Missions Moment – November, 2015

monkey temple worship

In this months missions moment, two women circle a buddhist shrine while praying. This golden shrine located at Swayambhunath, a hilltop temple on the western edge of the Kathmandu valley.

Swayambhunath is known best as the “monkey temple”. From it’s hilltop vantage point you can get magnificent views of the city – provided the smog index is low enough. Swayambhunath is more than just a single temple however. It is more of a religious complex with a large stupa, smaller temples, stone monuments, and shrines. During the 2015 earthquake Swayambhunath suffered significant damage and it is presently under renovation and repair.

Over its long history, Buddhism has taken a wide variety of forms. While some people emphasize rituals and the worship of deities, others reject rituals and gods in favor of meditation.All forms of Buddhism share a common respect for the teachings of the Buddha and the goal of ending suffering.

One of Nepal’s claims to fame is that is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism.