Category Archives: Tibet

Himalaya Top 10

I am somewhere off the coast of Greenland as I write this. Our B-777 left Delhi about midnight; it’s now 11:30 a.m. Delhi time. We have about 2 1/2 hours more flying time to Newark. I arrive in Charleston about … Continue reading

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on Tibetan Buddhism

Having visited many monasteries, observed many religious practices, and spoken to a handful of people about Tibetan Buddhism, I come away somewhat disillusioned. I admire Tibetans for their commitment to the Dalai Lama, their belief in his reincarnation and their … Continue reading

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Act of Non-Violence

The Dalai Lama, for spiritual reasons is opposed to violence. For this reason, there is no active guerilla movement within Tibet against the Chinese. Tibetans have long used skins and fur as clothing. It is part of their nomadic heritage. … Continue reading

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Zhangmu

We drove most of the day about six hours from Tingri to the border town of Zhangmu. On the way we drove over two high passes over 5,000 meters. At the last one, our guide said, Good-bye, Tibet. The wind … Continue reading

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Tingri (4,500 meters)

We had a very rough ride to Tingri. We were holding on with at least one hand most of the time. We forded numerous rivers and drove kilometers without seeing a single yak, nomad or sheep. Desolate territory. The Tingri … Continue reading

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Puffed

Our fellow travelers call a flashlight a torch. But the best line is, “I get puffed going to the loo.” It was said at altitude and means, just getting up from bed to go the bathroom leaves one breathless.

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Mt. Everest Base Camp (4,980 and 5,200 meters)

A long nine hour drive took us from Sakya to Rhongphu, the monastery at the Tibetan Everest Base Camp. We went over the Gyatso Pass at 5,252 meters. We had our first glimpse of Qoomolangma, as the locals call Everest. … Continue reading

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