Sunday, August 14, 2011
The clinic is heated by burning yak dung. In the village, you can see piles of yak dung drying in the sun. Ladies in traditional dress roam the kitchen and stairs of the small clinic. Everyday the ladies bring water up from the river to the house and store water to be boiled for sanitation. They carry the water in big buckets hung on a stick of bamboo which they drape over their shoulders. In the morning, I have a bowl of oatmeal to start the day. Some of the Tibetans eat tsampa which is mix of sugar, barley flour, salt, yak butter, and water. I have tried tsampa, and I had trouble getting it down.
The first action of the day was Dad leaving to see a patient in a neighboring village. He road on a scooter, driven by a member of the clinic who would translate for him. Mom and I then went to the stupa, a spiritual place for Buddhists, located next to the clinic. There is a circular path around the stupa. Buddhists walk around this path, chanting and spinning prayer wheels, or holding spiritual beads. They walk at least three laps around the stupa and place stones on the stupa to count their laps. This ritual is called the khora and some Buddhists walk this daily and on special dates. At the center of the stupa, is a series of large white crafted stone monuments with Buddhas looking down on you. Also along the path, there are colored flags that people hang all over the trail. On the flags, prayers are written in Tibetan script. We finished up the khora with five laps and continued with our day.
Dad returned from the patient’s house which turned out to be in the TAR. Then Dad and I went back to the stupa and did some water colors. There was a pretty stream right next to the stupa where we sat and painted. Then we went to a bathing pool on a river next to the town. Around the pool were two monks and horses. The river was dammed forming a small muddy pool. The water was very refreshing.
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Tomorrow I will talk more about Surmang and the Clinic.