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Lamas' life in Tibet's Chode Monastery
09:26, October 27, 2009  

The Chode Monastery, Tibet's famous monastery of the Sagya Sect in the Tibetan Buddhism, lies in the mountains along the Yarlung Zangbo River.

On an early morning of September, an aged lama carrying two buckets of water was tottering on the square in front of the monastery. The sound of reading Buddhist scriptures lingered in the air above the Main Hall of the red-and-white religious architecture. The kitchen in a dim light from a filament lamp teemed with a fragrant smell of butter tea.


Wangchug, a little lama serving Tibet's Chode Monastery smiles in front of the camera. (Photo Source: Guangzhou Daily)


Having washed his face carefully with a fancy soap, a little lama put a thick layer of scream on his skin. The 16-year-old boy called little Wangchug came from an ordinary rural Tibetan family. He was interested in singing and playing football.

Pasting on the wall of his dormitory were Buddhist portraits and a big poster of David Beckham. Except wearing a red cassock, he looks like other teenagers of his age.

"I'm greatly honored to be sent by my family to study the Tibetan Buddhism here," said Wangchug, who considered lama an ideal profession for him. Each time when the monastery begins a vacation, he will watch TV or play football like other boys, Wangchug added. "I hope to have a lap-top, so that I can learn more and much more quickly. "


The young Abbot Pasang stands on the top of the Chode Monastery, Gonggar County, Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. (Photo Source: Guangzhou Daily)


According to Abbot Pasang, the monastery, founded in 1464, features frescoes and traditional Tibetan religious drum dance, both of which are regarded as precious cultural heritages.

For Tibetans, the blue and white represent the sky and cloud respectively. The blue dropping onto the ground has turned into the holy lakes; while, the white falling to the ground has been accumulated into snow mountains and glaciers.

Pasang had his own wishes: one is to expect the monastery to get stronger and stronger in terms of influence and to perform its duty in blessing the country with prosperity and people with a happy life. He also hoped to study in a senior Buddhist college for better self-cultivation.

Source: Xinhuanet

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