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* * TIBET * * A People and Their Culture * * August 2006

August 2006. Most images shot with the 5D.

See through your own eyes and feel with your own heart.

If you enjoy these images or don't enjoy them, please leave a comment as I always like to know what you have to say.

Please vote if you like this gallery. I made a number of friends in Tibet and one reason I have so many willing pictures of people is becuase they wanted other people to see them and where they live.

**Give voice and destiny back to Tibetans**

***2008 A recent correspondence from a Tibetan: From a family member in Tibet:

"Tibetan monks shot to death by Chinese police. And worse yet, from our family sources in Tibet, I heard that the Chinese government has cut off food, water and electrcity of the monasteries. The monks are left to die of starvation. We also heard that many Tibetans including monks and nuns are committing suicide. Its so hard to be at peace of mind when I see innocent people dying every second." name withheld


Summer 2006:


In the summer of 2006 I had the opportunity to speak with a few monks in Tibet. Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, at one time had many monasteries, as did many other areas of Tibet. During and after the occupation of Tibet by China in 1959, many of the monasteries were razed either by shelling from tanks as they went through valleys or by explosive charges set by the Chinese. Tibetan deities were removed from most all monasteries and burned. The Winter Palace in Lhasa was one of the few monasteries spared this insult because Mao wanted it preserved. As a result of this monks tend to be less dispersed than in the past and because of attrition and the general requirement by China that monks be 18 or older before entering the practice and many of the extreme pressures on the monks, their numbers have dropped dramatically. In one of the main monasteries in Lhasa the number of monks had been maintained at approximately 9600 but after the 1959 occupation and control of the populace by Beijing, the number has dropped to 4400 and is falling. As it was put to me, a boy of 12 or 13 might be happy to join the monastery but when his attention starts to be drawn to girls, why would he want to be a monk?

It was in a quiet out of the way area in one of the main monasteries of Lhasa a monk spoke to me. His English was quite good. At one point he transitioned into Mandarin but when I understood little of what he said he spoke again in English. I felt at the time that he was testing me. He expressed that when monks left the monastery to bring back food or supplies they were often stopped. There are checkpoints outside that require them to state where they were going and exactly when they would be back and are normally given only a few hours to complete any tasks they might have. The penalty for violating this imposed time frame were greater scrutiny and surveillance or arrest. He also expressed that while life was difficult with the many constraints placed on them, inner peace and solitude was their salvation and knowing that the path to spiritual awareness is within and is something no one can disrupt if you hold fast to it.

There are monks that spend many hours in the plazas around Lhasa seeking donations, which support the monasteries. This practice has a long history and is part of the interlaced ladder of support within the Tibetan landscape.

When Tibet decided to proceed on a spiritual path, knowing that inner peace and spiritual awareness requires no war with neighbors, the once strong army Tibet had maintained was allowed to languish. Now there is a war of ideologies with that coming from Beijing backed by an army. While it is noble to seek spiritual awareness while being oppressed, how much more fulfilling would this be without the constant oppression of a people and their belief system. Now in 2008 Tibetan people have expressed that the suppression of their belief system over the last 4 to 5 decades must be resolved.

As people in minority communities that I spoke with in China in Hunan and neighboring provinces expressed, the central government has always sought to invalidate their specific needs and desires. There are 56 minority peoples in mainland China that comprise 6 percent of the population. What they have undergone for a few thousand years the Tibetans are seeing now. The main difference is that world news travels much faster now and it is more difficult to smother the truth. I hope that China can learn to live in peace with Tibetans allowing them to practice their belief system. It would seem to show a mature national outlook by the Chinese central government to be secure enough within their own ideology that freedom is not something to fear if what you offer is equality with compassion.




Please help with donations for emergency relief efforts in response to the Tibetan Earthquake of 2010 by donating to Machik: www.machik.org



Debating monks, Sera Monastary, Lhasa, Tibet.
Debating monks, Sera Monastary, Lhasa, Tibet.
t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66545242.Ealti6m7.jpg Part of the daily debates at Sera monastary, Lhasa.
Part of the daily debates at Sera monastary, Lhasa.
Debating monks, Sera Monastary, Lhasa, Tibet
Debating monks, Sera Monastary, Lhasa, Tibet
t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66600333.rmexrrF1.jpg
t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66545245.CVQ72ZLN.jpg t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66545246.yjyZQQf7.jpg t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66545248.1K7oEy8k.jpg Asking for alms.
Asking for alms.
One arm and no functioning legs.
One arm and no functioning legs.
Prayer flags, Lhasa.
Prayer flags, Lhasa.
t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66545253.XNfuShxu.jpg t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66545879.aPvunI8z.jpg Tibetan ani (nun), near Lhasa
Tibetan ani (nun), near Lhasa
Putting on a face.
Putting on a face.
Waiting for his master to return.
Waiting for his master to return.
Ani at their high mountain homes near Lhasa.
Ani at their high mountain homes near Lhasa.
A young monk in a mountain monastery above Lhasa, Tibet.
A young monk in a mountain monastery above Lhasa, Tibet.
t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66550434.DIAdkQFe.jpg Carefully carving religious stones.
Carefully carving religious stones.
Wall painting, Nechung monastary, Lhasa
Wall painting, Nechung monastary, Lhasa
Deities taking revenge.
Deities taking revenge.
Wall paintings, Nechung monastary, Lhasa
Wall paintings, Nechung monastary, Lhasa
Wall paintings, Nechung monastary, Lhasa
Wall paintings, Nechung monastary, Lhasa
Nechung Monastary, Lhasa.
Nechung Monastary, Lhasa.
The face of an angry deity at Nechung monastary, Lhasa
The face of an angry deity at Nechung monastary, Lhasa
Potala winter palace of the Dalai Lama.
Potala winter palace of the Dalai Lama.
Prayer flags in the mountains above Lhasa.
Prayer flags in the mountains above Lhasa.
t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66551852.s4e2JzGn.jpg Lhasa, Tibet
Lhasa, Tibet
On the way to Mt. Everest.
On the way to Mt. Everest.
Road to the base camp at Mt. Everest. Horses are used to move people and supplies back and forth.
Road to the base camp at Mt. Everest. Horses are used to move people and supplies back and forth.
Early morning view of Chomolungma (Mt. Everest).
Early morning view of Chomolungma (Mt. Everest).
Horse down.
Horse down.
Shigatse on the way to the Nepal border.
Shigatse on the way to the Nepal border.
t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66555433.ZWkW4rHL.jpg Between Lhasa and Nepal border.
Between Lhasa and Nepal border.
Very near the Nepal border.
Very near the Nepal border.
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The eyes of Buddha.
The eyes of Buddha.
He slept while his children begged for money.
He slept while his children begged for money.
Loved by his sister.
Loved by his sister.
Lhasa, Tibet
Lhasa, Tibet
Lhasa, Tibet
Lhasa, Tibet
Prayers are commonly tossed from the vehicles when going over a pass.
Prayers are commonly tossed from the vehicles when going over a pass.
t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66601485.5WM821Cx.jpg t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66615378.ZyXhyylz.jpg Setting sun.
Setting sun.
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High mountain fortress.
High mountain fortress.
Boxed-up.
Boxed-up.
t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66723177.ZVg15Kw9.jpg t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66726317.lAHbcXuX.jpg t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66729406.C31jn9vB.jpg
t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66731375.qXuFCLOA.jpg t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66733124.UKduij1h.jpg t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66734421.PVCamENI.jpg In Hand
In Hand
t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66735653.jn14yQw0.jpg
Unbelievable. Tibet.
Unbelievable. Tibet.
 the Knitter
the Knitter
t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66785534.1QThdOy4.jpg t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66786268.WHf9WMvR.jpg Winter boots.
Winter boots.
t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66794757.ADiJC6nU.jpg t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66819669.zrlEGPiu.jpg Red coral necklace.
Red coral necklace.
t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66823820.BwTn0wLY.jpg 8 and 10 year old smokers.
8 and 10 year old smokers.
t1%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66847318.4djFZ0qA.jpg First light on Chomolungma (Mt. Everest).
First light on Chomolungma (Mt. Everest).
t5%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66870757.WjJBb05B.jpg The tossing of the Tibetan khatta.
The tossing of the Tibetan khatta.
t5%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66874861.NoGjUkvr.jpg
t5%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66883073.BIzipyfI.jpg t5%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f67462989.cgkaPWB3.jpg Buddha
Buddha
t5%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66914320.LagFfKtI.jpg boxed-up
boxed-up
t5%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66936865.zepAVD7r.jpg t5%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66939306.463lcFyb.jpg Rocks stacked for prayers as a high pass approaching Nepal from Tibet while taking an overland route.
Rocks stacked for prayers as a high pass approaching Nepal from Tibet while taking an overland route.
Religious clay mold.
Religious clay mold.
Molded clay trimmed and ready to be sun dried.
Molded clay trimmed and ready to be sun dried.
Downtown Lhasa in the Chinese section.
Downtown Lhasa in the Chinese section.
t5%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66981171.vcpW3XcM.jpg t5%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66984421.oc1mvl4J.jpg t5%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66985095.bWUdhpPX.jpg t5%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f66998553.uAbpErWT.jpg
t5%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f67539699.h41rcOeS.jpg t5%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f67545349.AikkdCFj.jpg Lhasa, Tibet
Lhasa, Tibet
Mother and child.
Mother and child.
Ani (nun) near her home in the mountains near Lhasa, Tibet.
Ani (nun) near her home in the mountains near Lhasa, Tibet.
t6%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f69893584.7CVmUQG7.jpg t6%2f14%2f637114%2f4%2f69895226.lgdrkrKR.jpg 1. Assault on Tibetan employee at the Summer Palace, Lhasa Tibet.
1. Assault on Tibetan employee at the Summer Palace, Lhasa Tibet.
2. Assault on a Tibetan employee by a female tourist from China, at the Summer Palace, Lhasa Tibet.
2. Assault on a Tibetan employee by a female tourist from China, at the Summer Palace, Lhasa Tibet.
3. Assault on Tibetan employee by a female tourist from China at the Summer Palace, Lhasa Tibet.
3. Assault on Tibetan employee by a female tourist from China at the Summer Palace, Lhasa Tibet.
4. Assault on a Tibetan employee at the Summer Palace, Lhasa Tibet.
4. Assault on a Tibetan employee at the Summer Palace, Lhasa Tibet.
Praying, monastery doors.
Praying, monastery doors.
Elder monk
Elder monk
Elder at Drepung Monastary
Elder at Drepung Monastary