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Swayambhunath Stupa in Nepal stands high on a hillock overlooking the Kathmandu valley. The eyes on the four sides of the Stupa indicate God looking on us everytime from all sides. This temple is circumferenced by a long compound wall, where people are seen taking their morning & evening walks rotating the prayer wheels to attain wisdom and good karma.
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Fact 9: Dome
Today we go in depth about the second element of the primary trio. The second element is the dome. The dome is the most important part of chivas and chaityas because it contains the relics inside it. It is also known as the heart of the structure. In Sanskrit language it is called either anda (egg) or garbha (Womb, Embroyo or Container). It is called dhatu ( relic ) garbha , "the womb of the elements" as a whole. The top of the dome is flattened for the finial. Even though all the domes present in a chivas and chaityas represents the same thing which is the heart of the structure, the shape of the dome might not be the same for every chivas and chaityas. There a lot of different dome sizes and designs for chivas and chaityas. For example the dome of Swoyambhu is similar to dome of Boudha, but the size differs. The size of Boudha's dome is bigger than that of Swoyambhu. Some domes of chivas has designs in it too. They are basically made up of bricks on the outer layer, clays inside the bricks and inside the clays there is located the foundations of the five elements. The domes aren't made entirely of bricks and clays.
Source: The Stūpas and the Chaityas by Wolfgang Korn
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"Kamma means 'action'. According to the law of kamma there are inescapable results of our intentional actions. There are deeds of body, speech and mind that lead to one's own harm, to others' harm, or to the harm of both. Such deeds are called 'bad' or 'unwholesome' kamma. They are motivated by craving, ill-will or delusion.
There are also deeds of body, speech and mind that lead to one's own well-being and to the well-being of others. These are called, 'good' or 'wholesome' kamma and are motivated by generosity, compassion, or wisdom.
Much of what one experiences is the result of one's own previous kamma. Thus when misfortune occurs, instead of blaming others, one can look for faults in one's past conduct. If a fault is found, the experience of its consequences will make one more careful in the future. When happiness occurs, instead of taking it for granted, one can look for the actions that caused it, and thus be motivated to do more in the future.
The Buddha pointed out that no being has the power to stop the consequences of good and bad kamma. The fact that one reaps what one sows gives a powerful incentive to avoid all forms of unwholesome kamma and to do as much wholesome as possible.
Though one cannot escape the results of bad kamma one can lessen their severity. A spoon of salt mixed in a glass of water makes the whole glass very salty, whereas the same spoon of salt mixed in a freshwater lake hardly changes the taste at all. Similarly, the results of bad kamma in a person habitually doing only a small amount of good kamma is painful indeed, whereas the result of the same kamma in a person habitually doing a great deal of good kamma is only felt mildly.
This natural law of kamma thus becomes the force behind, and the reason for, the practice of virtuous behavior and compassion in our lives and society."
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Several years ago myself and the team I was leading ended up stuck for several days in a mountain village in Nepal due to active landslides. Each morning before the rest of the team were awake I’d walk out to the local stupa (a Buddhist place of mediation, often housing relics) and each morning these two little people would be waiting for me. The first would be waiting for me on the edge of the stupa and would bring something to show me. This time she brought this dog, an incredibly tolerant creature happy to follow her around. We’d sit and watch the sunrise her chatting away, and pulling faces at each other whilst she pointed out the mountains appearing out of the dawn light.
The second, a little boy, would be awaiting me on my return. After my initial attempts to encourage him to smile and play with me I realised this was an ancient soul, residing in the form of this rosy cheeked child. We would nod at each other and I’d carry on my way leaving him to watch out over the glaciers and mountains of his home.
I have always loved the interaction with children on my travels. Not only can you tell so much about a community by the way it treats its children but you can learn so much about the culture from the interactions with its youngest members. 🏔
Today is @unitednations#internationalmountainday this focus this year is on raising awareness that for rural youth, living in the mountains can be hard. Migration from the mountains leads to abandoned agriculture, land degradation and a loss of ancient cultural traditions.
This year, youth will take the lead and demand that mountains and mountain peoples become central in the national and international development agendas; receive more attention, investments and tailored research.
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