Pilgrims & Lamas

In August 2000 His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama gave a Kalachakra Initiation at Ki Monastry in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh to 25,000 followers. In July 2010 His Holiness then travelled to the village of Disket in the Nubra Valley area of Ladakh to inaugurate and bless a statue of the Maitreya Buddha at Disket Monastry.

On both occasions for four days, his followers (who had travelled great distances over many high mountain passes), sat on the desert floor under a blistering sun and listened to his teachings. An army of helpers, cooked and handed out tibetan bread and namkin chai (tibetan salty butter tea) to relieve the hunger and thirst.

Lamas' Ki Monestery, SpitiCeremony at Kibber Village, SpitiSummer Solstice, Oracle and Piper, Spiti_Balancing Act Beneath Ki Monastery, StitiSpiti Ki Yawning MonkPrayer Under Flags, Kunzum PassOfferings, Losar, SpitiHorsemen of SpitiDrummer 'Girl', Ki MonasteryDance of Spiti, Ki MonasteryTea Break, Ki MonasteryMaitreya Buddha, DiskitBalancing ActAscent from PlainsPilgrim AscentPause for Thought (and Breath)Tightrope Act,Chai PotsPrayer and BeadsDistribution of Tibetan BreadPrayer in a Sea of PilgrimsMaitreya Buddha and PilgrimsQueue for WaterUnder Prayer Flags and a Scorching SunApprehensionUmbrella CanopyUmbrella ReliefWater 'Girls'Water PointTea on CobblesTea and LaceWater CollectionGiving and Recieving of AlmsHis Holiness the 14th Dalai LamaSilent ProtestAway Home