Of Monks and Monasteries

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A spectacular view

There are hundreds of Buddhist Monasteries in Tibet and they are an integral part of life here. We visited the Pabonka Monastery, situated at the base of the mountains which surround Lhasa, and offers panoramic views of the area and the Potala Palace. The Monastery was built in the 7th century and is one of the most ancient Buddhist sites in Lhasa.

A Pilgrim - if she can do it so can I!
A Pilgrim – if she can do it so can I!

We joined the pilgrims in their kora, the circumambulation of a sacred site which is both a type of pilgrimage and meditative practice. Smiles, stares, giggles and frequent helloโ€™s greeted us as we joined the Tibetans of all ages, dressed predominantly in traditional clothing, carrying Continue reading