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Monastic Light And Shade


Our route took us on to Likir Monastery, a one thousand-year old Tibetan Buddhist community.
Both its centuries of prayer and our privilege of being their only visitors contributed to the perception that Likir was a place of palpable peace

Climbing the steep hill on which the monastery stands, we walked through shadowed passages, past rows of prayer wheels and into an ascending series of temples.
The monks smiled kindly, but said nothing.
Whatever we might be seeking, it would have to be found in silence.

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Please forgive the advert which precedes this clip.
It came as quite a shock to me but the contrast with what follows is dramatic and perhaps, inadvertently telling..

Pictures taken in Likir Monastery, Ladakh.

10 responses

  1. It is comforting to know that there is this silence and prayer at the top of the world. Were you able to sit with the monks as they meditated?

    May 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    • The monks all seemed to be busy with their everyday chores: they just smiled and left us to it..

      At a much more mundane level, I was particularly pleased that, providing no flash-light was used, visitors were welcome to take pictures. (It’s not always the case)

      After sitting in silence, I could quietly photograph anything and everything. With just the two of there, we were disturbing no one.

      May 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm

  2. Beautiful shots! I love the narrow stairways.

    May 4, 2012 at 3:59 am

    • Those narrow stairways are very picturesque – but also exceedingly steep!

      May 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

      • I bet they can give you quite a work-out.

        May 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

        • Well I took them quite slowly. At those altitudes one easily becomes short of breath!

          May 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

          • I can only imagine. Do you know how many feet it is above sea level?

            May 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

            • I’m not sure, but Leh, our “base-camp”, is 10,500 ft above sea level and much of Ladakh is considerably higher!

              May 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

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