Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters (Etched in Stone)

Back in October 2008, I was very fortunate to have crossed the border from Nepal and visited 4 cities in Tibet; Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse and Sakya.

Tibetan Buddhism is sacred to me. Though I do not claim to be a Tibetan Buddhist yet in this life.

Every now and then though, I would recite one of Tibetan Buddhism’s oldest and most sacred mantra: Om Mani Peme Hung. In Sanskrit, it is Om Mani Padme Hum. This mantra is associated with Chenrezig Bodhisattva and it means “Om, jewel in the lotus, hum.” Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara (Sanskrit) is the embodiment of compassion.

When this mantra is recited (aloud or silently) or seen visually, it invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig.

While traveling between cities, I captured these photos…

Tibetan Buddhism mantra - Om Mani Peme Hung

Tibetan Buddhism mantra – Om Mani Peme Hung

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters (Signs)

Signage are very important, especially for travelers in a foreign land. They provide information, humour, inspiration and creativity.

Here are some that caught my eye on my travels…

Reminders:

Heart - written in Traditional Chinese

Heart – written in Traditional Chinese

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