Mt. Kailash
A Journey to Lhasa and Mt. Kailash

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2006-08-31 lhasa

From Chengdu, China everyone flew to Lhasa, Tibet.
From Chengdu, China everyone flew to Lhasa, Tibet.


Linda in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. The Potala is the former winter palace of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Linda in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. The Potala is the former winter palace of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


Monks buying cell phones. Lhasa, Tibet.
Monks buying cell phones. Lhasa, Tibet.


A small temple behind the Jokhang temple in central Lhasa.
A small temple behind the Jokhang temple in central Lhasa.


Speaks for itself. In front the Jokhang temple, Lhasa, Tibet.
Speaks for itself. In front the Jokhang temple, Lhasa, Tibet.


Chinese tourist photographing a \
Chinese tourist photographing a "real Tibetan monk."


Tibetan man making offerings in front of the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.
Tibetan man making offerings in front of the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.


Statue of Lama Tsong Khapa, founder of the Geluk order of Buddhism. This statue was commissioned by Tsong Khapa himself and is said to be an accurate resemblance of him. Lhasa, Tibet.
Statue of Lama Tsong Khapa, founder of the Geluk order of Buddhism. This statue was commissioned by Tsong Khapa himself and is said to be an accurate resemblance of him. Lhasa, Tibet.


Roof of the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.
Roof of the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.


The Dalai\'s room on the roof of the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.
The Dalai's room on the roof of the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.


Prayer wheels inside the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.
Prayer wheels inside the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.


Tibetan woman walking around the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.
Tibetan woman walking around the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.


Kerri on the roof of the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.
Kerri on the roof of the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.


Eight spoked wheel of dharma symbolizes the 8-fold path of Buddhism. Lhasa, Tibet.
Eight spoked wheel of dharma symbolizes the 8-fold path of Buddhism. Lhasa, Tibet.


Tibetans prostrating in front of the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.
Tibetans prostrating in front of the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.


Statue in small temple behind the Jokhang. Lhasa, Tibet.
Statue in small temple behind the Jokhang. Lhasa, Tibet.


Solar hot water cooker. There are more than 200,000 of these used in Tibet. Lhasa, Tibet.
Solar hot water cooker. There are more than 200,000 of these used in Tibet. Lhasa, Tibet.


Butter lamp offerings. Lhasa, Tibet.
Butter lamp offerings. Lhasa, Tibet.


A statue of Lama Tsong Khapa (1357-1419). Gadong, Tibet.
A statue of Lama Tsong Khapa (1357-1419). Gadong, Tibet.


The small rural village of Gadong, outside of Lhasa. Gadong, Tibet.
The small rural village of Gadong, outside of Lhasa. Gadong, Tibet.


Inside Lama Tsong Khapa\'s cave in Gadong.  This is where LTK had his first vision of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Gadong, Tibet.
Inside Lama Tsong Khapa's cave in Gadong. This is where LTK had his first vision of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Gadong, Tibet.


A photo of Ani Christine left from Ray and Christine\'s visit here in 2004. Gadong, Tibet.
A photo of Ani Christine left from Ray and Christine's visit here in 2004. Gadong, Tibet.


Ray and Shimi Kushu, a Tibetan friend from Gadong. Gadong, Tibet.
Ray and Shimi Kushu, a Tibetan friend from Gadong. Gadong, Tibet.


View from Lama Tsong Khapa\'s cave in Gadong. Gadong, Tibet.
View from Lama Tsong Khapa's cave in Gadong. Gadong, Tibet.


Broken windows in the Gadong monastery. Gadong, Tibet.
Broken windows in the Gadong monastery. Gadong, Tibet.


The local power company. Lhasa, Tibet.
The local power company. Lhasa, Tibet.


Roof detail from the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.
Roof detail from the Jokhang temple. Lhasa, Tibet.


Ganden Monastery, just a couple hours outside of Lhasa, Tibet.
Ganden Monastery, just a couple hours outside of Lhasa, Tibet.


An old cooking oil tin, with an interesting brand name. Ganden, Monastery Tibet.
An old cooking oil tin, with an interesting brand name. Ganden, Monastery Tibet.


Wood  blocks for printing prayer flags. Drepung Monastery, Tibet.
Wood blocks for printing prayer flags. Drepung Monastery, Tibet.


A self-arisen image of Tara. Drepung Monastery, Tibet.
A self-arisen image of Tara. Drepung Monastery, Tibet.


Small plastic monks for sale at the monastery gift shop. Drepung Monastery, Tibet.
Small plastic monks for sale at the monastery gift shop. Drepung Monastery, Tibet.


Monastery roof top.
Monastery roof top.


Glenn, Kerri, and Janet.
Glenn, Kerri, and Janet.


Ray, Elmer and Janet in a truck on the way home from Drepung Monastery outside of Lhasa, Tibet.
Ray, Elmer and Janet in a truck on the way home from Drepung Monastery outside of Lhasa, Tibet.


A statue just opposite the Potala Palace showing the Tibetans working hand in hand with the Chinese, building a better nation. Lhasa, Tibet.
A statue just opposite the Potala Palace showing the Tibetans working hand in hand with the Chinese, building a better nation. Lhasa, Tibet.


Potala Palace. Lhasa, Tibet.
Potala Palace. Lhasa, Tibet.


Potala Palace. Lhasa, Tibet.
Potala Palace. Lhasa, Tibet.


Potala Palace. Lhasa, Tibet.
Potala Palace. Lhasa, Tibet.


Bowl vendor. Lhasa, Tibet.
Bowl vendor. Lhasa, Tibet.


Old mural of Lama Tsong Khapa.
Old mural of Lama Tsong Khapa.


Ganden Monastery.
Ganden Monastery.


Image of Lama Tsong Khapa carved into a rock.
Image of Lama Tsong Khapa carved into a rock.


Lama Tsong Khapa\'s retreat hut at Ganden Monastery.
Lama Tsong Khapa's retreat hut at Ganden Monastery.


Lama Tsong Khapa\'s retreat hut at Ganden Monastery. Ganden itself was founded by Lama Tsong Khapa.
Lama Tsong Khapa's retreat hut at Ganden Monastery. Ganden itself was founded by Lama Tsong Khapa.


Kerri at Ganden Monastery.
Kerri at Ganden Monastery.


Ray and Glenn on the walk around Ganden mountain.
Ray and Glenn on the walk around Ganden mountain.


Lammergeiers gather at the Ganden sky burial site. When people die in Tibet, their bodies are cut up and fed to these enormous vultures.
Lammergeiers gather at the Ganden sky burial site. When people die in Tibet, their bodies are cut up and fed to these enormous vultures.


Sky burial site at Ganden Monastery.
Sky burial site at Ganden Monastery.


Shopping for our trip out to Mt. Kailash in Western Tibet. Lhasa, Tibet.
Shopping for our trip out to Mt. Kailash in Western Tibet. Lhasa, Tibet.


Lots of treats for the long trip to Mt. Kailash. Lhasa, Tibet.
Lots of treats for the long trip to Mt. Kailash. Lhasa, Tibet.


Ok Ray, hop in, we\'ll close the door behind you. Lhasa, Tibet.
Ok Ray, hop in, we'll close the door behind you. Lhasa, Tibet.


Will we ever get out of Lhasa? Linda are you ok? Lhasa, Tibet.
Will we ever get out of Lhasa? Linda are you ok? Lhasa, Tibet.


Big group dinner before taking off for Mt. Kailash. Lhasa, Tibet.
Big group dinner before taking off for Mt. Kailash. Lhasa, Tibet.


 


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