Sunday, 4 May 2008

GUEST BLOGGER - DENNIS G. JARVIS on TIBET

Firstly, not only I am permanently in love with the above picture of yak in Tibet by Dennis, I want to go there and sit on that yak one day. This post will be special because it features Dennis G. Jarvis as my guest blogger. He has the most amazing sets of pictures in Tibet as well as many other exotic countries. Rather than doing the normal comment and posting featured photographer's pictures, I'd rather Dennis tell you about his trip to Tibet. He has been absolutely kind in giving the following commentary and detailing each picture for our information. The entire sets and comments on Tibet are courtesy of Dennis. Many thanks Dennis, perhaps you'd like to try blogging soon :)

By Tibet-2006 - Dennis G. Jarvis
My summary of Tibet.

Hotels were 3 – 4 star as expected, all were clean and had friendly staff;

Tour guide and driver were very nice and knowledgeable;

Most meals were in the hotels and the food was good but pretty much the same every day;

Restaurants we ate at not in the hotels would not be acceptable to many people as they were very common and simple, food was good;

Tibet is dirtier than many places but this was as expected since the people are poor;

Tibetan people are the happiest people I have seen on any of my trips;

Airlines were good and I would fly on them again;

Tibet is for the person who can take some minor inconveniences but want to really experience a different culture;

A new railroad has been opened from Beijing to Lhasa, it is expected that Tibet will now undergo many changes in the near future.

Potala Palace-Decoration above the door

Potala Palace Lhasa

This people and another were dressed in traditional Tibetan clothes and were posing for another person who was photographing them. Lhasa, Tibet

Women and children, a table full of money (offerings) in front of the monk at Drepung Monastery, Tibet

Jé Debate Courtyard - Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here and these employ a style distinctive from those at Lhasa's other famous monasteries. Lhasa, Tibet

This is the debate courtyard of the byes college. Up to several years ago, the two philosophical colleges of se ra -- byes and smad -- used their own textbooks (yig cha), and debated separately. Fearing that there were not sufficient numbers of monks to sustain separate debate periods, the two colleges decided to consolidate their curricula sometime in the last decade. They adopted the textbooks of the byes college monastery, and since that time the monks of both colleges debate together for a two-hour period every afternoon when the doctrinal session, or "quatrimester" (chos thog) is convened. Like all of se ra's major debate courtyards, the byes debate ground is surrounded by an outer perimeter wall, and contains many trees that provide shade in the summer.

Sera Monastery - On the hill behind the Sera Monastery were buildings were monks sometimes go to try and find enlightenment. My guide informed me that a monk could stay there for up to 3 years with no contact with another person. Family members would take food to the monk and leave it there for him but not have contact with him. Lhasa, Tibet

Piles of prayer flages Yak near the sacred Yundrok Yumtso Lake, Tibet

Bodhi stupa contains 3,000 statues, so it is called "Myriad Buddhas Stupa", these are a few of the Buddhas that are in small rooms around the stupa.

My driver (Mr. Wong Yng Si ) and tour guide (Diki) as we had dinner at a local restaurant before heading to Shigatse. Gyangtse, Tibet

Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. One can find the biggest statue of a sitting Maitreya Buddha one of the chapels. The statue stands 26.2 meters (86 ft) high and is decorated with gold, copper, pearl, amber, coral, diamond and other precious stones. The statue was handcrafted by 900 craftsmen in 9 years. It required 3,100 meters of cloth to dress the Buddha. Shigatse, Tibet

These Tibetan ladies were good enough to allow me to take their picture as they were visiting the Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse, Tibet
Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. Also called the Heap of Glory, the monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse. Founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the monastery's structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. Tashilhunpo Monastery covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters (3,229,279 sq. ft.).

Dennis on a yak at the sacred Yundrok Yumtso Lake, Tibet.


A very big TERIMA KASIH (thank you) to Dennis for sharing his experience on Tibet. Please go to Tibet-2006 - by DENNIS G. JARVIS to see the complete set of photos and I promise that you'll be amazed!! I kept going back to see those fantastic pictures everyday :)

I would like to thank Pat of for this award. She has some amazing photos in her blog, please visit her at Mille Fiori Favoriti. I always have problem passing awards out as I love everyone's blog. For this, I'd like to pass to good blogger-friend, Nihal at CrossRoads for her daily creativity in writting and sharing so many things about TURKEY, to Margaret at The Earthly Paradise for taking me to another world of arts (something I dont know much in the past), to Eileen of Eileen's Attic for her beautigul quiltting, Constance of Rochambeau..just love the way she present her blog creatively and Karen of Alkemie for posting all those wonderful house decor.




Finally, I am off from Thursday and back next Monday as I am going to my long awaited trip. To Siem Reap, Cambodia to see the Angkor Wat !! This picture was used earlier in one of my posting, courtesy of Stephan's, used with permission.

Ah..Angkor, it means 'city' in Sanskrit. Founded in 802 AD by Khmer Hindu Monarch Jayavarman II declaring himself the "universal monarch" and "god king" and continue his reign until 1431. It's one of the man-made wonders of the world, if you can, will you visit Angkor and see this awesome sight?

Cheers and happy week ahead