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Published: April 19th 2013
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Nagi Gompa, a place I called peace and serene. It is high up on the Shivapuri Forest Reserved, Bagmati District, Kathmandu. It belongs to KaNying Shedrup Ling Monastery. A well guarded place by the armies during the time when the Maoist rebels tried to take over this forest as the hideout and it is still on high security today. One has to pay a fee of Rs250 and for the bike charge of Rs150. Checking of passport and asking questions I could not understand but my friend Surendra replied all. It is always easy when you have a local friend around. The way up was not easy, rough snakey road, rocky road, as we went up it gets cooler, fresh air seem to seep in, cooling us but it really gave extra pressure on the bike. We had two stop, one of which we stopped for the view of Kathmandu, it was breathtaking, no pollutions up here, we could see the haze hovering Kathmandu in clear picture. Just a dusty table.
As we ride up, we saw an Anni (Tibetan Nun) and a child walking up carry a bag of groceries. I could feel their tiredness, walking the miles and
uphill can be strenuous. Wish I have a car to lessen their journey.
It took us quite some time to reach Nagi Gompa, I was eager to see the nunnery monastery, where my guru teaches the young Rinpoche. It is a beautiful place indeed. I could sit on the grass and watch the view the whole day. We went scouting, I saw four young nuns sitting on the ground, happily chatting and welcoming us with a grin. Very friendly, polite and surprisingly spoke good English. I took pictures of them and a great picture for my album.
The monastery is small with the Tibetan traditions, all the pillows and low tables placed accordingly, a little corner, I caught a glimpse of the guru’s personal prayer items which I find it interesting, dorje bells, prayer texts cymbals and horns told me these are the necessities of a monk. The old nun (84yrs) is the caretaker, she is one of the earliest groups ordained here, I think she has spent her entire life in this pristine place, which is amazing and I respect her for that. I also saw some European ladies, whom I believe came here for the religious
closing the door
studies and I gave them thumbs up for bravely to be here by themselves. God is always with them.
On the Nagi Gompa, they are building more hostels for the nuns and the foreign students, which I think it will give them a better living conditions compared to the old single story building which should give way to the new ones, and a new kitchen, I actually saw two ladies cooked in an old hut. I could see the smoke coming out from their hut and heard them chatting while happily cooking. Of course in Tibetan.
The surrounding is wide, a row of colorful flags waved joyously, good sunshine to endure, absorb the beauty from the top with cool breeze constantly blowing is definitely my dream. A cup of hot mocha would be fine.
Nagi Gompa has twelve acres of land since 1962. Nagi Gompa has more than hundred nuns young and old and I was told by friends they are superb in Green Tara prayer text even recite with eyes closed (data downloaded). I have yet to find out.
My friends, ladies and gentlemen, my word of advise, please bring a local friend from Kathmandu or
nice palce to take rest, overlooking the valley
a Guru / Lamas / Nuns or go in groups when visit this Shivapuri. Visit when daylight, get out by daylight too. There are no street lights, wild animals roaming the mountains, the journey is way too far and may expect unfriendly people. Bring water and food. It's a long long walk.
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