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A VISIONARY JOURNEY TO THE EAST
~ 2003 ~


NEPAL AND TIBET


       After a week in Kathmandu (paradise!), we headed overland through the Tibetan mountains in Land Cruisers, stopping at monastery towns like Latse, Xigatse and Gyantse. Mounting to 5000 metres at certain passes, the altitude hit us hard. Nights were Hell. But, the wonderful karma of the Tibetans kept us going. By the time we reached Lhasa, we had been swept up into a wondrous world of temples, monks, prayer and pilgrimmages.



NEPAL
Durbar Square
in Kathmandu

NEPAL
Terraced farming

NEPAL
Entrace to the temple
of Kumari
The Living Goddess

TIBET
The Karo La Pass (5010 m.)

NEPALESE
GODDESS
with colour offering

TIBET
Overland to Lhasa
in Land Cruisers

TIBET
Prayer flags
carrying prayers
on the wind

TIBET
Kumbum chorten
of 100,000 images

GYANTSE, TIBET
Eyes of the Kumbum chorten
Pelkor Chode Monastery

THE POTALA
Palace of the Dalai Lama
Lhasa, Tibet

WHITE TARA
in the Kumbum chorten

THE JOKHANG
Lhasa's main temple

TEMPLE INTERIOR
with gilded Buddha

YAMANTAKA
Protective Demon

MANDALA
on temple ceiling

HOLY FOOL
(which one..?)

SERA MONASTERY
Monks debating
in the courtyard
The standing monk
delivers a question
with a clap of the hands

GANDEN MONASTERY
Following Tibetan pilgrims
early in the morning
up the mountain to Ganden,
we came upon
an elaborate Fire Sacrifice

Gilded rooftops of
GANDEN MONASTERY

MOONRISE
During return journey to Nepal




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