Yesterday was Puja Day—the day the Lama from Pengogoche (the oldest monastery in the world dating back to 16th century) came to Everest Base Camp (EBC). We actually visited this monastery on the trek to EBC. (See photo below)

He came for a ceremony asking permission from the mountain for us to climb it. It was a very spiritual time. Plus, it was a fun change up from training. I’ll admit that my heart was quietened as I thought about the journey ahead.

I wear two necklaces—a Cross that my Mom gave me upon my departure from home and a locket with photos of my girls inside. I did place these along with my pack and gear on the Puja Altar for blessings. It’s the only time that I have taken these off and probably won’t take them off again!

I’m told that Buddhists don’t pray for themselves; they pray for the healing of others and the world. Here’s a Perfect Day thought: we need to pray for others and also for healing in our country and world. So, take this moment and think about who needs to hear from you today! Who needs to hear a word of compassion from you and make it a part of your Perfect Day goal.

I was seated behind the Lama and was moved by this idea of compassion. I remain well but a lot of the people within my group here are sick. I’m very thankful for your prayers and ask that you continue.

Just so you know why my face in the photo on this blog looks powdery: Sampa is the flour-like substance that is put on us so that we will have long life. Here, it’s seen as a blessing to be gray and old!!!

On the 20th (your tomorrow), we move up the mountain for our first rotation. We will spend two days at Camp 1 then two days at Camp 2. Finally, we will climb to Camp 3 for a quick visit before returning to EBC that same day. It is all a part of acclimating to altitude changes.

I’ll keep you updated as much as possible. Remember, if I can move beyond Everest Base Camp #everestbasecamp in support of @hollingscancercenter and the fight against cancer, you can take the health pledge! Visit my personal Everyday Everest website to learn more. PLEASE consider donating to this life-giving effort! 

You can track my climb to the top of Mt. Everest! You will notice on my name is Helen Cox! Thanks for giving! I’ll keep you updated as we push on to the top of Mt. Everest.