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Kindergarten Nuns School trip to Swayambhu Stupa in Kathmandu

The kindergarten nuns from Tsoknyi Gechak School took a trip to Swayambhu stupa in Kathmandu. It is one of the oldest and holiest sites in the area to both Buddhists and Hindus. According to Buddhist scripture about the origin of Kathmandu valley, at some point the entire valley was flooded into a large lake. Vipaswi Buddha arrived at the lake and planted a lotus seed. After eighty thousand year, a Miraculous Lotus sprung from the lake and the Swayambhu (self-created) manifested in the form of an eternal self-existent flame. In later years Shantikar Acharya was instructed by Manjushri to build a stupa to protect this flame.
The nuns did the traditional practices of kora (circumambulation) around the stupa as well as making butter lamp offerings and offering alms.
Photos by Chonyi Palmo
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