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Oṃ Maṇi Padme Hūṃ
ༀམཎིཔ' 21;ྨེཧཱུ& #3971;།
It is very good to recite the mantra om mani padre hum, but while you are doing it you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast - generosity, ethics, …
... Our first day ended, and we finally got some rest, couldn't waiting for the day after! Funny notes: At Norbulingka, I went to the toilet, that seemed more a long horizontal hole where you have to stay suspended, doing your "things" and watching them going away! If you don't like this kind of adventure, avoid the public toiled, that often don't even have doors! What we learnt: - Buddhism is for everyone, from the poorest to the oldest person. ...
... this? - At least a dozen times What if I get caught on the way? - They turn you back or they take your bribe How many have had to bribe a guard? - Only twice (bribes are ¥1000 or $170) How many got turned back? - One person was turned back at the first check point (right at the Tibet border) Can I be detained? What is law? - No, they will just ask you to leave Tibet. What if I get caught in Lhasa? - They revoke your Chinese visa and you get in the 1st flight ...
... One of the passengers joked "I always imagined the gates to Lhasa would look like this."
We arrived at the hotel and found out for the next 2 nights we will being staying at probably the nicest hotel of the whole trip - the Lhasa Gang Jian Hotel. This has been certainly the cleanest hotel since Kathmandu. And everything seems to be in working order - the toilet flushes, the shower is hot, the shower has nice pressure. It has all of the western amenities - ...
... having looked nothing like any of us expected!
And so after dinner we headed to the palace, primarily so everyone else could get photos of it all lit up and beautiful at night, but also to indulge in a bit more dancing at the monument opposite. We arrived just in time for the dancing so whilst Murray, Belinda and Stephen went to get their photos, Annie, Jeff and I put on our dancing shoes! Bless Jeff, he was terrible! Seldom have I ever seen someone's movements so ...