Pilgrimage to Tibet

The Red and White palace of Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet

The Red and White palace of Potala Palace

In the midst of the 2008 travel ban to Tibet, I signed up for a tour to Nepal and Tibet. Back then in 2008, I was buried by work, no time to research my travel logistics nor my destinations. I would pick up brochures and find somewhere far, far away from my cubicle in Toronto, Canada. I submitted my request for 4 weeks vacation in February 2008 to ensure work will be scheduled around my “escape time”. Continue reading

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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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Reflection – In 10 years…

Walking past a famous boutique hotel celebrating their 10-years anniversary, reminds me that 2014 marks my 10th year in the neighborhood as well.

2004 seems such a long time ago.

10 years – how time flies. What has happened in the last 10 years. What has changed. What has stayed the same. Continue reading

Without the shadow of a doubt…

Without the shadow of a doubt, 2014 will be a year of change, adventure and excitement!

Photo taken in 2011 while in Bhutan. The Double Dorje = Thunder bolt and Diamond (indestructible strength)

Photo taken in 2011 while in Bhutan. The Double Dorje = Thunder bolt and Diamond (indestructible strength)