My WW this week is another image from my travels - this time a photo I took while in Nepal a few years back, of the ancient Boudhanath Stupa. Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just outside Kathmandu, and it is one of the largest stupas in the world as well as being the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. Since the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950, and the subsequent illegal occupation and destruction of the Tibetan way of life by the Chinese, this part of Nepal has become home to many Tibetan refugees. Today there are more than 45 thriving Buddhist monasteries in the area around Kathmandu, and Hindus and Buddhists worship alike at Boudhanath
Stupas are full of symbolism, with every aspect representing a facet of the Buddhist spiritual path - indeed, traditional Buddhist cosmology considers the entire universe itself to be a gigantic stupa. They are constructed from five basic geometric shapes, each of which corresponds to one of the five elements of Buddhist philosophy, with each element also representing one of the essential attributes of an enlightened being.
Wordless Wednesday is a great way to meet new people, just post a photo on your blog (words are optional, but I'm a chatterbox!) then add your link below. Feel free to grab my button from the sidebar, and if you have time please leave a comment as I love to hear from you! Link up with other WW participants this week by clicking on one or more of the thumbnails below. Happy Wordless Wednesday!