“Hundreds of years ago the Llamas at this monastery flew to ceremonies. Modern Llamas have lost those powers of great concentration” Lama Kungsang Dhundup
Nangchen is a remote county located in Yushu Prefecture in Kham, Tibet. One of the 5 original kingdoms of eastern Tibet - Nangchen has a high percentage of Tibetan people and more monks and nuns per capita than anywhere else in Tibet. Nangchen may have lost it’s flying Lamas but has some of the best-preserved Tibetan culture remaining.
Monks make offerings to the mountain gods during a ceremony at Gaden Monastery
The spectacular setting of Gaden monastery
A car winds its way along the dirt road to Thana monastery
A nun on her way to a ceremony
Monks debate at Warka monastery
Lamagon hermitage cave. Caves such as these are used for long periods solitary meditation. Often from 6 - 20 years.
A monk meditates in a cave during a retreat.
Yaks head and prayer flags on a high mountain pass
Deer wander through Gar Monastery
Morning breaks at Gar Monastery
The road to Gar monastery
Monks walk around an area of waste ground in Nangchen town. Nangchen is currently seeing heavy development by the Chinese government.
Nomadic ‘Dropka’ children play in their winter compound while a monk meditates on a hill behind
A large reclining Buddha being constructed in Yushu
Lama Kungsang Dhundup blesses nuns at Zamerchen nunnery
Lama Kungsang Dhundup holds an induction ceremony for new nuns at Zamerchen Nunnery
The remote Dhokam Choten Karchung Stupa. It is customary for Tibetans walk around it three times to gain good health
A mantra painted on a rock face - a common sight in Nangchen
A hitch-hiking monk clasps his prayer beads in the back of a car
Prayer flags on a high mountain pass
Man carrying building materials up to Thar Monastery
Yaks graze on a summer pasture
Tibetans waiting for acupuncture at Surmang monastery
Villagers and nuns taking part in a service at Zamerchen Nunnery
Temple detail, Gar Monastery.
A young monk having breakfast at Gar monastery
A picture of the reincarnated Llama of Nangchen Tsechu Monastery hangs on the wall of a roadside cafe
The reincarnated Llama of Nangchen Tsechu Monastery sits on the throne during a ceremony
The reincarnated Llama of Nangchen Tsechu Monastery watches a ceremonial dance
A young monk greets us with surprise at Thar Monastery
Details of a temple at the Mani Stone, Nangchen town
Tibetan woman spin prayer wheels during their daily Kora at the Mani stone in Nangchen town
A Tibetan woman during her daily Kora at the Mani stone in Nangchen town
A crowd gathers around sellers of Caterpillar Fungus - a sought after traditional medicine. Caterpillar Fungus infects the larvae of ghost moths and is worth three times its weight in gold.
Necklaces containing images of famous high Llamas in a shop in Yushu