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In 2012, Canadian travel writer Jane Marshall visited Nepal’s remote Tsum Valley while researching a book about Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe, a Tibetan Buddhist monk originally from Tsum and now living in Edmonton. “It’s a place etched permanently in my memory,” Jane wrote about her journey. She shared an account of her travels in the online edition of Mandala October-December 2013:
“After the last navigable road, the path begins; it rises and falls along the steep sides of the Budhi Gandaki ravine before breaking east toward the Tibet border. Elevations range from around 500-4,500 meters [1,600-14,800 feet] and the religion transforms from Hinduism to Buddhism,” Jane wrote.
“Tsum Valley only opened to travel in 2008 (though a handful of intrepid researchers and travelers were given restricted access prior). Once part of Tibet, it was swallowed into Nepal and thus escaped the devastation of Chinese occupation. Ancient Buddhist traditions were preserved and, within this protection, I searched for links to Kushok’s past. His birth village is only a day’s hike from Tsum.
“Rhesus monkeys danced in the trees; I pressed my body into a cliff wall as another mule train descended. The spires and peaks of Shringi and Ganesh Himal danced like goddesses on the blue sky.
“At the top of yet another ridge, after slogging amongst marijuana bushes and stinging nettles, through puddles of donkey urine and over unstable rock, I’d think, ‘Yes! I’ve made it! That wasn’t so hard.’ Then I’d see four more rises and my ego would crack. My bones groaned, my emotions balked, and my mind would form a mini hell for awhile.” …
From Mandala October-December 2013
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