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“The Tibetan is 'Khor ba (for circumambulation), but that is unsatisfactory, because this is the same word for Samsara -- the Spin Around -- The Tibetans do not use "Kora" as a stand alone. They say "'Khor Ba Byed" Byed is a firm that means to do or make. You do a circle, you circumambulate. Another way to say it in Tibetan is "Khora Kep" which is less literary, and means the same thing -- it's the way they actually talk. You can only know the difference between a circle, a circumambulation, and Samsara by the context, and the grammatical function the word is manifesting in.” – Chris Wilkinson

 

Khor ba, Khor Ba Byed, Khora Kep, circumambulate, kora, circumambulation, walking around a holy site

 

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Uploaded on March 24, 2008