Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Our visit to Labrang is going to end soon. What an incredibly beautiful place. What an incredibly beautiful people. It is sad as we enter the twenty first century knowing that this culture might not survive the encroachment of modern influence. Their culture is so closely related to their religion. I have a book about the work of a missionary family living in Labrang years ago. They did not make any headway even though they spent 20 years there. I can't imagine a Christianized faction of Tibetans might go inside the temples to destroy and deface all the images. I keep thinking how do you convert them to Christianity without destroying their cultural identity?

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