Pigeons in Flight at Boudhanath Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal

Spring 2016 - Volume 20 Number 2

Pigeons in Flight at Boudhanath Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal

Pigeons in Flight at Boudhanath Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal
photograph
Thomas Sun, MD

Boudhanath, pictured in the background, is a Buddhist stupa, which is a resting place for reliquary and a place of meditation. Built roughly 1500 years ago, Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world and a major focal point for Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. This photograph was taken in 2011 during a 6-month volunteer mission at a hospital in Tansen, Nepal.

Boudhanath was heavily damaged by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015. The earthquake killed and injured thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless. Although reconstruction has begun on the ancient stupa, the country of Nepal, one of the poorest in the world, faces many challenging years ahead as its people work to recover and rebuild. Dr Sun urges readers to support humanitarian aid organizations operating in the region.

Dr Sun is a Physician in the Department of Family Medicine at the Brea Medical Offices in CA.

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