prayer wheels


Tibetan prayer wheels (called Mani wheels by the Tibetans) are devices for spreading spiritual blessings and well being. Rolls of thin paper, imprinted with many, many copies of the mantra (prayer) Om Mani Padme Hum, printed in an ancient Indian script or in Tibetan script, are wound around an axle in a protective container, and … Continue reading prayer wheels

the summer palace


The Summer Palace (Norbulingka) is the home of the exiled Dalai Lama in Lhasa City. While is it his official residence, he has not stepped foot in it since 1959. On March 10, 1959 His Holiness received an invitation to attend a Chinese dance troupe show with conditions no Tibetan soldiers were to attend and his bodyguards … Continue reading the summer palace

debating philosophy


The monks at Serra Monastery gather daily in the dabbled sunlight of the courtyard to debate the finer points of philosophy and tutor the novices under their supervision. Their point of view is emphasized via a high-to-low clapping hand motion. Hence the arms in the air:)   Image location: Serra Monastery, Lhasa, Tibet © Kate … Continue reading debating philosophy