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Nomads, Mountains & Mantra stones in Tibet

Surrounded by Art
Impressions of my travels to Tibet, you will find these big rocks and stones that are engraved with Buddhas and mantras everywhere. On the left a beautifully painted and enrgraved Lama Tsong Khapa.

In the valleys of the more remote parts of Tibet you can find these (holy) structures of stones with yak horns on top. Within these piles lie many ‘mani’-stones (stones with engraved mantras like ‘Om Mani Padme Hum‘).

For me as a thangka painter it was great to meet fellow thangka painters, such as this young man, who was working on a 21 Tara Thangka.

Temples & lakes
This temple door at one of the Buddhist Monasteries is decorated with beautiful metal craftwork and auspicious symbols. Here depicted is the Conch Shell.

In Tibet you can find lakes that looks like movie set locations, like the Yamdrok Lake… filled with azure-blue colored water.

On a trekking I met this family of nomadic people, who make their living from their stock of cattle.

The mighty Mountains
Wherever you are in Tibet, the great mountains are always in the background as you can see in this picture, taken on the roof of a monastery near Lhasa.

Next to it a picture of the special Nechung monastery, where this cow had climbed the stairs and was desperate to get in but unfortunately they would not let him.

The Potala Palace
One of the main reasons to visit Lhasa is for the amazing Potala Palace, which is the former residence of the lineage of Dalai Lamas.
Unfortunately the current Dalai Lama had to escape from the Chinese invasion and these days its only purpose is bringing in money from tourism. It’s run by Chinese soldiers and has a big Chinese flag in front.

From the picture on the right – the Potala from this point of view without the Chinese flags and shops- you’ll get an idea of how this palace  must have looked like in the days that Tibet was still run by the Tibetans.

The Eyes of the Buddha
The beautiful eyes on the great Kumbum Stupa in Gyantse look deep into your soul, just as the Buddha eyes from the Boudha and Swayambhu Stupas in Nepal do.

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