吉姆 JIM HOFMAN | Photography Faces & places in China

Tibet | Monks & Monasteries

Most of Tibet’s history centers around it’s faith in Buddha. All of the temples and monasteries are now the key attractions to visit in Tibet. Our hotel was in Lhasa’s old town and only a 4 minute walk from Jokhang Temple, one of the holiest places in Tibet.

The Jokhang Temple sits on Barkhor Square. Pilgrims circumnavigate the temple in a clockwise rotation as part a pilgrimage to the site. The route is known as the “kora” in Tibetan and is marked by four large stone incense burners placed at the corners of the temple complex.

The Potala Palace is an incredibly imposing site in the center of Lhasa.  It looks amazing from the outside, but the interior is still being renovated after Chairman Mao did some remodeling during the cultural revolution.

    • GPS Altitude = 3,619m (11,873 ft.)
    • Camera = Nikon D7000
    • Exposure Time = 1/3200″
    • F Number = F3.5
    • ISO Speed Ratings = 250
    • Subject Distance = 150m
    • Focal Length = 18mm
    • Lens = Tamron 18.0-270.0 mm f/3.5-6.3

 

Potala Palace - Home of the 14th Dalai Lama (if he weren't in exile)

 

 

Potala Square - 8mm fisheye lens photo. The monument on the left is to commerate the "peaceful liberation of Tibet". Hmmm

 

 

Potala Palace

 

 

Rear of Potala Palace

 

 

Monk at the Sera Monastery - Lhasa

 

 

Sunrise over Barkhor Square. Site of 1998 conflicts.

 

 

Walking (clockwise) around Jokhang Temple

 

 

Monastery

 

 

Prayers at sunrise - Jokhang Temple.

 

 

Barkhor Square at night with moon

 

 

Prayer wheels at monastery.

 

 

Monks having a debate in a monastery courtyard.

 

 

Monk praying. The blocks in his hands are for prostrated prayers.

 

 

Burning juniper at the four corners of the Jokhang Temple.

 

 

Burning juniper at the Jokhang Temple.

 

 

Monks in Shigatse

 

 

Walking around the Jokhang Temple.

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