Lhasa : ལྷ་ས་ (2009)
We board the train in the heart of Beijing. There is no distinction as yet between us on the train and the hustle of this sprawling city. And we are on our way: 48 hours to Lhasa. For the first day the train snakes through the valleys and hills, villages and cities of the low lands. Giant streams of concrete, mountains of glass and steel, cities the size of London that we have never heard of pass outside. Construction is etched deeply into the face of this country. And we are on the most prestigious line cutting right through it. Our little bubble of activity is carried higher now. Ascending out of the sprawling activity into more barren lands. The oxygen supply in the carriages kicks in, the lush greens have turned to white and we have unmistakenly entered the highlands. This little bubble of Beijing is injected into territories foreign to it, along paths not yet well trodden.

བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས། / tashi delek


མཚོ་བོད་ལྕགས་ལམ། / qingzang railway

拉萨站 / Lhasa railway station

old Lhasa

pilgrims and their friendly guardians

the clash of worldviews I



ཐང་ཀ་ / Thangkas

muslim quarter

Lhasa mosque & candy warriors

the clash of worldviews II

everything for the salvation

modern Buddha

པོ་ཏ་ལ / Potala palace

Potala square

new Lhasa and its own life



carpets manufacture

wheels of fortune and of destiny

american spies

gents & ladies

inside Jokhang (ཇོ་ཁང་) monastery

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roofs of ཇོ་ཁང་

only the sky is above

धर्मचक् / Dharmacakra

བར་སྐོར་ / Barkhor


after the rain


close to spirits of earth

flags on the wind


take long breath

monastery & barracks: protection from spirits & aliens



sunny days at monastery

debating monks

tradition & comfort



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photos are (c)opyright by Ryszard Paweł Kostecki
introduction text is (c) by Frank Hellmann
last update : 07.01.2014