Kedarnath, Shiva’s Disappearing Act

Kedarnath, Shiva’s Disappearing Act

The priest led us through the temple doors into the jammed room of chanting voices and clanking bells. Shoulder to shoulder we inched our way through the throng to the large rock that protruded from the stone floor, the remnant of Shiva’s hump after diving into the earth in the disguise of a bull. Circling [...]

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Impermanence and Dolma La-Tibet

Impermanence and Dolma La-Tibet

A long grueling day as we pushed on for ten hours with Dolma-la Pass at 18,600ft elevation as our destination. We have caught up with the main mass of pilgrims. A procession of horses with their elderly riders and many others slowly struggle upwards. On the way we pass another spot of offering, Shiva-tsal. This [...]

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Lake Mansarovar-Tibet

Lake Mansarovar-Tibet

With our tents set up near the lakes shore I hiked up a hill with prayer flags and sat alone watching the wind change the color and shadows on the water. Kailash arose from behind the clouds and confirmed our good karma as we have seen the mountain every day since arriving. We spent a [...]

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Milarepa and A Handful of Sand

Milarepa and A Handful of Sand

We stopped at a grassy spot near a stone house to spend our second night as we are now at 13,500ft in elevation and a gain of over 6000ft from our night at Zhangmu. We need short days to acclimatize. Towards evening we decided to hike up a rise behind our camp. It was a [...]

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What Is His Name?

What Is His Name?

As we passed the men who were bent over hand shoveling the embankment, one stood up and calmly asked “What is the name of your God?” We responded, “God”. He smiled and laughed.  As did we.  India

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