a pilgrimage --- a journey with a beginning, a middle and an
end. Regardless of how long one's life lasts, no one escapes
any step along the way.
as you can, recall your attention from the mundane, the busy-ness,
the scattered and disconnected experiences of your day and recognize
the holiness of your presence on Earth with reverence for all
life. Choose each step with care and awareness, consciously contemplating
the path you're walking. Supports meditation and mindfulness,
and the deepening of your inner life.
Kailash, which translates as "crystal mountain," is
considered the most sacred mountain in Tibet, revered by the
Tibetan people. A walking pilgrimage (called a Kora) around Mt
Kailash takes about two weeks. It can also take several months
if you prostrate yourself on the path (literally laying down
with your entire body and forehead touching and honoring the
earth, then moving one body length forward and prostrating yourself
again, and so on around the base of the mountain). Because it
is considered sacred, no one climbs on the mountain itself.
rhymes with "eyelash".
don't have to go to the mountaintop and study for ninety years.
You don't have to go to the ashram and chant your brains out.
You must be a good, capable, responsible, thoroughgoing human
being, and that's how you walk the sacred path. It's not about
sweat baths; it's not about drums. It's about doing the hard
work of living every single day in a responsible, caring way."
- Paula Gunn Allen, author of The Sacred Hoop
Because this is a research essence and my inquiry is ongoing,
these are my notes from various sources. If you purchase this
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