gompas

Key Monastery - Himachal Pradesh, India
Kye Gompa (also spelled Ki, Key or Kee - pronounced like English key) is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 metres (13,668 ft) above sea level, close to the Spiti River, in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul and Spiti district, India.

It is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and a religious training centre for Lamas.
(via Google+: loving photography)

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The monastery at Lamayuru,Ladakh,india by Richard McManus


“Spinning their way with each step, two elderly pilgrims pick their way down from Hemis Gompa. The devout believe that each revolution of the scripture-filled copper wheels sends supplications heavenward.” Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie for National Geographic, March 1978.

This post is part of my Art side-blog “The–Elusive–Muse

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Kunzang Choden is the first female author to be published outside of Bhutan and to be published in English. Educated in India, she has a degree in Psychology, a degree in Sociology and previously worked for the UN in Bhutan. Her debut novel, The Circle of Karma follows a young woman on her search for enlightenment. It takes the reader on a tour of the Buddhist gompas in Bhutan and India while the protagonist, a female road-builder, deals with the traditional, restrictive gender roles of pre-modern Bhutan.

Tathagata Tsal in Ravangla, South Sikkim, India
The Buddha Park of Ravangla, also known as Tathagata Tsal, is situated near Rabong in South Sikkim district, Sikkim, India. It was constructed between 2006 and 2013 and features a 130-foot high statue of the Buddha as its centerpiece.

The site was chosen within the larger religious complex of the Rabong Gompa (Monastery), itself a centuries-old place of pilgrimage.
(via Pinterest: Sandhya Phalke)

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Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery, Boudhanath, नेपाल Nepal

In 1980, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche began building Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery in the Kathmandu Valley. For almost ten years, master craftsmen, stonemasons, sculptors, painters, goldsmiths, and master tailors worked to make the monastery one of the most beautiful examples of Tibetan art.

The walls of the main temple are covered with frescoes depicting the history of Tibetan Buddhism and the important teachers from its four main schools. The monastery has over one hundred and fifty statues and one of the largest Tibetan libraries in the East. (shechen.org)

(Did not take any pictures inside the beautiful main gompa. I requested the monks to kindly give me a “special tour” of the gompa as it was locked and closed at the time of my visit.)