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Nepal Semester Student's Catherine Von Holt's photograph of the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu.

Namobuddha: The Place of the Perfection of Generosity

Pictured here is the group spending a week living at Namobuddha Monastery learning about Buddhism from Lama Khenpo Tashi Tsering (pictured). This monastery was built on the site where a past reincarnation of the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama (named Mahasatwo) gave his body to feed a starving tigress with five cubs, thus perfecting generosity. There are a few hundred students studying the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism here. Learning about Buddhism can be heavy as it forces us to examine many deeply held but totally unexamined truths, but Khenpo was a patient and kind teacher as we moved through the basics of philosophy, meditation, ethics, practice, and the history of Buddhism. (Also pictured is Ellen, our Tibetan translator).