POW! August 8 is considered a lucky and auspicious day for many folks within Asia and elsewhere. Above you see us hangin’ out at Lake Manasarovar in Tibet–one of the highest lakes in the world sitting at somewhere around 15,000 feet or so above sea level, and we are walking the 60 kilometers or so around this thing. We walk around the lake clockwise for good luck–they call this a “kora.” Some folks do multiple koras. . .we are only doing one cuz we are silly gringos. What a wonderful thing to do on August 8.
As we walk around the lake our lead Tibetan guide chants ‘om mani padme hom’ (hail to the jewel in the lotus) counting the number of his chants by moving to the next bead on his strand of mala beads–same idea as a rosary for you Christian folks out there. There are 108 beads on his strand. . .108 is an auspicious number in Buddhism. . .he chants ‘om mani padme hom’ 108 times to wash away the 108 worldly sins noted by the Buddha. People do this again and again and again and so on. Some say that ‘om mani padme hom’ is the most prayed prayer on our planet. . .it certainly seems so cuz folks are chanting this thing everywhere all of the time over here. It is soothing and good. . .mmm, aaaahh!
I send you lucky and auspicious vibes on this important day. . .feel them. . .they are worthy of your attention.
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It’s lovely out there.