Spirit in the Sky
Ganden Travel Blog› entry 16 of 80 › view all entries
April 27th, 2010 – by: Riz7
Today the weather is back to Tibet standard, clear skies, and the drive to Ganden following the main Lhasa valley east is very pleasant. The monastery itself is up a steep 12km climb and is high on the south side of the valley.
Ganden is the spiritual home of the Gelupa sect of monks, founded by Tsongkappa. As a result, the temples at Ganden have many statues of Tsongkappa for worship. The monastery has been recently restored and the general atmosphere is of a vibrant community; it also provides a better insight into monatery life, than many of the places we have visited. Our driver has brought with him a thermos of butter oil and he and his wife pour a little from this into each of the butter lamps in the temple as part of their prayers.
On the way back to Lhasa we stop for tea beside the road and relax in the sun while we drink. Kalsang tells us that this is a popular spot for city folk to picnic at weekends and we understand why. He also points out the large, recently built, college on the outskirts of Lhasa and he seems genuinely proud of the progress that this has brought. We understand that foreigners can enrole for Tibetan courses here, it seems a little niche to me, but obviously some people want to do this.
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