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kind of arduous trek, whether it is emo- tional, mental, physical, or a combina- tion of the three, and this was certainly no exception. It was about an hour’s ascent to the top and it was a beautiful feeling when I came to the last step.


The palace contained over 1,000 rooms with around 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues. I would have loved to have been able to photograph some of the extraordinary things I saw inside, how- ever no photography was allowed. I hope with all of my being that everyone


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has the opportunity to experience this for themselves one day whether or not Buddhism interests them, as this is such a rich part of history!


We wandered throughout the palace for about 45 minutes. I could have easily stayed in there for hours more. The energy inside was so peaceful and when I exited, despite having felt sick all day, I had never felt better in my life. The hike down was much easier and it afforded me a different view of the palace. The sun began to peek its way from behind the clouds and it illumi- nated the colorful prayer flags that were found in abundance.


Some of the 1,200 farm families who own Cabot.


As we departed the Potala Palace I remembered a quote by the Dalai Lama that really resonated with me in that moment: “There is no need for temples, no need for complicated phi- losophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” Even though he once lived in one of the most magnificent palaces in the world, what truly mattered to him was the life he led. After this sacred journey, I was even more humbled by this man. ●


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