PadmaSambhava statues; Yet spiritual man must be unafraid

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Like in most parts of Nepal, the regions in the north are almost completely Buddhist. Carved stones with mantras and prayers are the first obvious sign of meeting with a new culture.

         Yet spiritual man must be unafraid to burn his own darkness, to burn his bridges behind him and to continue with the utmost determination on the spiritual path, come any wind of hatred from any source, come any destructive emotion or thought into his mind.  -Cha Ara:  Pearls of Wisdom 14:5
         I am not a bridge built of promises but verily the light that calls to you.  I teach love.  My disciples must realize happiness in the love of Christ….Between you and us the bridge is spirit.  -Leaves of Morya’s Garden 1924, pts. 27, 300
         It is valuable not only to strive forward but also to destroy the rubbish behind one.  -M:  Community 1926
         Calmness of the heart means firmness and unfalteringness.  -M:  Heart 1932
          Each kind action is a burning away of chaos.  -M:  Supermundane 1, 1938

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At first the Nupri valley is narrow but after two days will open up and large fields will grow on the more gentle valley walls.
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Delicate carvings depict entire scenes of Buddha’s life and admired deities.
Lihi village gives us a first taste of the lovely villages ahead.
People are harvesting ripe barley in the wide terraced fields above their villages.
The valley still lies in darkness when the sun hits the top of Manaslu and its satellites.
The subtle changes of the light on the ice are terrific, turning from grey to pink to orange to yellow and then the ‘regular’ white.
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Lho is a large village, surrounded by dense pine forests and many fields
The barley is ripe and people are busy harvesting from early in the morning until late in the evening. Mostly women and children work on the fields, the men are away on trade in Tibet.


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