S: Nepala '05
BC: The End. Mirrors a beginning.
FC: 'Have we vanquished an enemy? None but ourselves. Have we gained success? That word means nothing here. Have we won a kingdom? No ... and yes. We have achieved an ultimate satisfaction ... fulfilled a destiny ... To struggle and understand - never this last without the other, such is the law.' | Nepala
1: We are creatures of air, Our roots are in dreams. And clouds, reborn in flight. | Kathmandu
2: An iceberg is water striving to be land; a mountain,especially a Himalaya, especially Everest, is land's attempt to metamorphose into sky; it is grounded in flight, the earth mutated-nearly-into air, and become, in the true sense, exalted. | Sagarmatha
4: The universe was a place of wonders, and only habituation, the anaesthesia of the everday, dulled our sight.
5: Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts. | Machhapuchhre. Annapurna.
7: “My heart broke open and history fell in.” | Durbar Square
8: The cloak of the past is cut from patches of feeling, and sewn with rebus threads. Most of the time, the best we can do... | ... is wrap it around ourselves for comfort or drag it behind us as we struggle to go on.
9: Durbar Square
11: Something was badly amiss with the spiritual life of the planet... Too many demons inside people claiming to believe in God.” | Durbar Square
12: There, the limitations of function met the ambitions of art, as the timetable and the timeless commanded equal respect. | Durbar Square
15: Patan | “Nothing comes from nothing, Thieflet; no story comes from nowhere; new stories are born from old - it is the new combinations that make them new.”
16: “I have been a swallower of lives; and to know me, just the one of me, you'll have to swallow the lot as well.” | “To understand just one life you have to swallow the world ... do you wonder, then, that I was a heavy child?”
17: Kumari Mahal | “Masks beneath masks until suddenly the bare bloodless skull.”
18: Tat Tvam Asi | Boudhnath
19: “I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I'm gone which would not have happened if I had not come.”
20: “We look up and we hope the stars look down, we pray that there may be stars for us to follow, stars moving across the heavens and leading us to our destiny, but it's only our vanity. We look at the galaxy and fall in love, but the universe cares less about us than we do about it, and the stars stay in their courses however much we may wish upon them to do otherwise....” | Swayambhunath
21: “...It's true that if you watch the sky-wheel turn for a while you'll see a meteor fall, flame and die. That's not a star worth following; it's just an unlucky rock. Our fates are here on earth. There are no guiding stars.”
22: “Sometimes we feel we straddle two cultures; at other times, that we fall between two stools.”
23: Swayambhunath | “The word 'translation' comes, etymologically, from the Latin for 'bearing across'. Having been borne across the world, we are translated men. It is normally supposed that something always gets lost in translation; I cling, obstinately to the notion that something can also be gained.”
25: Swayambhunath | The coming of day promises a change; it is only when the day has fully arrived that the watcher suspects it is the same day returned once again - the same day he has been living for a long time, over and over, still blindingly bright and untarnished by time.
26: “‘Good-bye,’ says the dying man to the mirror they hold in front of him. ‘We won’t be seeing each other any more.’” - Valéry
27: We all owe death a life. | Pashupatinath
28: By ourselves is evil done, By ourselves we pain endure, By ourselves we cease from wrong, By ourselves we become pure. No one saves us but ourselves, No one can and no one may, We ourselves must tread the path; Buddhas only show the way.