Ache Lhamo

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If there is anything that Tibetan love more than Buddhism, that has to be dancing. Throughout Tibet, hundreds of different dance forms can be found and a lot of them are old and preserved very well.

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The Tea Horse Road

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Memorial statues of Chamadao tea merchants in Ya’an Sichuan

Civilizations depend on roads to connect, and a ancient road through Southwestern China, Tibet, Northeastern India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bengal, and Myanmar has been fusing cultures for centuries. The Tibetan Plateau is too harsh for most vegetables to grow, and Tibetan people’s consumption of vitamin relies greatly on tea, and tea also help them to digest the heavy meat that they eat daily, so you may find in Tibet that as long as there is a table, there is a table of Tibetans drinking tea. Continue reading “The Tea Horse Road”

Tibetan mastiff

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How much would you pay to own a dog? Well, I don’t know much about dogs and my jaw was on the ground for ten seconds when I heard that my roommate got her Corgi for 1200 dollars. I loved my roommate’s corgi and I think Taro (his name) was worth the money, but what about 100 thousand dollars for a dog? How about 1 million? These price tags are ridiculously true in China for one certain dog breed- Tibetan mastiff. Continue reading “Tibetan mastiff”

Larung Gar Buddhist Academy

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Larung Gar Buddhist Academe was founded by Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok in 1980 at the legendary
site where a group of stylite practiced Buddhism. The academy is located at a mountainous area near Seda county, Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Sichuan Province, China, at the altitude of about 4000 meters. at its origin, there were about 30 practitioners in the academy, and  yet despite its remote location, the academy Continue reading “Larung Gar Buddhist Academy”

What is Thangka?

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Thangka, or Thang-ga, means a form of silk-mounted scroll painting of Tibet. Thangka is an unique art form of the Tibetan culture that takes subjects mainly in religion, and yet also in politics, history, and daily life of the Tibetan culture.

Thangka uses bright tones to portrait the Six Realms and Buddha, Devas, Asuras and other beings within; in term of pigments, Thangka uses precious minerals such as gold, Continue reading “What is Thangka?”

The Tibetan cultural zone

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Today’s Tibet appear as the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China on maps, and yet there are more than the TAR that can be called Tibet. The traditional Tibetan cultural zone is subdivided into three major regions, and the Tibetan Autonomous Region was traditionally Ü-Tsang, while the other two being Amdo, which is the Continue reading “The Tibetan cultural zone”