From July 3 to August 2 I traveled in Tibet and China. Most of the trip was a pilgrimage with aims to pay respect to sacred sites and to transform myself. I had a good fortune to travel with great companions Yontan and Bo, admirers of Himalayan ancient wisdom for the whole month. Parts of the trips we did service to the Thai public, friends and media by taking them to explore Tibet and to witness an ancient ritual of enthroning a tulku.
The highlight was a ten-day journey (July 10-19) to Mt. Kailash and Manasarova Lake, pilgrimage sites blessed by and associated with various Buddhas, deities and masters.
Here are some photos from that trip, which I affectionately label “Tise of the Heart”. Tise (pronounced /tee-say/) is an indigenous name of Kailash.
Ready to go.
We left Lhasa early morning of the 10th and arrived at Kailash or another name “Kang Rinpoche” (the precious snow mountain) in two days. Tsedor, the driver said he didn’t know how he made it in such a short time. In general, it takes three days to get there. Several years back the journey from Lhasa to western Tibet took a week.
Bo with his special camera. His dream to get to know Kailash came true this time.
To Yontan, Tise is center for Zhang Zhung, that brought civilization to humanity thousands of years ago. The pilgrimage is hence a return to history and appreciation of Zhang Zhung culture.
Beautiful view on the way
Bo or “Akhang” in action
Kids at Payang, where we stopped for lunch on the second day before arriving at Darchen, the Kailash town where pilgrims and travelers acclimatized and did some preparations for circumambulation.
Yontan prostrates at the first glimpse of the sacred mountain.