On virtually every stupa (Buddhist shrine) in Nepal, there are giant pairs of eyes staring out from the four sides of the main tower. These are Buddha Eyes (also known as Wisdom Eyes), and they look out in the four directions to symbolize the omniscience (all-seeing) of a Buddha. The Buddha eyes are so prevalent throughout the country that they have become a symbol of Nepal itself. Between the Buddha's eyes where the nose would be is a curly symbol that looks like question mark. This is the Nepali character for the number 1, which symbolizes unity of all the things as well as the one way to reach enlightenment—through the Buddha's teachings. Above this is a third eye, symbolizing the all-seeing wisdom of the Buddha.
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ARG Handicrafts - Kathmandu, Nepal
Radha Krishna Desar, now in his early 30’s, began over 15 years ago learning the craft of jewelry making from his family, who for decades have been producing Nepalese jewelry. Radha proudly states that the skill of handicraft production is in his blood. He is very overwhelmed for the support he gets from being able to sell his jewelry around the world.
Although Radha has gone on to get a Bachelor’s degree he is happy to continue the handicraft skill handed down by his forefathers. Not only is he able to support his family through his craft but over the years he has grown his fair trade business to provide work for 9 artisans that work with him.
Besides that he loves working in the handicraft field. Radha is determined to keep expanding his skill as well as his silver products business through this love for his work.
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