The Monasteries around Padum


Is this bear intended to ward off tourists?
Or is it a sign that even a bear will enter Nirvana when confronted with the basic facts of the Buddha?

A highly acclaimed Lama was supposed to come to Padum, but after the terrorist attack
which killed a monk outside Rangdum monastery approximately 20 kilometers away,
the Lama didn't like to come after all.

This friendly painter was - I believe - from Manali. He told me of a Dane he once knew
who had come to India to live in a cave. The Dane couldn't find a cave, so he lived in a shack instead,
and had food and drink brought to him -in order to avoid too many distractions from
his contemplation of "reality as seen from within a dark shack" I guess.

This is the caretaker of the small Gompa.


The Road less travelled... to Dzongkul Gompa


My ankles were completely destroyed by my expensive "Scarpa" boots, so I had to wear sandals instead.
Actually I would recommend sandals for trekking in Ladakh during the summer,
as long as you are not going up above approximately 5500 meter.

Two eagles.