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Moving Through Transference

After a very successful Expedition Phase at the ashram, we have now moved to our final location in Nepal, Bouddha, where we are staying just a few minutes’ walk from the majestic Bouddhanath Stupa, towering over Buddhist monasteries, crowded alleyways, and the concrete jungle of Kathmandu. This holy place, the center of the Tibetan community in Nepal, has maintained its powerful aura despite the rampant modernization of its surroundings, drawing thousands of devotees every dawn and dusk to practice their faith. Bouddha is alight with butter candles, hazy with the smoke of constantly burning incense, and filled with the sounds of trumpets, drums, and mantras.

The atmosphere of Bouddha is parallel to that of Transference, the final phase in our journey. Transference is a time when we reflect back on everything that we have experienced, start to process it, and consider how we can integrate it into our lives moving forward. It is not so much an end to our time in Nepal as it is the beginning of something more, the beginning of the rest of our lives.

We would also like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to all of our families, friends, and supporters back at home – you are all just as much a part of this journey as we are, and we wouldn’t be here without you.

Please find attached the students’ summary of our course and the face of the stupa presiding over the end of our journey.

With love and boundless gratitude,

Him B