In and around McLeod Ganj. HAPPY and HEALTHY NEW YEAR to EVERYONE!

Norbulingka gompa

Norbulingka Institute Gompa

After 4 days of not seeing the sun I was finally able to get outside without freezing!

The Norbulingka Institute grounds were designed by a Japanese architect and are very peaceful and beautiful. I didn’t see many monks, mainly tourists.

inside gompa

inside gompa

Buddha statue at Norbulingka

Buddha statue at Norbulingka

prayer wheels at Norbulingka

prayer wheels at Norbulingka

The Karmapa’s Monastery Complex is in a very beautiful spot and is also peaceful.

I noticed only a few monks while I was there, so I asked one why. He said that during the colder months most monks visit family or go to warmer monasteries. I’ve noticed that most of the monasteries I have visited in Nepal, Ladakh and India, don’t have any heating and aren’t insulated very well.

Karmapa's monastery complex

Karmapa monastery complex

Karmapa monastery

Karmapa monastery

inside gompa at Karmapa

inside gompa at Karmapa complex

wood mandala

wood mandala

This is a “mandala”. This one is a three dimensional representation of the universe. Hand carved, made out of wood and beautiful. I only wish I had a tripod with me, this photo doesn’t do it justice. Most of the mandalas you see are either painted on a flat surface or made out of colored sand on a flat surface.

butter carving

butter carving of 4 virtuous friends

Yes this is really made out of butter (mixed with something to make it last longer)

older monk at Karmapa

older monk at Karmapa monastery

older monk

older monk

deformed foot

deformed foot

This horse was outside the entrance to the Karmapa’s monastery. Not sure how well he can walk. 

view from Nadi

view from Nadi

View from Nadi 2

view from Nadi 2

Himalaya

view from Karmapa complex

my Tibetan medicine

my Tibetan medicine

This is the Tibetan medicine that I have been taking for 7 weeks now. Unlike most western doctors, eastern doctors try to fix the root of the problem. And prescribe natural medicine. It appears to be working for me.

These pills (I take 4 different kinds, 4 times a day) have to be chewed and taken with either hot or cold water. I tell people that they taste like a combination of chalk and incense, although I have never eaten either. I’ve convinced myself that these are made by an assembly line of rabbits. You feed the rabbits what ever ingredients you want, wait awhile and presto…..you have compressed natural pills that are good for you! 

closeup of rabbit poop pills

rabbit poop pills

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