By David Snellgrove
A specific account of the writer s go back and forth in the course of the distant Dolpo zone of the Himalayas, and the insights he recorded on Tibetan faith and culture.
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A fter the revolution and the proclam ation o f 'democracy* in 1950 they were free to enter the country and so travelled over the foot-hills to Pokhara, where they have succeeded in establishing one o f the m ost active hospitals in N epal. N o t only do they work in the surgery and wards b u t they go o u t on long journeys into the m ountains, whenever villagers ask for their help. T hey len t me a ,h u t for the night and entertained me m ost pleasantly, recalling the visits of form er travellers, many of w hom were known to me.
302). Since their journey was slower than m ine, I had tim e to visit Lum bini, the birth place o f ¿akyam uni about fifteen miles distant from Bhairava, and afterwards Kusinagara (m odern Kasia), the place of his death, some forty miles east o f Gorakhpur. A t both places w ork was in progress providing rest-houses and shelters for the vast crowds expected later in the year for his 2,500th anniver sary; thus there was little o f the tranquillity which one would properly associate w ith these sites.
O u r general plan was conditioned by the weather, for we would have to visit the districts of interest to us on the southern side o f the m ain Him alayan range between M arch and May 2 KATHMANDU before the monsoon gained force. T hen we could conveniently cross over to the northern side and continue to travel there until Septem ber, for the high m ountains woyld ward off the storm clouds and it would be warm enough to cross the higher passes, o f which I estim ated fifteen between 17,000 and 20,000 feet.