Saturday, June 23, 2012

Downtown Xiahe

Tibet or not Tibet? China or not China? This section of town, the closest to the monastery is so interesting. Here the restaurants serves yak meat. Here is where you buy all the paraphrenelia for worship at the temple, your butter lamps, the prayer flags, and also the fabrics for making chubas and the decorative trim for it. Also sold are knives, saddles and all things Tibetan. Beyond this area is the Tibetan village where the Tibetans live in squalor. But they are happy. As long as they can worship in a temple they are content. It's hard not to be impressed with such simple spirits and not to take away their example and incorporate it into my own life.

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