Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Puja for the members

After arriving Kathmandu, usually a few days the climbers from another country stay at the capital for buying some goods, joining with their guides and so on.  The first glimpse of Nepal, a country struggled severe turmoils ranging all the sectors of its society currently, only serves to the nature-lovers' eyes as fragments of confusion, though.  

To them, the political, ethnic conflicts, or any other concerned to the native, ongoing within the society would endow least meaning.  If you say, "fighting against nature" as such has always been the single most significant to the people who leading one's own life for such a way.  

For Sherpa (in terms of the occupational), the Himalayan guides as their way of caste, on the other hand, to climb a highest mountain always involve danger, danger which man may not be in control.  Safety will be met only if you be guided by any unknown being, which usually understood as god.  Any kind of puja (religious service) practiced by Nepalese shows their pray for their future.  It is of course true to Sherpas, as they do so before getting into mountains as guides.  

This autumn season, it has been known that no lama (Buddhist priest) will be joining as a Sherpa with the climbers on Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse as well.  So, the four Sherpas hired by the Korean Everest Expedition decided to visit a gompa (temple) at the famous Boudhanath for worship.  Korean members also had been invited to join them.

Puja in a gompa at Bouddhanath, Kathmandu

However, as things turn out, a "big" lama has been invited to the Everest base camp for perform a puja.  "More is good," one Sherpa said.  Two teams of the Korean and a Polish team jointly made a ceremony, one day at the B.C.

Koreans and Polish, as well as Sherpas, giving a service at a puja, at Everest base camp

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