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Live from Kathmandu: Boudha Stupa has risen again.

The Stupa at Boudhanath was badly damaged in the April 25, 2015 earthquake.  For the last year and a half the large dome and face that topped the Stupa was diminished, though still heavily worshipped.   Now it has risen again.

Boudhanath Stupa rebuilt after earthquake
Boudhanath Stupa rises again!

The grand re-opening or Consecration will be held on November 18-20.   There is still a lot of work being done daily to get it ready.

Tibetan women work on Boudha Stupa
Tibetan ladies hard at work

The Tibetan Buddhist women are hard at work, gaining merit while pounding the surface of the Stupa to smooth it out.  We could hear the thump, thump, thump and went above to get a glimpse of what they were doing.

Close up of renovated Boudha Stupa, including Buddha's eyes
Buddha's eyes

Everything above the dome of the Stupa was renovated, including the Tree of Life that was inserted inside the Stupa (that was done last spring) and the eyes are completed.  I don't know if you can see from my photo that the eyes, brows, and all markings are raised into bas relief.

The renovated Boudhanath Stupa by moonlight
The renovated Boudha Stupa at night

Boudha looks great at all times of the day and night.

Prayer wheels being painted near Boudha Stupa
Prayer wheels being painted on the Boudha Stupa

The Boudhanath Stupa is considered the holiest Tibetan Stupa outside of Tibet.   The people and monasteries of Boudha worked hard to get the Stupa ready for its invocation this November 18-20.   I will keep you posted on events here on the Danger Dog Blog.

Boudha Stupa from the side road
Boudha Stupa from the side road

It is nice to see the Stupa peaking out from the side streets.   A sight that has been missing since the April 25, 2015 quake...

Stay tuned.   More adventures in Nepal are sure to follow.

 

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2. Let me know what you would like it to say.

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5. Send your photo to me at:   ampage1@gmail.com  
That's it !

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Pay after choosing your portrait. 
Multiple pets on one sign cost more ($325 for Double, $400 for Triple).

Let's keep these artists painting.

This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world.   I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living.   Everybody is happy.   Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!

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