‘The Great Scholar Pedma Sambhava’s Magic Cave’ it said on the stone in from of his house.
It sounded like a crappy carnival attraction, but once we were welcomed we entered a magical world. The scholar did not speak English and though the cave was halfway between Rongbuk Monastery and Everest BaseCamp, it is passed by most tourists.
In the ruins a hidden cave contains an imprint of the Buddha’s hand, a kind of rebirthing test and a test of good faith and soul through the dark tunnels through avalanche debris. He took a few hours to talk about all without requesting payment for it – though we did donated him some at the end – , fortunately a Chinese man who spoke some English could translate a bit. It is nice to see how people from a different culture take time to show you around their world.
(for those who are interested, read the (LOTR/DarkTower-inspired ramblings about our fellowship adventure here on the 7summits.com forum)