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Aspiring To Altitude: Beginning The Descent

A monk descends from the monastery’s upper temple, carrying sacred texts.

Picture taken in Diskit Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Ladakh. 

4 responses

  1. S. Etole

    Is there significance to the way the steps are painted? It almost seems like a pattern.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:04 am

    • I’m sure there is a significance, though what it might be I cannot tell you! Tibetan Buddhism is full of mysticism and symbolism but its language and iconography are not easily understood by outsiders.

      What I can tell you, however, is that the monks were gentle, cheerful and welcoming.

      April 23, 2012 at 7:13 am

  2. Toffeeapple

    Very intense colours again, marvellous. Seems that you had a good time there.

    April 24, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    • Diskit monastery is a very special place – and the altitude, of course, brings great intensity to its light and colour..

      April 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm

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