This is the latest edition of Joe’s Nepal Chronicles, a continuing series on our blog.


Poem written in Pokara at the World Peace Stupa

High on a hill top looking at the Himilaya’s as the sun sets.

As the light goes down on my words

Turning the ink from black to red and red to orange

Clouds covered in hues of pink

Gently flowing through the gaps in the rail

Staining the pure white granite in brilliant lines of light

I follow the perfectly rounded top and

Throw my eyes down the stair

Eyes mesmerized by the burning tree

I see my words blowing gently on the prayer flags

Dancing in the setting sun moving to a sacred beat

Carrying with them peace, love, hope and wonder

And scattering happily all around the world and here



Additionally, we thought this would be a good post to share photos of the prayer flags that were made here at Tellus360 as part of our Nepal benefit earlier this year. Jerry Lapp, one of the organizers of the event, and the owner of Skychasers Trek & Tour, through which he organizes and leads trips to Nepal and the surrounding region, explains the significance of these prayer flags:

Prayer flags originated with Tibetan, Sherpas, and other people groups of the High Himalaya that celebrate Tibetan Buddhism.  Prayers and blessings, in the Tibetan language, are imprinted on each flag.  Prayer flags are often laced across a high, windy location such as a mountain summit or high pass, so that the winds can disperse their blessings far and wide.
In keeping with this tradition, attendees of the LancasterNepal Earthquake Relief event were invited to create their own prayer flags with blessings for the people of Nepal in this time of great need.  We’ll be stringing the flags above the Tellus360 rooftop in the near future.

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