12 hours after my friends have posted about the full moon/blood moon/lunar eclipse we get to experience it here in Kathmandu,Nepal, though we are unable to view the lunar eclipse. We can, most definitely though, feel the intense energy of all that is happening.
And, of course, the place where it all plays out is right here at the Boudha Stupa. It changes from day to day, seemingly magically, though clearly, many are working through the night to make these reflected changes. This morning, the stupa was surrounded in a circle by numerous people in need, most disabled in some way. People missing limbs, those suffering all sorts of maladies, mental and physical, received alms, food, and other items which those circumnavigating the stupa brought for them. It clearly was a time to give to those in need.
Candles were everywhere, incense was burning in volumes, horns and other unknown instruments were playing, pilgrims were praying with their malas while walking around the stupa in a circle, monks were chanting, dogs were fighting to figure out who is lead dog...and the world goes on.
Yes, it is an auspicious time, and that is reflected in the complex realms of Tibetan Buddhism.