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The Lama & the Huntsman

I was in Spiti Valley, in Himachal Pradesh, India. After a 5day hike in the region, I visited Key Monastery with my new local friend. Kye Gompa is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley & a religious training centre for Lamas, located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166m (13,668 ft) at the Himalayas. It was a cold morning in October. The young monks prepare themselves for a test at the terrace of the monastery. The view was incredible & we felt the warmth of the sun on our face & took our breakfast. A monk showed up & started to recite Buddhist Sutras out loud. This remind me a Tibetan story about a Lama practising on a big mountain. A poor hunter lived nearby (*according to Buddhism killing living beings is a sin). The man hunted to support his family. After each hunt, he'd give 2 deer to the Lama. If he didn't find deer on the one side of the mountain, he would fly over a cliff to hunt on the other side. "If a sinner can fly over mountains, me, through my spiritual practice can easily fly there too", thought the Lama ! Yet the Lama fell into the water. "Because what matters is the heart".

TAGS: Culture, India, Monks, Mountains

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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 10.2018
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 30, 2019, 5:45 a.m.
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PHOTO LOCATION Key Monastery, India