"Lamas and Thangkas and Prayers, Oh My!"



Wall Painting

Alchi Gompa, Ladakh

Wall Painting

The inside of most of the gompas are covered in intricate paintings, in this case, hundreds and hundreds of little buddhas.


Let He Who Is Not Guilty Cast The First Stone

Lamayuru Gompa, Ladakh

Young Lamas In Study

The lama-in-training on the lower right is practicing his prayers, while the one on the wall threatens me with a rock. However, since he didn't throw it, he can't grace the pages of Monks Gone Bad.


Buddha In The... Sword Pose?

Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Leh, Ladakh

Painting Of Buddha And Sword

Statues and paintings of Buddha each have a particular "pose," which symbolizes different meanings. This, however, would be the first Buddha I've ever seen posing with a sword!


Morning Prayers

Lamayuru Gompa, Ladakh

Young Monk Studying

A promising lama studies his morning prayers in a doorway.


Prayer Books

Alchi Gompa, Ladakh

Prayer Books

Stacks of ancient prayer books line one of the walls in the Alchi Gompa.


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