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

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Samye is the first monastery that was built in Tibet
Samye is the first monastery that was built in Tibet.

 

Door handle.
Door handle.

 

One of the 4 main stupas inside Samye
One of the 4 main stupas inside Samye

 

A mural of Guru Rinpoche, the teacher that first brought Buddhism to Tibet.
A mural of Guru Rinpoche, the teacher that first brought Buddhism to Tibet.

Inside one of the many meditation caves of Chimpu near Samye.
Inside one of the many meditation caves of Chimpu near Samye.

The meditation seat inside a meditation cave.
A meditation seat inside a meditation cave.

This Tibetan Lama has spent 5 years in retreat in the cave from the photos above.
This Tibetan Lama has spent 5 years in retreat in the cave from the photos above.

Meditation huts cover the hillside at Chimpu. There are between 100 and 200 people in long term retreat at Chimpu.
Meditation huts cover the hillside at Chimpu. There are between 100 and 200 people in long term retreat at Chimpu.

A hilltop meditation hut.
A hilltop meditation hut.

Some of the meditation places are free standing buildings like this one and some are small caves.
Some of the meditation places are free standing buildings like this one and some are small caves.

Walking back to Samye, Chimpu area is the furthest hillside in the distance.
Walking back to Samye, Chimpu area is the furthest hillside in the distance.

 

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