Oct 13, 2005

Tibet trip: pilgrims

Sacred Buddhist sites in Tibet are full of pilgrims prostrating, chanting, murmuring, leaving offerings of money and yak butter, and swinging prayer wheels. There are Tibetan nomads, peasants, city workers, and some that may have even come back from living in China.

Pilgrims prostrating towards Jokhang temple in Lhasa, home to the most sacred shrine in Tibetan Buddhism.

Pilgrims passing the time with prayer wheels and prayer beads at Samye monastery.

Pilgrim exiting the Tomb of the 5th to 9th Panchen Lamas in Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse. As a side note, why is it called the “Tomb” and not “Tombs”, you ask? Because the Chinese desecrated and destroyed the original tombs of the Panchen Lamas in the 1960's. The current tomb with the remains salvaged from this atrocity was opened in 1989.

Pilgrims walking around the Barkhor in the early morning, before the street vendors have set up. The billowing smoke is juniper incense.


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