"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Community, Colour And Conflict

Situated less than thirty kilometres from Gangtok, Rumtek is the largest monastery in Sikkim.

Rumtek glories in brilliant colour, inside and out.



But it is also the site of sectarian contention.

A situation serious enough to warrant armed guards, who politely but thoroughly examined our passports and paperwork.
Sadly, Tibetan Buddhists are not immune to the violence and community-shattering controversies which beset all religions.

Pictures taken at Rumtek Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Sikkim.

2 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    It seems, on the surface to be an idyllic place, what with all that colour but it is sad that there is still so much contention.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    • Rumtek had a “good feeling”. It may well be that now the two factions have been physically separated the tensions have “vanished”.
      The whole situation put me mind of the different Christian sects who as custodians of the holy places in Israel and Palestine have been coming to blows for centuries.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm

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