Report and Haiga from Nepal: Michael G. Smith

Miriam's Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond

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dawn kora
cold bricks
worn smooth


Michael G. Smith is touring Nepal and doing volunteer work. The Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu is the most revered Buddhist site in Nepal, especially for Tibetan Buddhists. The stupa’s iconic spire was heavily damaged in the April 2015 earthquake and is being re-built. Buddhist practitioners from all over the world come to circumambulate the stupa in a practice called kora. Practitioners can be found walking twenty-four hours a day. At 5 AM in the morning Michael would be walking kora with hundreds of others.

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