Pilgrimage to Ladakh – highlights and Ladakhi monasteries summary

Okay – wow!  I have done a lot of describing 2008 Drikung pilgrimage to Ladakh (our group was from the TMC in Maryland).  In this post, I will describe my itinerary back from India, discuss the highlights from the Pilgrimage to Ladakh and go through (attempting brevity) the list of monasteries we saw in Ladakh. Continue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – highlights and Ladakhi monasteries summary”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – H. H. the Dalai Lama’s birthday in Ladakh

We visited Ladakh in June / July of 2008, which was tragically after the Chinese crackdown on Tibet.  This was the year of the Chinese Summer Olympics, so there was more attention on China (and Tibet) and people tried to take advantage of this.  Anyway, what does this have to do with Ladakh?  Well, ifContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – H. H. the Dalai Lama’s birthday in Ladakh”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – If in Leh with time to spare…

On the Saturday of my being alone in Ladakh, or at least feeling that way, I decided to get out a bit.  Leh has several attractions which you may want to consider visiting if you have some time to spare, and I am hoping that these locations still exist after the tragic floods. I stoppedContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – If in Leh with time to spare…”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Basgo Palace

The next morning, considering this was the second time we had stayed at the Temisgam Guest House (or maybe they do this with all their guests, but I doubt it), we joined the owner’s family for a traditional Ladakhi breakfast in their kitchen.  Due to the large wood or yak-dung burning oven / stove dominatingContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Basgo Palace”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Temisgam Nunnery

Well I figure it is better late than never, as I am still continuing my Ladakh chronicles from 2008.  After Lama Yuru Monastery, we drove several hours back to Temisgam.  Under the great monastery on the hill is a beautiful nunnery.  They have 46 nuns all totaled, however many of them were gone to LehContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Temisgam Nunnery”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Kardung la Pass

This material is copyrighted by M. Kirby Moore.  Reproduction without permission is prohibited. 6/23/08 – Yesterday was a good day.  We saw incredible monasteries, a veritable Buddist city on a hill and we crashed a Ladakhi wedding where everyone was incredibly generous and welcomed us with warmth and authenticity.  Well guess what I discovered onContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Kardung la Pass”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Chemray Monastery

This material is copyrighted by M. Kirby Moore.  Reproduction without permission is prohibited. As I reflect on my trip to Ladakh, we were so very lucky.  We had numerous adventures which tourists can only dream about – attending a Buddha and a King in His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, crashing a traditional Ladakhi wedding, attending aContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Chemray Monastery”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Tak Thog Monastery

This material is copyrighted by M. Kirby Moore.  Reproduction without permission is prohibited. In this post – we went to two monasteries on this day, along with crashing a Ladakhi wedding – what a surprise treat!  The second monastery and wedding will wait for the next post.  So, we went to two additional monasteries todayContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – Tak Thog Monastery”

Pilgrimage to Ladakh – 6/21/08 – tidying up

This material is copyrighted by M. Kirby Moore.  Reproduction without permission is prohibited. In this post – a little continuation from 6/21/08.  This is a picture of Buddhas carved in the 10th century! I forgot one thing from the previous day, which is pretty cool.  After Shey Palace we visited these carved rocks.  Apparently theseContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Ladakh – 6/21/08 – tidying up”

Continuing my Pilgrimage to Ladakh series, a bit delayed

This material is copyrighted by M. Kirby Moore.  Reproduction without permission is prohibited. In the title I mention “a bit delayed.”  Perhaps it has taken this long for me to have quality down time and who knows, maybe I am complete in my processing of the Pilgrimage – but I doubt it (two years later). Continue reading “Continuing my Pilgrimage to Ladakh series, a bit delayed”