Archive | July, 2013

Chengdu again

After a 14+ hour bus trip from Lahrong Monastery to Chengdu, we were ready for some quiet exploration and photography! We left Lahrong at 5 am to get the bus for Chengdu.  Rather than go to bus terminus it was decided that we meet the bus at a small town on a cross road where […]

Lahrong Monastery – Tibet

Arrived in Lharong Monastery, the largest in the world.   WOW, OMG!!!!  A centre for Buddhist study and contemplation, 3000 monks and 8,000 nuns study here. The monastery operates on the Buddhist Rime principle – all sects accepted and considered equal and important.  Open mindedness and debate are the order of the day. The Chinese […]

Road to Lahrong Monastery

One of my favourite topics is road quality.  Anything I had seen up to this point paled into insignificance!  OMG!!  At home 95% of the road would be 4WD only and 75% of it closed as unsafe.  Yet here in Tibet the local cars, buses, motorbikes etc pass up and down constantly!  It was such […]

Monks’ Conference – Tibet

The Annual conference of Buddhist monks was held in Chutung Monastery, not far from Dzamthang.  It was seen as a photo opportunity too good to miss. On arrival we were greeted by the sight of a thousand burgundy robed monks spread out across the fields, debating, listening, chatting, learning, eating and networking.  Delegates badges, bags […]

Dzamthang Monastery – Tibet

AMAZING – what else can one say, simply glorious. We were afforded a private tour and free access for photography and video.  We started in the main prayer area – SO beautiful!!! Under restoration and being carefully repainted and repaired, we explored the 5 levels around the gorgeous central Buddha. Then we were escorted to […]

Dzamthang Village – Tibet

We arrived in Dzamthang Village (may have another name, but is the village attached to Dzamthang Monastery) late in the day. The annual Buddhist Monks Conference was occurring in the region and there was a heightened police presence and wariness about how our presence might be received.  In order to be low profile we spent […]

Thuchen to Dzamthang – Tibet

Another amazing journey – Thuchen to Dzamthang – as we headed approximately westerly, deeper in the TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region). The road was incredible.  Paved generally, but subjected to extremes of weather and broken up in sections. Vivid in my memory are the overhanging rock faces, towering across the road and sheer drops on other […]

Monastery by Thuchen

Wow! Wow! Wow! This monastery sat at the top of a huge mountain and was splendid!  Stunning views (all the way up!!), beautiful colours … speechless!! Sitting on the mountain top, 1800m above the town (already at 4,500m altitude).  Needless to say it was a spectacular drive up!! We zigzagged up through incredible hairpin turns, keeping […]