A PEACE OF NEPAL
In April 2017, I embarked on a trip to the landlocked central Himalayan country of Nepal in South Asia, nestled between Tibet (the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China) in the north and India in the south, east and west. I was headed to the nation's capital and largest city, Kathmandu, and I would spend almost a month in the Kathmandu Valley, the most developed and populated area in Nepal, renowned for its unique architecture and rich culture.
In addition to fulfilling my dream of visiting the country, I decided to dedicate some time volunteering. Utilising my interest in Buddhism, I opted to teach English to young Buddhist monks in a monastery located minutes by foot from the ancient religious stupa of Swayambhunath, a pilgrimage site surrounded by temples, statues of deities...and monkeys (it is also known as the Monkey Temple). This area of spiritual and cultural wonderment would also be my home during the three week voluntary assignment. I would stay with a Nepali host family, who, like all of the Nepalese people I met, offered unrivalled hospitality and warmth.
I would visit other notable locations in the Kathmandu Valley, too, including Bhaktapur to witness the dramatic Bisket Jatra Festival, which heralds the start of the Nepali New Year; Nargakot for panoramic views of the Himalayan range (albeit shrouded in mist and rain); and two other important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal, Namobuddha and Boudhanath.
Of the hundreds of photographs taken, I have selected for this book those that evoke the most emotion, mystery and ambience of this awe-inspiring country. Some may even transport you for a moment to a magical place that carries with it the real essence of A Peace Of Nepal.
All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to help the young Buddhist monks of two monasteries in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Many of the young Buddhist monks at Nyanang Phelgyeling Monastery and Segyu Gaden Phodrang Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, come from small villages where the families are destitute and uneducated. Entering these monasteries provides a unique opportunity for them to receive a modern education in addition to traditional Buddhist training.
Each monastery takes full responsibility for the monks’ welfare, health and education, enabling them to focus completely on their studies and to practice the teachings of the Buddha, with an aim of making the world a better and more peaceful place.
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