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Pious Tibetan elders on ritual walks
15:25, July 15, 2010  

Tibetan elders are taking ritual walks, photo from

Tibetan Buddhists believe that Lhasa, capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region, is the center of the world. So they take ritual walks around the statue of Sakyamuni in Lhasa as a way of chanting Buddhist sanskrits.

One circuit of ritual walks means a higher level of accomplishment: a circuit around a Buddhist temple is the inner circle ("Nangkuo" in Tibetan); a circuit around the Jokhang Temple is the middle circle ("Pakuo" in Tibetan); and a larger circuit around the Jokhang Temple, Yaowang Mountain and Ramoche Monastery is the outer one ("Linkuo" in Tibetan).

Source: China Tibet Information Center


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