Tibet - August 2012

Un viaggio in Tibet ci pone (noi Occidentali) di fronte alle nostre contraddizioni. Perché istintivavente siamo portati a simpatizzare per la causa del Buddhismo Tibetano. Che è sostanzialmente la rivolta di un mondo arcaico contro la modernità alla quale noi stessi non sappiamo rinunciare. Sì, è vero che la 'colonizzazione' Cinese si manifesta con aspetti di insopportabile brutalità e oppressione, ma porta anche acqua, lucee fognature in tutte le case, scuole, ospedali, strade, ferrovie... internet.
Siamo sicuri che la "spiritualità" (anche in Tibet da sempre privilegio di pochi) basterebbe a compensare le nostre vite della mancanza di tutto questo?
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A travel through Tibet puts us (Westerners) in face of our own contradictions.
Because we instinctively sympathize with the Tibetan Buddhist cause. That is indeed the revolt of an archaic world against the modernity that ourselves can't live without.
Yes, it is true that the Chinese 'colonization' shows aspects of intolerable oppression and brutality, but it also brings electrical light, drinking water and sanitary sewer in every house, and schools, hospitals, highways, railways, ... and Internet. Are we sure that "spirituality" (ever been a privilege of few, even in Tibet) would be enough for us to give up all this?
Andres & Tiziana
  • DSC 0001  Yumbu Lagang Palace (7th century AD)
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  • DSC 0006P  Panorama from Yumbu Lagang
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  • DSC 0012  Yumbu Lagang - Wheels of Prayer
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  • DSC 0015  View from Yumbu Lagang
  • DSC 0019  Yumbu Lagang - The Sanctuary
  • DSC 0020  Samye Monastery
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  • DSC 0027  Consulting a Monk in Samye Monastery
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  • DSC 0040  On the "Ferry" crossing Yarlung Tsampo River
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  • DSC 0045  Lhasa: Monks reading the sacred books
  • DSC 0049  Lhasa: people strolling in the Old City
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  • DSC 0056  Lhasa: pilgrims'  devotion in front of Jokhang Monastery
  • DSC 0061  Lhasa: Barkhor Market streets
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  • DSC 0074  Lhasa: inside the Muslim Quarter
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  • DSC 0080  Lhasa: The Potala
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  • DSC 0085  Potala: the White Palace
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  • DSC 0095P  Modern (chinese) Lhasa from the Potala
  • DSC 0099  Potala: the Red Palace
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  • DSC 0113  View of the Potala from the roof of Jokhang
  • DSC 0114  The Wheel of Life, symbol of Dalai Lama
  • DSC 0118  People around Drepung Monastery
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  • DSC 0126  humble village house near Drepung
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  • DSC 0130  Drepung Monastery: the painted rocks
  • DSC 0131  Drepung Monastery: Wheels of Prayer
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  • DSC 0147  Drepung: Ganden Palace
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  • DSC 0152  Interior of Drepung Monastery
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  • DSC 0161  More street life...
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  • DSC 0178  Wheel of Life
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  • DSC 0184  Drepung: Restoration works in progress...
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  • DSC 0198  Devotion: Om Mani Padme Hum....
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  • DSC 0208  Lhasa: Norbulinka, Dalai Lamas' Summer Palace
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  • DSC 0221  Lhasa: the Potala hill from the 8th floor of Himalaya Hotel
  • DSC 0250  Ganden Monastery (4300 m altitude)
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  • DSC 0278  Kyi-Chu River Valley from Lower Kora of Ganden
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  • DSC 0286P  Kyi-Chu River Valley Panorama
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  • DSC 0296  The road to Ganden
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  • DSC 0304  Lhasa: meditation hostel above Sera
  • DSC 0308  Sera Monastery: the ritual disputation
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  • DSC 0320P  Road to Kampa-La Pass (4800 m altitude)
  • DSC 0336  The sacred Yamdrok Lake
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  • DSC 0344  The famous Yak!
  • DSC 0355  Nangartse mountain village
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  • DSC 0364  Samding Monastery
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  • DSC 0382  Road to Karo-La Pass
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  • DSC 0413  Nyang Chu River Dam
  • DSC 0431  Around Gyantse
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  • DSC 0434  Gyantse: Pelkor Choede Monastery
  • DSC 0435  Pelkor Choede: Prayer Wheels
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  • DSC 0438  Gyantse; The great Kumbum (Stupa)
  • DSC 0439  Pelkor Choede - entrance to the Meeting Room
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  • DSC 0445  Pelkor Choede: Monks reading the sacred books
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  • DSC 0465  Gyantse's Kumbum
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  • DSC 0467  Gyantse: View from the Kumbum top
  • DSC 0468  Gyantse: The Dzong  (Fort) - 14th century AD
  • DSC 0474  Old Tibetan Gyantse
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  • DSC 0478  Gyantse: street life in the Old City
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  • DSC 0485  Shigatse: Tashilhunpo Monastery
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  • DSC 0502  Along Road 318 / Friendship Hwy
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  • DSC 0514  Km 5000 - from where? Shanghai (apparently)
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  • DSC 0532  Sakya Monastery
  • DSC 0537  Cerimonial Music at the Monastery
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  • DSC 0556  Sakya Monastery: the Library
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  • DSC 0574  Route 318: towards Tingri
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  • DSC 0582  Lalung-La Pass (5100 m altitude)
  • DSC 0585  Some 8000's in a row (Everest is the 1st on the left side)
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  • DSC 0593  Meeting with the Tibetan nomads
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  • DSC 0627  Uh??? our hotel tonight!
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  • DSC 0642  Landscapes from Tingri
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  • DSC 0653  On the way to Zhangmu
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  • DSC 0666  Mr Daawa (Tibetan guide) and our 1st class drivers