Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of servitude and compassion are the things which renew humanity. — Buddha
After a day of walking around Kathmandu, shuffling between motorbikes and popping in and out of stores, I could not have asked for a better way to end the day- watching the sun set on the Boudhanath Stupa was both awe-inspiring and tranquil at the same time.
“According to legend, Boudhanath Stupa was built during the 5th century AD, by an an old poultry woman who asked the king for land to construct a shrine to the Buddha. The king agreed, and offered her as much land as she could cover with the skin of a water buffalo. The woman proceeded to cut a buffalo hide into thin strips, and placed them end to end to form a huge circumference. The king realized that he had been tricked by the old woman, but he adhered to his word, and the stupa was constructed according to these dimensions. Today it is home to one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world.” From: http://wikitravel.org/en/Boudhanath