PHOTO: Shop in Old Lhasa Offers an Eclectic Mix of Merchandise

Shop in Old Lhasa offers an eclectic mix of merchandise

Never one to follow the crowds, I wandered away from busy Barkhor Square in Lhasa, Tibet. I had completed an obligatory Kora (clockwise circuit) of the Jokhang Temple, dodging prostrating pilgrims and crowds of tourists, but now the back streets beckoned. Just a block from the temple the teeming crowds dissipated and I was the … Read more

PHOTO: Yamdrok Lake, Jewel of the High Tibetan Plateau

Yamdrok Lake, one of the most sacred lakes in Tibet

Tibetans believe that lakes are the abodes of protective deities and therefore invested with special spiritual powers. Yamdrok Lake, located approximately between the capital of Lhasa and the town of Gyantse, is considered one of the most sacred bodies of water in Tibet. Local folklore relates that a fairy maiden was concerned that nine small … Read more

PHOTO: Smudge on the Nose of a Tibetan Child is a Form of Protection

In Tibetan Buddhism the noses of children are marked with soot to protect them from evil spirits

All across Tibet, I spied kids with black marks on their noses, like this young boy at Sera Monastery in Lhasa. Our guide explained that in Tibetan Buddhism folk tradition, placing a smudge of soot on the nose of a child is believed to ensure good sleep and provide protection. Parents routinely bring their children … Read more

PHOTO: Climbing to the Top of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet – What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger

From a nearby overlook, I got my frst glimmer of the stamina that climbing to the top of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, would require

I’d seen it in pictures, of course. The magnificent Potala Palace, rising vertically from its perch atop Red Mountain in the Tibetan capital city of Lhasa. This number one destination on my travel wish list had long eluded me. Until now. After years of waiting, I had finally made it to the exotic kingdom that … Read more

VIDEO: Parade in Honor of Dalai Lama’s 76th Birthday in Washington, DC

Dalai Lama at the Kalachakra for World Peace
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Kalachakra for World Peace Event

The first day of the Kalachakra for World peace event that began yesterday in Washington, DC fell on the 76th birthday of the Dalai Lama. After opening ceremonies, thousands of supporters streamed from the Verizon Center and paraded through the streets to the National Mall, where dances and celebrations were held to honor His Holiness. … Read more