KATHMANDU: A Buddhist monk who blessed Everest climbers headed for the summit of the world's highest mountain has died in Nepal aged 87, local officials said Wednesday. Sherpa, who consider Everest sacred and call it Chomolungma ("Goddess Mother of Mountains"), would not climb the mountain without first visiting Lama Geshe. "Sherpas believe that his prayers were extremely powerful in protecting them on Everest," said Dawa Steven Sherpa of Asian Trekking, a mountaineering expedition organiser in Nepal. Tenzing Norgay, the first man to summit Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953, often said that Miyolangsangma guided him up the mountain and allowed him to reach its peak. Lama Geshe would also give climbers a talisman containing part of the mantra to wear around their necks during their ascent of Everest.
Source: New Strait Times February 14, 2018 08:26 UTC