On the ridge of Chhukong Ri, 10 kilometers south of Mt. Everest, hang Buddhist prayer flags. Yellow, blue, white, green and red, symbolizing earth, sky/space, air/wind, water, and fire respectively. Even though it is a long and strenuous climb up, Sherpas make sure that there are always prayer flags here. The stronger the winds tear at the flags, the better, all the more likely that the written mantras or words of good will and compassion for all beings will pervade through the world.
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