holiday: buddhist monasteries.




prayer wheels.

Om Mane Padme Huum.  Spinning these prayer wheels accumulates the same merit as chanting the mantra.  


buddhist mural.

Buddhist mural paintings adorn the exterior walls of monasteries in the northern region.


on holy ground.

On Holy Ground.  Monks and visitors to the monastery remove their shoes as a sign of respect.



Candles and other offerings are laid in front of images of the Buddha.


young monks.

Young monks enjoy a simple breakfast of sweet potatoes, rice, and milk.



buddha image.

A statue of the Buddha is central inside the monastery meditation hall.



Diyas burn brightly in front of sacred images.






dharma wheels.




buddhist tablet.

Buddhist tablet outside Pemayangtse Monastery in Pelling, Sikkim.


3 Responses to “holiday: buddhist monasteries.”

  1. 1 Mary
    14 November 2008 at 8:12 pm

    MB – These pictures are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing them!!

  2. 2 erika
    16 November 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Amazing Amazing pictures. The colors are so vibrant and the detail is exquisite! You and Sam have quite the photographers’ eye!

  3. 17 November 2008 at 9:09 am

    I simply love these pictures and the post! Thank you for sharing. The picture of Diya is so peaceful!

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