As you fly into Kathmandu airport, you might note at the last minute just before landing, a huge white circular structure with a golden triangular tower adorning it, which soars above all other buildings in the surrounding area.
That’s the Boudhanath Stupa. Situated on the northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu city, in the area known as Boudha, this stupa, or dome-shaped Buddhist shrine, is revered the world over. And it’s also where the overwhelming majority of Tibetans living in Nepal reside.
An important aspect of the Boudhanath Stupa is that it’s a site where Tibetan Buddhists perform kora, which is the sacred circumnavigation of a structure in a clockwise direction. This practice is said to bring what one might describe in layman’s terms as good karma.
The most popular time of day to perform kora in Boudha is at twilight, when you’ll see hundreds of people walking around the structure.
And as the stupa was built in the 14th century, people have been making this daily pilgrimage for over 700 years, give or take a few pandemics.
Sydney Criminal Lawyers was on the ground in Boudha to get a glimpse of Tibetan culture, which sadly, China is trying to wipe out in the colonised nation of Tibet.