

  3. hi butternut! it's so familiar and then too as reya mentions, so other-worldly and yet it is happening inside this great present moment. the monks and the dog in the first photo, each holding the moment. steven

  4. I'm so glad you are taking time to share your visit. The photos are amazing. It is good for us to be reminded that we are not the only people on this planet.

    I've learned a little about meditation through following yoga videos. If nothing else learning to be aware of my breathing has helped chase away worry and stress.

  5. These pictures are amazing. Wonderful detail. And I love your commentary about deer, dragons, all of it.

  6. The truth exists beyond words. We feel it. Images connect us with spirit through timeless voices and feeling energy connects us with soul.

  7. Thank you so much for taking us being in the desert and finding a beautiful!

  8. I know how I feel when I am somewhere sacred like this, but yet a tourist. I often wonder exactly it is that one might feel whose roots grow deep here, how the surroundings would change, the relationship with them.


  9. Erin, that is a very good question. For some in Nepal, there is still a great deal of the supernatural that guides their lives. Others say they have no religion or superstitions. But what for us is so extraordinary, is just normal and every day to the native born. It must be a very different experience, indeed.

    I often wonder what it would be like to experience the US as a tourist. It's such a complex and crazy place. Just normal for me.