We visited a small temple in the Barkhor square near the Potala Palace. It was down a narrow side street and through a doorway where vendors sell tea in bottles and dry tea wrapped in straw bundles.
We went along with a stream of pilgrims. Inside, we went from room to room past hundreds of aged Tibetans sitting on the floor chanting,
“Om, Mani Padmi Hum”
which means to purify pride, jealousy, desire, ignorance, greed, aggression and hatred. Although many of the Tibetans sitting in this temple were very old, their braided hair still held black. And they sat amongst butter candles: bowls full of yak butter with lighted wicks. They had been chanting hour upon hour. Some had been visiting for months on a pilgrimage for world peace and compassion.
As we walked through they looked up and smiled as they chanted, touching our clothes and shaking our hands and smiling. For them it seemed that we foreigners are a sign that peace is at work….as we had come in peace and left in peace.
Today my friend, my beloved, opt for peace and compassion in whatever you do. Be peaceful about yourself. Have compassion for yourself. Feel peace and compassion flow through you today my friend as you go about your day. Om, Mani Padmi Hum.