Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Annual Champadevi Race and Smoke Offering

This was taken shortly after the finish of the first annual Shedra East Leopard Handicap Hill Race to the summit of Champadevi, at a height of 2278 metres above sea level. We started from the shedra complex in Pharping, which is at a height of about 1375 metres, climbing past the Hatiban Resort restaurant and hotel, and out into open leopard territory, with great views of the snow-capped Himalaya, before the steep ascent to the finish. Competitors set off at intervals based on their estimated finish times. Stefan was the first to cross the line, beating me by about five seconds (although he did start 30 minutes before me). Lena, also in the 30 minutes group, was third.

At the summit, once we had recovered, we all performed a sang offering.

And then Christian read his newspaper.

And we all went to the Hatiban in search of more water, some shade and a big lunch.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Breaking News: Stefan's First Translation

This item just in from our reporters in Pharping: With Gyurme stuck in Kathmandu due to the strikes and ongoing problems over there, Stefan was forced to step in as his replacement and do his very first bit of live translation, and the word is that he did very well. "My respect for good translators is further increased," he said afterwards. Let's hope this was the first of many translating experiences for the former electronics engineer from East Berlin.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Guru Padmasambhava Statue

This is the thirteen-foot tall statue of Guru Padmasambhava in the temple at Shedra East, where we offer tsok every morning. To read more about this statue and the project to place many similar statues around the world, go to the Padmasambhava Global Project for World Peace website.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Scenic View of Shedra East

The Shedra East building is in the background on the hill to the right.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Boudhanath Stupa at Dawn

This photo of the famous Boudhanath stupa, known to Tibetans as Jarung Khashor, was taken recently by Davide. To read Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö's prayer to the stupa follow this link.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Shedra East Group Photo, Hyatt