Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel
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... very dry up here!
Then, we had an hour or so to shop in the Barkhor Market. Here, stalls and shops offer Tibetan prayer flags, jewelry, cloth, traditional Tibetan clothing, statues of Buddha, food and lots of other exciting things! It was a feast for our cameras! We could have spent the entire day there wondering amongst the alleyways and people watching! It was hard to pull ourselves away. . .
Although I appreciate that each monastery has it's own importance and significance, after visiting so many monasteries in China, Bhutan, and Nepal I can truly say that I'm monasteried out. Today we went to visit two. The first one, Drepung monastery, was used by the second to fifth Dalai Lamas as their seat of administration. It was built in 1416 by Jamyang Choeje-Tashi-Phalden, a disciple of Tsong-Khapa. It is considered the ...
... answer back would sometime citing scripture to make their case. In responses the standing monk would either:
a.) clap hands face down together meaning that the monk sitting answered correctly
b.) clap with one hand facing up meaning the monk sitting was partly correct
c.) the monk standing would touch the monk sitting lightly on the head meaning your answer was completely wrong (I didn't get to see anyone do this though).
Apparently, they debate like ...
... barley fields being cut and to add further colour, pink and white cosmos blooming everywhere. A huge number of monasteries were destroyed in the 1960's and 70's but many remain and a lot are being rebuilt. We had a bit of a monastery smorgsmaborg, visiting twelve in 8 days. Architecturally similar, each had its own particular feature but my abiding memory will be of the complexity of Buddism, with a past Buddha, present Buddha, future Buddha, Buddha of compassion, Buddha ...
... kept concentrated on the street, hoping to not throw up or make an accident! :/
Samye Monastery and the pray hill
Once in Samye, the monastery was almost closes, so we had to postpone the tour to the morning after. But we still had the time to enjoy the warm day and to climb the hill full of pray flags.
On the top, the wind started to blow stronger and all the colored pray flags waved around us.
We kept going to climb till the top where a ...