Category Archives: Tibet

Drepung Monastery

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Tibet 2007 Drepung Monastery (Drepung means “rice heap”) is like a small city built on the side of a mountain. Streets wind among the many soot-smeared, white-washed brick buildings. Some buildings house temples dedicated to Buddha. Some are used as dormitories for the monks, … Continue reading

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Himalayan Boy

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Ladakh, India (formerly Western Tibet) The Himalayas look like a desert in October:  empty of vegetation, cold despite the bright sun, and at 14,000 feet, as we were here, guaranteed to inflict altitude sickness on the weak. This cute little … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping

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Drepung Monastery, Tibet 2007 Happy Father’s Day. Call Dad Today!

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Let Us Pray

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Tibet 2007 I noticed a monk sitting in the back of one of the myriad temples in the Potala Palace. He sat cross-legged in front of his prayer bench which you see here. Buddhist ‘scripture’ or prayers are written on those ancient-looking papers … Continue reading

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Potala Palace Abstract

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Tibet 2007 After I’d shot the Palace in its entirety, I segued into the detail shots. The isosceles trapezoidal shape of the windows is similar to the shape of Inca windows in Peru, but the Tibetans have added the heavy … Continue reading

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At Drepung Monastery

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Tibet: Drepung Monastery 2007 He stands before a Thanka, a Buddhist painting depicting some aspect of the religion. He’s been sent to get hot water for tea. I noticed the monks at this monastery had a solar method for heating … Continue reading

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Boy in Monastery

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Tibet: Drepung Monastery He carries a thermos filled with ghee. As he enters each shrine, he adds ghee to the flickering butter lamps before each statue of Buddha. Maybe he utters a prayer. Or maybe he constantly utters prayers as … Continue reading

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Pilgrims

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Zhana Monastery, Qinghai China 2007 Elderly women pause for a rest. They sit opposite the stone walls of the Zhana Monastery. The prayer wheel spins and the rosary beads pass through work-worn hands. They wear heavy outer garments made of yak … Continue reading

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Monk at Prayer

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Qinghai Province, China 2007 Zhana Monastery. A young man takes a rest as he circumnavigates the monastery. He doesn’t take a rest from his prayers, though. His unusual hat intrigued me. It looks like a prototype of the ubiquitous baseball … Continue reading

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On the Border with Tibet

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China 2007, near the Tibetan border Oh, I missed it here! Sometimes when I look at my old shots, I wonder what I was thinking or if I was thinking at all. I’m talking about the reflection of clouds on … Continue reading

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