Today, on the first day of the Local Women’s Summit, Nasreen and the ladies toured some of the most regarded sites of Kathmandu.
The morning began with a visit to The Garden of Dreams, where the group enjoyed the green oasis and also discussed Nepali culture. Nasreen spoke about the systems and traditions of Nepal, sharing information on the ethnic groups, demographics, and the unfortunate impacts of the caste system.
After walking the gardens the ladies ventured to Boudhannath Stupa it is one of the largest unique structure’s stupas in the world. In Buddhism, the light of Asia and symbol of peace, harmony, wisdom and conscience. Buddha eyes of wisdom, which sees the world of Dhamma. Prame, a local tour guide, explained the significance of the Buddhist monument. Everyone circled the stupa, spinning the prayer wheels as they rounded chanting “om mani padme hum”, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body.
Lunch was had on the roof of La Casita, with a breathtaking view over the stupa and into the mountains.
The last stop of the day was Pashupatinnah Temple, an extremely important site for people practicing Hinduism. The women learned about the significance of the temple and its dedication to Lord Shiva, the god of destruction. Along the river is the powerful sight of dead bodies being burned. The group also participated in a Hindu ceremony led by a local priest, who guided them through mantras and blessed each participant with flowers, holy water, and beads.
Paloma, a Mexican energy healer, finished the day with a black tourmaline ceremony about releasing negative emotions. The entire day was a beautiful, communal experience and a colorful exploration of Nepali culture.
Thank you everyone for being part of our Local Women’s Summit and we can’t wait to visit the Local Women’s Handicraft center tomorrow.