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

Nepal Inspirations

A wonderful morning breeze on the rooftop of our beautiful Shechen guesthouse where we do our morning reflection as a group and this is why we all fall in love with Nepal! We are so inspired by this beautiful place!

Jacqui, ” The prayer flags, their meaning as well as their evolving and variety of meanings. The importance of the elements us is the world and the world is us.”

Ari, ” I’m inspired by the way people in Kathmandu live in harmony with the land. Their houses exist in the space that the surrounding hills allow rather than bending the environment to suit their needs.”

Matt, ” I am inspired by how open and public the religious and spiritual places are in Nepal. So many small and large shrines, temples and sacred spots, such a contrast to the more closed aspect of religious places in the US and the West in general.”

Ingrid, ” After leaving Kathmandu and hiking in the foothill of the valley, I was in awe of the unique vegetation plus all of the diverse flora of the area. The hustle plus bustle of the crowded city juxtaposed against the serenity of nature inspired me.”

Sheila, ” Inspired by everyone’s ability to share personal feelings and struggles. Each person willing to open up and share their vulnerabilities inspired me to be more courageous with my emotions.”

Elisha, ” I have been inspired by all the women I have met so far on this trip and their passion for women empowerment. Also the local women I have met so far have been so open to sharing their stories and needs. It encourages me to be open with my own thoughts, feelings and passions.”

Jasmine, ” I am inspired by the Stupa’s five elements which are earth, water, fire, wind and ether, and the teaching of Buddhism about letting go.”

Samantha, ” I have been inspired by the cacophony of sounds, smells and traditions of the Kathmandu valley. I am constantly moved by the unison of old and new. We see this in the mixing of architectural styles, the shifting in generational norms and the variety and contrast in religious practices.”

Yut, ” The profound and dedicated spiritual walk around the Boudhanath with the mixture of different praying styles from moving and touching prayer wheels to kneeling down to the ground touching the mother earth to witness their spiritual journey, I was inspired to see how people come together to spiritually build this sacred site where it brings peace and harmony to the diversity of Nepal.”