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When they arrived at the Shanka boat landing they goti̅ona coracle (ferry) boat,
and at that time, because they were anxious to get toLhasa quickly, Phuntsog lifted his
foot too energetically and opened a wound on his right calf that had been made when he
was bitten by a nomad"si̅dog on the trip. From ai̅hole in his pants, pusand blood seeped
thurough. Panden saw it in the rnoonlight and said, "Father, bloodis coming out of your
foot." The father to]d Panden, "Do not worry. When Isee the jo, it will be cured." A nd
then he took his son in hislap andlifted him on to the boat. i̅ When the father and son finally
Circumarnbulation Road
Circumarnbulation Road, it was dawnanda clear day. On the right corner of the Outer
Road they saw there were many people sitting in a line. When they went up to them aund
]ooked, some were prayingwithaclothspreadoutinfrontofthemwaitingi̅hopefullyfor
a]ms. Below them was ai̅line of crippled individuals aund prisoners with their feet shackled
and their necks boundwith woodcangues. Wherever one looked, as faras the eye cou]d
see, it was full of beggars. A s for the peoplewalking on the Outer Road, they were going
one after another without break. Many peop]e had special]y come to giVe alms to the
beggars. They had sacks and other containers, andi̅from these gave each and everybeggar
such things as money or tsamba as they did their circumambulation. Some were all
dressed up withi̅jewels and fine c]othes. Some hadjusti̅enough clothes to coVer their
private parts. Similarly, there were different nationa]ities and customs (clothes, etc.)
among the mass of peop]e who were moving like flowing waterin one direction. Father
Phuntsog and his son Panden were utter]yi̅amazedaund st odwatching fora moment
absorbed. Suddenly, as ifregaining consciousness, Phuntsog took Panden's hand, and
asking someone directions, wenti̅walking quickly. Not long after that they arrived at the
door ofLhasa's Cathedral. Thelineofpeoplewaitingtodothereligiousvisitwasupto
the tree called "jo"s hair" and the fatherand son went to the end of that line and gradually
moved forwardtoward the entranceofthecathedal.
15 .8.3 Grammaticalnotes

. Some contemporaurypublicationsinTibetusequotationmarksinadditiontothe
traditional markers of direct speech. i̅ i̅
2. སྡུག་ད་ཀའ་ལས་ is anabbreViation of སྡུག་པོ་ and དཀའ་ལས་ ("suffering and hardship") .
3. ངེས་ here is usedas an inVoluntaryverb meaning "to be certain."
4. འིཁོར་ is an involuntary verb that means "toreturn" or "come back" to some place or
position. Thus, with regard to doing prayersonarosauryitreferstothecompletionofone


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