Quote of the Day: “There is a yeti [or fear] in the back of everyone’s mind; but the blessed are not haunted by it.” [Old Sherpa wisdom]
Did You Know?
There are two main climbing routes of Mount Everest; the southeast ridge from Nepal, and the north ridge from Tibet
Instructions: Read aloud a traditional Sherpa folk tale to the class ask them to pay attention and see if they can find the moral of the story. After the story is read facilitate a discussion about the folk tale. Ask the students what they think the moral of the story is? Did they enjoy the story? Do they know of a folk tale or story that sends a similar message?
Optional: Did the class enjoy the folk tale activity and want to try something else? As a class try and write your own folk tale! The folk tale can be about anything the group chooses, or stay on the Everest theme.
Story: Befriending a Yeti
One night a lama was sitting at his place not far from Mount Everest. He was keeping one of his silent vigils over the moonlit world of men and creatures. While he was praying for their salvation, a huge Yeti stole up on him in order to kill him. But in the lama’s peaceful presence the yeti forgot it, and with gentle gestures the ragged monk welcomed his huge visitor. For the first time in his life the horrible Yeti felt accepted; it made his untrammeled spirit soar with an unspeakable relief.
The lama now began to treat his visitor as part of his household in order to sow some seeds of peace in his heart. Little grows so high up in the mountains, far above the treeline, but from that day on the Yeti brought fresh meat to him and tried to please him thus.
Years slipped by, and the lama grew old and infirm. But the mighty yeti continued to bring him food, collect firewood, and carry water from a nearby stream. Again and again the saintly sage prayed for his friend.
One evening, after there had been a great avalanche nearby, the Yeti did not return to the old lama’s place, as he used to do. The lama went out to seek him by moonlight and found him many hours later. He lay dead at the bottom of the avalanche.
It is also told that he later gave the skull of the Yeti as a treasured relic to the monastery at Pangboche.
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