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STOCK IMAGES & Travelogue: Bhutan - May 2004 - Oct 2004

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Om Ah Hung Vajra Guru Padme Siddhi


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Article about Gross National Happiness and The Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon: Happy Land
http://www.yogajournal.com/views/1332.cfm
In almost every valley in the Kingdom, people invest faith gods and Boddhisattava who are considered transcendent beings. But there are also numerous lesser known `worldly' gods (jigtenpai lha) and protector deities (sungma, zhidag, yulha, keylha etc.), whose existences illustrate the polytheistic structure of Bhutanese belief system. Deities having regional stature, as examples, are Phola Masang Chungdue in Haa and Paro; Jowo (brother) Drakey in Paro; Talo Gyalpo Pehar in Punakha; Geynyen Jagpa Melen and Domtshangpa in Thimphu; Sang Sangrey Deva and Phola Taktshang Gangpa in Dagana; Gomo and Dragchen Phola in Gasa; Sha Radrakpa and Kaytshugpa in Wangdi Phodrang; Keybu Lungtsan and Jowo Ludud Drakpa Gyeltshen in Bumthang; Ode Gungyal in periphery Kheng; Jowo Dhurshing and Mutsan Dorji Drachom in Trongsa; Terdag Zora Rakay in Kortoe; Zhidag Mongleng, Dangleng, Garap Wangchuk, and Tshongtshong in Tashigang; Aum Kanchim in Pasakha; Ama Jomo and her sisters in far eastern Bhutan; Dungpa Changlo and the Raja and Zangpo of Samdrup Jongkhar. There are numerous other deities who are known only within the boundaries of small settlements.
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BHUTAN STUDIES 'Gomchen'(lay female monk), we picked up on way to Kurjey Festival
@Kurjey Tshescu

BHUTAN STUDIES 'Gomchen'(lay female monk), we picked up on way to Kurjey Festival

My Cheri Monastery Guide up to the abbot/Lama's Chambers, Thimphu Valley,
fortress-style stairs
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My Cheri Monastery Guide up to the abbot/Lama's Chambers, Thimphu Valley,
fortress-style stairs

google:
Brief History of Cheri Vajra Monastery
Cheri Monastery, Top-end of Thimpu Valley
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google:
Brief History of Cheri Vajra Monastery
Cheri Monastery, Top-end of Thimpu Valley

Every morning, every evening, I will come for the salvation of all sentient beings. I will come as a rider mounted on the crown of rays of the rising sun -Guru Rinpoche
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"Every morning, every evening, I will come for the salvation of all sentient beings. I will come as a rider mounted on the crown of rays of the rising sun" -Guru Rinpoche

Thimphu, gentleman has a nice look at me, and vice versa , he is wearing the national dress, a gho, which is the legal required attire, perhaps, in part, because of the southern troubles not too many years before I visited
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Thimphu, gentleman has a nice look at me, and vice versa , he is wearing the national dress, a "gho", which is the legal required attire, perhaps, in part, because of the southern troubles not too many years before I visited

"grandpa near traffic circle"

Thimphu, Atsara /Jester, yangchangphu high school girls, dance contest
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Thimphu, Atsara /Jester, yangchangphu high school girls, dance contest

Thimphu, Yangchenphu High School, National Arbor Day, 6/04
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Thimphu, Yangchenphu High School, National Arbor Day, 6/04

@ the Subji/Vegetable, 'Lower' Market, tibet-bhutan style jewerly
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@ the Subji/Vegetable, 'Lower' Market, tibet-bhutan style jewerly

Thimphu, anim-nuns, doing health puja in sick neighbors house
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Thimphu, anim-nuns, doing health puja in sick neighbors house

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Tibetan Kid at Hongsho Checkpoint
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Tibetan Kid at Hongsho Checkpoint

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Wangdue Phodrang (1300m)
Wangdue Phodrang, means ‘the palace where the four directions are gathered under the power of the Shabdrung’. However the popular story has it that the Shabdrung arrived at the river and happened to see a boy building a sand castle. He asked for the boy's name, which was Wangdue, and thereupon decided to name the Dzong Wangdue Phodrang or 'Wangdue's Palace.' Wangdue Phodrang Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. Its position is remarkable as it completely covers the spur and commands an impressive view over both the north-south and east-west roads. The main road climbs the length of the spur and on the left, across the river, comes the first glimpse of the picturesque village of Rinchengang whose inhabitants are celebrated stonemasons.
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Wangdue Phodrang (1300m)
Wangdue Phodrang, means ‘the palace where the four directions are gathered under the power of the Shabdrung’. However the popular story has it that the Shabdrung arrived at the river and happened to see a boy building a sand castle. He asked for the boy's name, which was Wangdue, and thereupon decided to name the Dzong Wangdue Phodrang or 'Wangdue's Palace.' Wangdue Phodrang Dzong is perched on a spur at the confluence of two rivers. Its position is remarkable as it completely covers the spur and commands an impressive view over both the north-south and east-west roads. The main road climbs the length of the spur and on the left, across the river, comes the first glimpse of the picturesque village of Rinchengang whose inhabitants are celebrated stonemasons.

gantey goenpa, black mountains pass
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gantey goenpa, black mountains pass

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Trongsa (2300m)
Trongsa means 'the new village' and the founding of Trongsa first dates from the 16th century, which is indeed relatively recent for Bhutan. It was the Drukpa lama, Ngagi Wangchuk (1517-54), the great grandfather of Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, who founded the first temple at Trongsa in 1543. The landscape around Trongsa is spectacular, and for miles on the end the Dzong seems to tease you so that you wonder if you will ever arrive. The view extends for many kilometers and in the former times, nothing could escape the vigilance of its watchmen.
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Trongsa (2300m)
Trongsa means 'the new village' and the founding of Trongsa first dates from the 16th century, which is indeed relatively recent for Bhutan. It was the Drukpa lama, Ngagi Wangchuk (1517-54), the great grandfather of Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, who founded the first temple at Trongsa in 1543. The landscape around Trongsa is spectacular, and for miles on the end the Dzong seems to tease you so that you wonder if you will ever arrive. The view extends for many kilometers and in the former times, nothing could escape the vigilance of its watchmen.

The Black Hat Dance(Sha na) 
Either a Replication of the dance done before the killing of Lang Dharma(the evil Tibetan King, enemy of buddhism), A Bon Dance, and/or a symbolic depiction of the power of meditation to slay mental affliction
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The Black Hat Dance(Sha na)

Either a Replication of the dance done before the killing of Lang Dharma(the evil Tibetan King, enemy of buddhism), A Bon Dance, and/or a symbolic depiction of the power of meditation to slay mental affliction

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THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN HERE

NYIMALUNG MONASTERY IN GOOGLE EARTH
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THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN HERE



NYIMALUNG MONASTERY IN GOOGLE EARTH

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Queen Mother's New Temple next to Kurjey, Choskhor Valley, Bumthang
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Queen Mother's New Temple next to Kurjey, Choskhor Valley, Bumthang

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Kurjey Lhakhang Thoedrel
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Kurjey Lhakhang Thoedrel

Jamming
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Jamming

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Some of the 8 manifestations of padma sambhava, Kurjey.
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Some of the 8 manifestations of padma sambhava, Kurjey.

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Padmasambhava (One of 8 Manifestations)
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Padmasambhava (One of 8 Manifestations)

The 8 forms of Padmasambhava, CLICK ME
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The 8 forms of Padmasambhava, CLICK ME

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link to LOCATION IN GOOGLE EARTH
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link to LOCATION IN GOOGLE EARTH

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Bumthang Bhutanese, No Chilips
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Bumthang Bhutanese, No Chilips

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start of Lhodrak Karchu, only once every 4 years, exile lhakhang from the Chinese nearby border, where it was once in Tibet, in Lhodrak
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start of Lhodrak Karchu, only once every 4 years, exile lhakhang from the Chinese nearby border, where it was once in Tibet, in Lhodrak

Elevated
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Elevated

atsara(jesters) not 
APSARA(Khmer nymphs)
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atsara(jesters) not


APSARA(Khmer nymphs)


Cham, sacred dance, is always performed inside a mandala, which is itself a symbolic depiction of the Mount Meru(generally Mt.Kailas), the center of the world, and the the radiation outward from it of the world
I suppose this is the while outlines on the ground.
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Cham, sacred dance, is always performed inside a mandala, which is itself a symbolic depiction of the Mount Meru(generally Mt.Kailas), the center of the world, and the the radiation outward from it of the world

I suppose this is the while outlines on the ground.

The Original Black Hat Dancer(slayer of LangDharma) was apparently the reincarnation of Pelgyi Senge/Atsara Sale(a 14 year old boy who was a special holder of the Vajrakilaya initiation), and the 'special consort' Yeshe Tsogyel who was wanting to receive the latter intiation. In case you were curious.
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The Original Black Hat Dancer(slayer of LangDharma) was apparently the reincarnation of Pelgyi Senge/Atsara Sale(a 14 year old boy who was a special holder of the Vajrakilaya initiation), and the 'special consort' Yeshe Tsogyel who was wanting to receive the latter intiation. In case you were curious.

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Dance of the Cremation Grounds,  an important thread in Tibetan Buddhist Wisdom, teaching impermanence in all aspects of life, including the mind, 5 skulls on top of the mask, rainbow colored fans on their ears. The actors are also called citti patti or tur tu tak ba.
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Dance of the Cremation Grounds, an important thread in Tibetan Buddhist Wisdom, teaching impermanence in all aspects of life, including the mind, 5 skulls on top of the mask, rainbow colored fans on their ears. The actors are also called citti patti or tur tu tak ba.

?Ridding the year of 'negative forces' by cutting up the torma....
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?Ridding the year of 'negative forces' by cutting up the torma....

Torma, (roasted barley cake painted red), is offered, likely a substitute for animal sacrifices of earlier(Bon Religion?) traditions, to get rid of 'negativities'
The Amazing Stag then picks up the head, wildly spinning around flings the head into the crowd, the next dancer each put a piece of the body in their skull cap holders and dance with it.
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Torma, (roasted barley cake painted red), is offered, likely a substitute for animal sacrifices of earlier(Bon Religion?) traditions, to get rid of 'negativities'

The Amazing Stag then picks up the head, wildly spinning around flings the head into the crowd, the next dancer each put a piece of the body in their skull cap holders and dance with it.

Kurjey
 
GOOGLE EARTH LOCATION OF THIS TEMPLE CLICK ME
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Kurjey

GOOGLE EARTH LOCATION OF THIS TEMPLE CLICK ME

A skull cap it often tied to a scarf, the scarf spreads the action quality of compassion, while the skull(banda) represents impermanence.
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A skull cap it often tied to a scarf, the scarf spreads the action quality of compassion, while the skull(banda) represents impermanence.

 in Tibetan Buddhism, a tutelary, or guardian, deity with whom a lama (monk) has a special, secret relationship. The lama first prepares himself by meditation, then selects from among the guardian deities the one that reveals itself as offering the right guidance for a specific or lifelong goal. The lama will thereafter begin each day by worshiping his yi-dam. Any of the principal deities in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon can be selected as a yi-dam, who is generally worshiped in union with his female consort (yab-yum). Their appearance can be either mild, in which case they are represented as “crowned” Buddhas, wearing the ornaments of a bodhisattva (“Buddha-to-be”), or wrathful, in which case they wear crowns of skulls and garlands of severed heads and carry such implements as the chopper and the skull cup.
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in Tibetan Buddhism, a tutelary, or guardian, deity with whom a lama (monk) has a special, secret relationship. The lama first prepares himself by meditation, then selects from among the guardian deities the one that reveals itself as offering the right guidance for a specific or lifelong goal. The lama will thereafter begin each day by worshiping his yi-dam. Any of the principal deities in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon can be selected as a yi-dam, who is generally worshiped in union with his female consort (yab-yum). Their appearance can be either mild, in which case they are represented as “crowned” Buddhas, wearing the ornaments of a bodhisattva (“Buddha-to-be”), or wrathful, in which case they wear crowns of skulls and garlands of severed heads and carry such implements as the chopper and the skull cup.

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Centre for Bhutan Studies, 'On Tibetan vs.Bhutanese Dzongs'
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Centre for Bhutan Studies, 'On Tibetan vs.Bhutanese Dzongs'

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Zango Pelri Caretaker with Dechen-Phodrang Novice
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Zango Pelri Caretaker with Dechen-Phodrang Novice

IR Paro Dzong and River
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IR Paro Dzong and River

Early AM Archery Practice 140Meters, across river from cremation ground
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Early AM Archery Practice 140Meters, across river from cremation ground

uncle at changlimetang stadium @ yangphel tourney, i missed
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uncle at changlimetang stadium @ yangphel tourney, i missed

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up above bbs tower
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up above bbs tower

Thimpu, prayer flags, bbs tower
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Thimpu, prayer flags, bbs tower

8/1/04; dochu la pass 108 chortens/stupas, with tshomo
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8/1/04; dochu la pass 108 chortens/stupas, with tshomo

above yangchenphu
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above yangchenphu

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above yangchenphu
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Who is this Guy? well it gets COMPLICATED , 'Guru'
up thimphu valley towards cheri
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Who is this Guy? well it gets COMPLICATED , 'Guru'
up thimphu valley towards cheri

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Long hike up I did this alone one day, after looking at it for months above my house.
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Long hike up I did this alone one day, after looking at it for months above my house.

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 TIGER'S NEST   INFO
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TIGER'S NEST INFO

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Kuensel Newspaper - The last of the master sculptors
http://www.kuenselonline.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=11305

Some of Karma’s masterpieces include the images of the Guru Droley, Guru Rinpoche, Guru Tshengye, Gongdue, Phurpa and Tshepamey at the reconstructed Taktshang monastery in Paro
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Kuensel Newspaper - The last of the master sculptors
http://www.kuenselonline.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=11305

Some of Karma’s masterpieces include the images of the Guru Droley, Guru Rinpoche, Guru Tshengye, Gongdue, Phurpa and Tshepamey at the reconstructed Taktshang monastery in Paro

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Happy Simtokha Monastery Monks at Chorten, @national memorial chorten during thimphu drubchen
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"Happy Simtokha Monastery Monks at Chorten", @national memorial chorten during thimphu drubchen

Fun with a Flash Digital Camera
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Fun with a Flash Digital Camera

near Babesa, just outside Thimphu, towards Paro, some visting surgeons, wanted to try out some fishing equipment at this river I believe
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near Babesa, just outside Thimphu, towards Paro, some visting surgeons, wanted to try out some fishing equipment at this river I believe

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Downtown Paro, 'Girl with 'Ema'
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Downtown Paro, 'Girl with 'Ema'

Desi Tenzin Rabgye (1638 - 96) founded 
the sacred cave of Taktsang Pelphug during the Tshechu
season of 1692, and temple devoted
to Padma Sambhava known as Gu-ru mTshan-brgyad Lhakhang
– ‘The Temple of the Guru with Eight Names.’ It is this
elegant structure, situated high on the cliffs above the upper
Paro valley, that has become the most universally recognized
cultural icon of Bhutan. May its restoration be swift and
successful! it burnt to the ground few years ago, this is the restored version hence the unpainted statues and allowing us to photograph them(usually totally forbidden)
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Desi Tenzin Rabgye (1638 - 96) founded
the sacred cave of Taktsang Pelphug during the Tshechu
season of 1692, and temple devoted
to Padma Sambhava known as Gu-ru mTshan-brgyad Lhakhang
– ‘The Temple of the Guru with Eight Names.’ It is this
elegant structure, situated high on the cliffs above the upper
Paro valley, that has become the most universally recognized
cultural icon of Bhutan. May its restoration be swift and
successful! it burnt to the ground few years ago, this is the restored version hence the unpainted statues and allowing us to photograph them(usually totally forbidden)

 TIGERS NEST ARTICLE @KUENSEL
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TIGERS NEST ARTICLE @KUENSEL

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Seed Syllable of The Kalachakra , 
Kalachakra_Tantra
 Seed Syllable explained I was fascinated by seeing this 'occult knowlege' symbol in many places throughout my stay, it was very mysterious to me, i even had my friend's bhutanese painter husband include it in the thangka painting he made for me, which i then bartered for with my hoyt ultratec compound bow. :)
kalachakra blackened at thadra goenpa/lhakhang above yangchenphu
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"Seed Syllable of The Kalachakra" ,

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Seed Syllable explained I was fascinated by seeing this 'occult knowlege' symbol in many places throughout my stay, it was very mysterious to me, i even had my friend's bhutanese painter husband include it in the thangka painting he made for me, which i then bartered for with my hoyt ultratec compound bow. :)
kalachakra blackened at thadra goenpa/lhakhang above yangchenphu

 google images 

or
 the indian GARGOYLE 
etchings and Image of Kirtimukha (tibetan=tsepatra)/Gargoyle     at thadra shelter for outdoor chorten
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google images


or

the indian GARGOYLE
etchings and Image of Kirtimukha (tibetan=tsepatra)/Gargoyle at thadra shelter for outdoor chorten

telephoto view from Soi Thangthangkha, Camp 2, Day 3
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telephoto view from Soi Thangthangkha, Camp 2, Day 3

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one of 2 or 3 'terminal morraine' the end of previous glacier debris fields, we climbed up this one on the 1st days partial day hike up to the mountain from jangotang campground. the british dr.tom and his wife alex

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last scree slope up to nyile la, looking back towards jomolhari
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last scree slope up to nyile la, looking back towards jomolhari

NYILE LA, 16000ft+ HIGH PASS IN GOOGLE EARTH LINK, CLICK ME
After Ngile La, I started to notice that my eyes were getting better, the pain and swelling lessening. For the first time I found myself dawdling, the beauty of Bhutan confronting me at every turn. Gaping beauty that only seemed to get more transcendent the farther I went. I'd think I'd seen it all, couldn't possibly take in any more, only to climb the next hilltop, turn round the next bend, and see something even more spectacular, more dizzying to the senses. My mind wanted to capture it all somehow. And so my futile attempts to take pictures, to preserve it and take it home. But I just ended up cursing my camera. A one-dimensional photo could do no justice to the country, couldn't make any of it last.
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NYILE LA, 16000ft+ HIGH PASS IN GOOGLE EARTH LINK, CLICK ME
After Ngile La, I started to notice that my eyes were getting better, the pain and swelling lessening. For the first time I found myself dawdling, the beauty of Bhutan confronting me at every turn. Gaping beauty that only seemed to get more transcendent the farther I went. I'd think I'd seen it all, couldn't possibly take in any more, only to climb the next hilltop, turn round the next bend, and see something even more spectacular, more dizzying to the senses. My mind wanted to capture it all somehow. And so my futile attempts to take pictures, to preserve it and take it home. But I just ended up cursing my camera. A one-dimensional photo could do no justice to the country, couldn't make any of it last.

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Economy of Yak Herders, Bhutan Studies
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Economy of Yak Herders, Bhutan Studies

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Then I saw the tiny fortress, Lingshi Dzong, sitting on a hilltop before the great audience of the Himalaya. I stopped. For some reason I never quite understood, I sat down and wept. Maybe it had something to do with the starkness of the distances, with the dramatic vying of sunlight and storm. Or perhaps it was subtler, harder to explain. As if, in that ancient dzong—that speck of human proclamation sitting before the indifferent valleys and rise of the Himalaya—it was my own voice calling out into the void. I found myself making an appeal of grief about my brother, who'd had his own history, his stories. What would happen to them now? Where do they—where do any of our stories—go?

Lingshi Dzong—for centuries a way station for weary travelers and Buddhist pilgrims, a defense against Tibetan and Mongol hordes—just sat there fearlessly proclaiming its own story to the vast, empty indifference before us. A rainbow erupted from it, arching over the valley and reaching toward the mountains opposite. Such indescribable beauty. But no way to keep it.

A few days later, near Lingshi Dzong, the Snowman (trek) would take its first casualty of the year: A 42-year-old American woman, trekking in the group just behind ours, succumbed to altitude sickness. Our guide would later say someone should have seen the signs, known how to save her.
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Then I saw the tiny fortress, Lingshi Dzong, sitting on a hilltop before the great audience of the Himalaya. I stopped. For some reason I never quite understood, I sat down and wept. Maybe it had something to do with the starkness of the distances, with the dramatic vying of sunlight and storm. Or perhaps it was subtler, harder to explain. As if, in that ancient dzong—that speck of human proclamation sitting before the indifferent valleys and rise of the Himalaya—it was my own voice calling out into the void. I found myself making an appeal of grief about my brother, who'd had his own history, his stories. What would happen to them now? Where do they—where do any of our stories—go?

Lingshi Dzong—for centuries a way station for weary travelers and Buddhist pilgrims, a defense against Tibetan and Mongol hordes—just sat there fearlessly proclaiming its own story to the vast, empty indifference before us. A rainbow erupted from it, arching over the valley and reaching toward the mountains opposite. Such indescribable beauty. But no way to keep it.

A few days later, near Lingshi Dzong, the Snowman (trek) would take its first casualty of the year: A 42-year-old American woman, trekking in the group just behind ours, succumbed to altitude sickness. Our guide would later say someone should have seen the signs, known how to save her.

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pumola pass between gida and thimphu valley, 1100 meters up from the youth center starting point, though we cheated a bit taxi
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pumola pass between gida and thimphu valley, 1100 meters up from the youth center starting point, though we cheated a bit taxi

my friend i met at thadra goenpa, way up on the valley wall of thimphu, then again at chorten thimpu drubchen festival, later he was in the circumambulation procession in large kahuna hat blowing the snake charmer horn
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my friend i met at thadra goenpa, way up on the valley wall of thimphu, then again at chorten thimpu drubchen festival, later he was in the circumambulation procession in large kahuna hat blowing the snake charmer horn

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punakha wheel of life
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punakha wheel of life

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PUNAKHA: Punakha Dzong build between two rivers in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgel served as capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is still the winter residence of the central monk body. In spite of four eatstophic firs and an earthquake that destroyed many historic documents, Punakha Dzong house sacred artifacts and embalmed body of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. Punakha's climate and warmer temperatures make its valley one of the most fertile in Bhutan. Chime Lhakhang located on a hillock among the rice fields is picturesque ad is a pilgrimage site for childless couples. The temple is associated with the famous saint Drukpa Kuenlay  The Divine Madman who has built a chorten on the site during the 14th century.
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PUNAKHA: Punakha Dzong build between two rivers in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgel served as capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is still the winter residence of the central monk body. In spite of four eatstophic firs and an earthquake that destroyed many historic documents, Punakha Dzong house sacred artifacts and embalmed body of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. Punakha's climate and warmer temperatures make its valley one of the most fertile in Bhutan. Chime Lhakhang located on a hillock among the rice fields is picturesque ad is a pilgrimage site for childless couples. The temple is associated with the famous saint Drukpa Kuenlay " The Divine Madman" who has built a chorten on the site during the 14th century.

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from dochu la during midday , table mountain on right
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from dochu la during midday , table mountain on right

@ Dochula pass, Massangang peak on Tibet border
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@ Dochula pass, Massangang peak on Tibet border

The high peak of Masangang  , my favorite, from the road pass, Do chu La between Thimphu and Punakha Valleys
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The high peak of Masangang , my favorite, from the road pass, "Do chu La" between Thimphu and Punakha Valleys

gangkar puensum, highest unclimbed mtn in world(read steve berry's book) 7000 meter +
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gangkar puensum, highest unclimbed mtn in world(read steve berry's book) 7000 meter +

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lateral road, only connection east-west in country

ONLY 250 MORE KILOMETERS TO BUMTHANG ON THIS ROAD FROM HERE !
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lateral road, only connection east-west in country

ONLY 250 MORE KILOMETERS TO BUMTHANG ON THIS ROAD FROM HERE !

bhutanese looking 'carrier'  note 30 km/hour on bumper to remind someone?
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bhutanese looking 'carrier' note 30 km/hour on bumper to remind someone?

the ubiquitous TaTa Truck, good    luck   not even vishwakarma day
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the ubiquitous TaTa Truck, "good luck" not even vishwakarma day

Thimphu. One of the biggest contest of year, @Changlimethang, this one on non-pulley (non-compound) bows, bamboo: much harder.
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Thimphu. One of the biggest contest of year, @Changlimethang, this one on non-"pulley" (non-compound) bows, bamboo: much harder.

dignified gent of an archer face
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dignified gent of an archer face

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TASHICHHO DZONG: Tashichho dzong was initially built in the 17th century, was rebuilt in early 1960's by the third king Jigme Dorji wangchuk. Tashichho Dzong houses the main secretariat building and the central monk body. It is open to visitors during Thimphu festival and when the monk body moves to their winter home in Punakha.
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TASHICHHO DZONG: Tashichho dzong was initially built in the 17th century, was rebuilt in early 1960's by the third king Jigme Dorji wangchuk. Tashichho Dzong houses the main secretariat building and the central monk body. It is open to visitors during Thimphu festival and when the monk body moves to their winter home in Punakha.

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at dochula for sunrise, soon before leaving country, didn't stop at checkpoint hontsho , shhhh
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at dochula for sunrise, soon before leaving country, didn't stop at checkpoint hontsho , shhhh

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Publishers of Tashi Delek, inflight magazine for Druk Air(Bhutan's ONLY airlink), have been using my photographs for their covers, CLICK
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Publishers of Tashi Delek, inflight magazine for Druk Air(Bhutan's ONLY airlink), have been using my photographs for their covers, CLICK

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Dochula At Dawn.
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Dochula At Dawn.

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Dawn At Dochu La ( mountain pass between Thimphu and Punahka Valleys)
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Dawn At Dochu La ( mountain pass between Thimphu and Punahka Valleys)

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bhutan chalet from dochula looking towards gasa
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bhutan chalet from dochula looking towards gasa

gasa dzong, wow, compare to size of masangang
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gasa dzong, wow, compare to size of masangang

in thimphu town, the fall is chili drying time, then one has winter chilis too!just past 2nd traffic circle going down to bridge/dzong on right, thimphu
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in thimphu town, the fall is chili drying time, then one has winter chilis too!just past 2nd traffic circle going down to bridge/dzong on right, thimphu

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Jamba lhakahng , Bumthang 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jambay_Lhakhang
Jambay Lhakhang, also spelled Jampey Lhakhang or Jampa, is located in Bumthang (Jakar) in Bhutan, and is said to be one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 659 AD on a single day, to pin down an ogress to earth forever.[1]

It was divined that the supine demoness was causing obstruction to the spread of Buddhism, and temples were constructed on her body parts that spread across Tibet, Bhutan and the borderlands.[1] The best known of these temples are Jokhang in Lhasa, Kichu in Paro and Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang. Other lesser known temples in Bhutan have been destroyed, but it is believed that among others, Kongchogsum in Bumthang, Khaine in Lhuentse and two temples in Haa may have part of these 108 temples. The temple of Jambay Lhakhang was later visited by Guru Rinpoche and later restored by Sindhu Raja after Guru restored his life force. It has been repaired and rebuilt several times over time

I also visited the other notable  in Paro Valley , holding down another part of the Ogress,  Kyichu
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Jamba lhakahng , Bumthang
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jambay_Lhakhang
Jambay Lhakhang, also spelled Jampey Lhakhang or Jampa, is located in Bumthang (Jakar) in Bhutan, and is said to be one of the 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 659 AD on a single day, to pin down an ogress to earth forever.[1]

It was divined that the supine demoness was causing obstruction to the spread of Buddhism, and temples were constructed on her body parts that spread across Tibet, Bhutan and the borderlands.[1] The best known of these temples are Jokhang in Lhasa, Kichu in Paro and Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang. Other lesser known temples in Bhutan have been destroyed, but it is believed that among others, Kongchogsum in Bumthang, Khaine in Lhuentse and two temples in Haa may have part of these 108 temples. The temple of Jambay Lhakhang was later visited by Guru Rinpoche and later restored by Sindhu Raja after Guru restored his life force. It has been repaired and rebuilt several times over time

I also visited the other notable in Paro Valley , holding down another part of the Ogress, Kyichu

travelogue
gallery: travelogue
STOCK/TRAVELOGUE:The 10 day Mount Jhomlhari/Chomolhari Trek,  ( literally
gallery: STOCK/TRAVELOGUE:The 10 day Mount Jhomlhari/Chomolhari Trek, ( literally "Jomo Goddess' Mtn")
STOCK/TRAVELOGUE: A Trip to Bumthang (Central Bhutan)
gallery: STOCK/TRAVELOGUE: A Trip to Bumthang (Central Bhutan)
Taksang Sanctuary(
gallery: Taksang Sanctuary("Tiger's Nest), Paro Valley, 2 visits
Dzongs(Citadels), TrashiChhoe(Thimpu), Paro, Punahkha, WandiPhodrang Drukyel(ruin) & Trongsa
gallery: Dzongs(Citadels), TrashiChhoe(Thimpu), Paro, Punahkha, WandiPhodrang Drukyel(ruin) & Trongsa