Tibet – Das verbotene Land

Religion

In Tsada we had the first time the chance to visit a Tibetan monastery. We could see in this region of west Tibet a lot of traces of the Bon religion. But also the traces of the Chinese Culture Revolution were hard to miss. It was weird. 50 years ago the monasteries where systematically destroyed and nowadays they rebuild them as a tourist attraction. It is like Disney Land were the monks are doing their religious practices between hundred of tourists.

We visited huge monastery complexes in Shingatse, Lhasa and Shangri-La. There were once living thousands of monks, where nowadays only a few hundred are living. Important monks are buried in big stone pyramids (Stupa). Countless Buddha-statues can be found in a temple. Every statue has a meaning. Every day thousands of pilgrims are coming to the temples, walking clockwise around the temple and donating their last money. Sometime we could see a lazy looking monk with a broom to collect the money on the ground. It’s a big contrast when we see the poverty at the countryside and the wealth in the monasteries. By the way: The destruction of the monasteries is valued by the Buddhists in a different way than in our world:  Transience is part of the culture.

Klosteranlage in Shinghatse
Monastery complex in Shinghatse
Mönche in Shinghatse
Monks in Shinghatse
Mönche im Drepung-Kloster in Lhasa
Mönche im Drepung-Kloster in Lhasa
Statue von Guru Rinpoche
Statue of Guru Rinpoche
Kloster Tsaparang in Westtibet (Ehemals Bon-Gebiet)
Tsaparang in Westtibet
Schmuck auf den Klosterdächern
Roof of a monastery
In der Nähe von Klosteranlagen wird allerlei verbrannt
They burn a lot of stuff close to monasteries
Schutzgötter vor dem Klostereingang
Guard in front of the entrance to a monastery
Jedes Kloster hat eine eigene Bibliothek
Every monastery has its library
Mönch in Ghatse
Monk in Ghatse
Malerei im Kloster
Painting in a monastery

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  1. Patrick
    7. November 2016
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    Hi Matthias,

    als stetiger stiller Leser bin ich begeistert von deinen Reports, Bilder und vor allem das Du schon so weit gekommen bist! Mit dem eigenen Auto nach und durch Tibet – großes Kino! Ich kann mir gut vorstellen, das Du in Laos und Thailand gut entspannen kannst 😉

    Viele Grüße aus Berlin und alles Gute für deinen weiteren Trip
    Patrick (Aperto)

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