On Monday, Tri and I went to Namo Buddha, home to the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. One of the reincarnations of the Buddha is supposed to have given his life to save a starving tiger and her cubs at Namo Buddha. We left bright and early at 5:30am on Monday morning with our friends, and it took about an hour to get to the area where we started hiking. First we worked our way up the “thousand steps” to Kali Temple. We were literally in the clouds when we reached the top.
After stopping for chiya (tea), we hiked further up to the monastery, which took about two hours. Here is a picture of the last part of the path, draped in prayer flags
The view of the clouds, valleys and hills was stunning. The building with the gold roof is the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery
Many of monks were Tibetan, and there was quite a bit of Tibetan script on the walls around the temple. However, I also saw some Newari script (Ranjana). Newari is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken by the indigenous people of Kathmandu Valley.
After hiking up, we were pretty tired, so we decided to take the bus back down. A local told us to walk half an hour down the mountain to catch a 2:30 bus that would take us to another stop where we could finally find a bus going to Kathmandu. On the way to the bus stop, we passed through Tri’s grandparents’ village. Although Tri’s dad was born in Kathmandu, his parents emigrated from Sanku, a village close to Namo Budhha. We walked the roads they walked, saw the fields that they saw every day. While living in the US, I rarely had a chance to connect with Tri’s past, but I’m excited to start learning more about his family.
We loved Namo Buddha, and we’re hoping to go back, maybe when my parents come to visit…