Rammed earth and wood, these are the basic building blocks of Tibetan monasteries. They aren't very lasting. Tibetans have learned the lesson of impermanence and live it. They live in the most hostile of conditions, high altitude, lonely grasslands, severe weather and a homeland that is now occupied. Their beloved leader, the Dalai Lama lives in exile in Dharamsala, India. Still they continue to practise their religion and worship in their temples and savor whatever is allowed of them by their occupiers.