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Tibet – China

December 13, 2010 1 comment
The people and the culture of Tibet totally fascinate me and it is so much different from the rest of China or the world. Their faith, dedication, commitment and devotion towards their culture and Buddhism religion never fails to amaze me!!! There are no rules as to many hours of praying you should do or how many litres of butter oil you should give or how much donation you should make, or how many “full body prayers” you should do hence it seems they do as much as they can. It never seems to be a burden or hassle for them, they offer these ‘sacrifices’ and perform these ‘duties’ very willingly and they never seem to question it.

During my 16 day trip we sit comfortably in our 4WD travelling the long distances of Tibet for leisure and sightseeing, we would see many people on the road. Some people travel as far as 2000km on foot or should I say ON THEIR KNEES literally 五体投地, kneeling all the way from their home town to Lhasa just to worship their god.
Apparently, every day at home they will also do “full body prayers” as many times as day as they can. Our driver told us that his mother in law has completed 100,000 times of this to pray for blessings for her and generation after hers as well. Sometimes, in the morning when we have to get up at 4am to start our journey, our driver would do his praying whilst he was driving.
I am not disputing their actions because all religions have their rituals but applaud their utter surrender. For example, I, being a Christian am grateful that my practices are so ‘convenient ‘as compared to others such as Mormons who take two years out to preach and Muslims who go to Jerusalem for their pilgrimage. I can’t help but wonder if they are blinded by ignorance or is it their true believe that they must earn blessing by their acts and deeds. Even if not for this life but for their next life, they would tell me, ‘不为今生为来世’. I wonder if they choose to behave in this way or it is just part of being Tibetan, simple as that.

Their joys, pains, experiences, hopes all carried on their FACES…