Ancient Nepal was the seat of Buddhism. The place where Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism was born, Lumbini, is today a vibrant pilgrimage sites, with monasteries constructed by the various Buddhist countries, celebrating the myriad forms that Buddhist practice has morphed into as it has made its way around the world.
In Patan, you can see the four stupas of King Ashoka, who was a major champion of Buddhism in the 4th century. Move further south to Pharping, and you can see the cave where Guru Padmasambhava was meditating when he was called upon by his friends in high places, to build the first monastery in Samye, Tibet. Legend has it that he started with the Lhogekar monastery in Upper Mustang, finished the Samye monastery, and continued on to unearth and revitalize the Boudha stupa in the Kathmandu Valley with the help of Tibetans.
Today, the Boudha stupa is still a center of Buddhist spiritual practice, and a testament to Nepal-Tibet friendship. Numerous monasteries have been built around the stupa, keeping alive various living traditions. The area also hosts one of the best Buddhist schools in the world.
The benefits of mindfulness and meditation has been well established. Until we learn to live in the present, and appreciate our being here, now, the joy of living will continue to elude us. The practice of meditation and mindfulness have been associated with Buddhist thought and practice, and the roots of this practice can be seen throughout Nepal, as you travel. Ancient Nepal was the seat of Buddhism. The place where Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism was born, Lumbini,