Tibet

Tibet is a land where the sky, the mountains and the rivers, possess awe-inspiring power. Typically, Tibet has cloudless and bright azure skies. Its mountains are imposing in their magnitude, each rising over 4,000 meters above sea level. However, once on the Tibetan Plateau, these massive ranges are surprisingly approachable because they rise only a few hundred meters from the plains and valleys. These weather-beaten sandy mountains exhibit beauty in its unearthly nobility. The rivers of the plateau may be raging torrents when snow melts, or else, slow meandering currents with clear blue waters.

The people of Tibet are self-confident. This confidence is shown in their belief that they are the first on the earth to see sunrise and the last to see sunset. Such confidence is justified by the Tibetan comprehension of nature and life over many generations. They are courageous enough to give up this life for the next one in prolonged pursuance of nirvana. All over Tibet, pilgrims can be seen doing repetitive prostrations in worship along their pilgrimage routes in pursuance of this goal.

 

Tibetans believe all suffering in the world originates from man’s greed, hatred and ignorance, so they are committed to the purification of their minds and the elimination of these vices.

Tibetans wear their wealth as highly decorative adornments of gold, silver and precious stones. Many of these may also be donated to adorn the statues of temples and monasteries, and the stupas of the countryside. Here we can also see colourful prayer flags and “manis” stones with inscribed mantras fluttering their prayers to the wind.