This morning, we had scrambled eggs, mixed with potatoes. This was new to many of the Tibetans. We decided to have eggs this morning because the Tibetan diet does not have much protein. Their main source of protein is yak meat, but we’re not eating meat here. We have seen skinned yak meat hanging out in the sun with flies buzzing all around it, and I am sad for all the dead yaks.
Also this morning Dawn, Drolma, and Phunsok left. They are going to a town near Jeigu to recruit and train new CHWs (community health workers.) We are savoring time at the clinic with few people. Left here at the clinic are Wamboa, Drogra, Mom, Dad and I. The day after Dawn, Drolma, and Phunsok come back (Wednesday), ten more people are coming to get ready for the Health Festival that begins on September 6th. The ten new arrivals include Lee, his assistant, BeiBei, a film crew, an architect, and some public health professionals.
Later in the day, Suna Ladja, the young monk who, the other day was learning English and examining our guitars, arrived at the clinic. He came in to get some eye drops for his eye. After he got his eye drops, he and I went outside to play basketball. I taught him some English like “so close” and “good.”
Mom and I then went for hike up a stream drainage while dad went for a run up the road. On our hike we saw many beautiful flowers. We hiked up along a stream one valley over from the Retreat Center. We crossed into the valley of the Center directly beneath it. Below our crossing was another spiritual spot for the Buddhists. It is called a Sky Burial, and it’s purpose is to dispose of the body of a person after he dies. This is a platform where the Monks cut the body into chunks and leave the chunks for the birds. This is a way of giving back to life. You see, the human dies and the birds find life in the dead body.
|Inscriptions on a Stone|
|A Bad Cut on My Hand|
|My Lovely Mom|
|The Sky Burial Site|
We ended our hike right smack in the middle of the Stupa. We walked home just in time for dinner. We filled our bellies, and are now enjoying our relaxing evening. Martin just came over and we are going to watch a movie. Harrison Ford, my favorite!
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