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On Pilgrimage in the Land of Snows: Visiting the Sacred Sites of Tibet

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The start of the trip to Cholung followed the Brahamaputa river.
The start of the trip to Cholung followed the Brahmaputra river.

 

Parts of the route we walked and for part we got a ride in the back of truck.
Parts of the route we walked and for part we got a ride in the back of truck.

 

Sunset form Cholong monastery
Sunset form Cholung monastery.

 

One of those digital camera self protraits.
One of those digital camera self portraits.

 

The room we stayed in at Cholung are the ones with black paint around the windows.
The room we stayed in at Cholung is the one with black paint around the windows.

 

The killer guard dog at the monastery, whom Christine called 'Snoopy'.
The killer guard dog at the monastery, whom Christine called 'Snoopy'.

 

Stupa near Cholung monastery.
Stupa near Cholung monastery.

 

Cholung monastery.
Cholung monastery.

 

These solar reflectors are used all over Tibet to boil water and cook food.
These solar reflectors are used all over Tibet to boil water and cook food.

 

A Tibetan guy from one of the local villages.
A Tibetan guy from one of the local villages.

 

Lama Tsong Khapa, one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism. Cholung is famous because it is where Lama Tsong Khapa (1357-1419) stayed in retreat for many years.
Lama Tsong Khapa, one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism. Cholung is famous because it is where Lama Tsong Khapa (1357-1419) stayed in retreat for many years.

 

The place where Lama Tsong Khapa did many mandala offerings.
The place where Lama Tsong Khapa did many mandala offerings.

 

Part of the stone where he did many prostrations.
Part of the stone where he did many prostrations.

 

One of the retreat cave used by students of Lama Tsong Khapa during the time he lived at Choling.
One of the retreat cave used by students of Lama Tsong Khapa during the time he lived at Choling.

 

Another retreat cave.
Another retreat cave.

 

The remains of a house that was built just outside one of the meditation caves.
The remains of a house that was built just outside one of the meditation caves.

 

Inside one of the caves that is still used.
Inside one of the caves that is still used.

 

A stone engraving of a Buddha
A stone engraving of a Buddha.

 

Cholung monastery. The cave where Lama Tsong Khapa stayed is the orange building the upper right.
Cholung monastery. The cave where Lama Tsong Khapa stayed is the orange building the upper right.

 

Chosang monastery just next to Cholung. This is another place where Lama Tsong Khapa stayed.
Chosang monastery just next to Cholung. This is another place where Lama Tsong Khapa stayed.

 

Christine sitting on top of the retreat cave where Lama Tsong Khapa stayed at Chosang.
Christine sitting on top of the retreat cave where Lama Tsong Khapa stayed at Chosang.

 

Christine in front of pray flags at Chosang.
Christine in front of pray flags at Chosang.

 

Cholung is on the side of barren hillside
Cholung is on the side of barren hillside.

 

Woka the town below Cholung.
Woka the town below Cholung.

 

 

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All images and text Copyright © 2004 Ray Kreisel