Posts Tagged ‘tibetan’

karma | mcleodganj

May 14, 2021

Karma, plant specialist. Photographed in Mcleodganj, Dharamshala.

Loesel on Losar | dharamshala

February 16, 2021

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Lodoe & Lobsang | mcleodganj

October 7, 2020

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Lodoe & Lobsang on Losar in Mcleodganj.

Lhakpa with family | mcleodganj

September 16, 2020

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Lhakpa Tsering, founder of Tibet Theatre, out with family on Losar in Mcleodganj, Dharamshala.

Lungtok | mcleodganj

August 29, 2020

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I am Tibetan. That’s the biological part because I was born to Tibetan parents. But what makes Tibetans Tibetans and Chinese Chinese? What comprises an ethnic group? What separates one ethnic group from another? And what comprises a country or a nation? Keeping all that in mind, I think I would happily be Tibetan. Keep being resilient and one day go back to my country with all the basic human rights. Tibetan culture and Buddhism have a lot to offer to the modern world.

Here in Dharamsala, I work at ANEC, an NGO. We aim to be a holistic space for any kind of discourse and dissent in exile community.

How would you describe your hometown and Tibet?
I am a third generation born in exile. My family is from central Tibet. I only have ideas about what Tibet looks like through photos and videos but i hope to go there someday. For now it’s Dharamsala, Dhasa, little Lhasa.

If there was only one thing people could know about you, what would you like it to be?
I like eating apples.

Photographed in February on Tibet heritage celebration day in Mcleodganj.

tashi & thelgyel | dharamshala

May 25, 2020

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Tashi & Thelgyel, photographed on Losar in Mcleodganj, Dharamshala.

woman from Tibet | Mcleodganj

December 2, 2017

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street fashion dharamsala india tibetstreet fashion dharamsala india tibetWoman from Tibet at the Dalai Lama‘s teachings.


Photographed near the main temple. Mcleodganj. September 2017.


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Norbu Tsering

August 26, 2017

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Mcleodganj. July 2017.


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August 26, 2017

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Dechen in traditional Tibetan attire.


Mcleodganj. July 2017.


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tseyang & nordon

August 6, 2017

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Tseyang & Nordon in traditional clothes on the day of the Dalai Lama‘s birthday celebrations.


Photographed outside the main temple. Mcleodganj. July 2017.


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dolkar & choeyang

July 19, 2017

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Dolkar with her sister in traditional clothes on the day of Dalai Lama‘s birthday celebrations.


Mcleodganj. July 2017.


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I like Eric Clapton & The Weeknd

July 19, 2017

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Aga from Amdo, Tibet.

“I came to India from Tibet in 2005. We were 9 of us and we walked through the Himalayas for about 23 days. During the day we would rest and discuss which way to take in the night. We had packed Tsampa and cheese for the journey but when it got over we ate snow.

In the photo I am wearing the traditional Chuba that we usually wear in winters back at home.

I like Eric Claption and the Weeknd. Right now I am listening to some speeches by Gosher, a Tibetan monk.”


Outside the Dalai Lama Temple, Mcleodganj. 2017.


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Tibetan Pangden | dharamsala

September 15, 2015

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Tibetan women in Pangden — “a striped apron worn around the waist by married Tibetan women. It is usually made from three colorful columns of cloth sewn together. The stripes identify their home area and village.”


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Lobsang in Tibetan Chupa

July 21, 2015

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Lobsang Dorjee, 26. Tibetan.

What’s your usual day like?
Before when I used to work as a cook at Lhamo’s Croissant I was busy all day. Now I go to English classes. Sometimes I play basketball with friends. Sometimes we go swimming or hiking.

Photographed in Mcleodganj, Dharamsala.


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June 7, 2014

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Tenzin, 19. Tibetan. Works as a waiter. Likes whiskey. Lives in McleodGanj.

When I was in school everyone called me Genji because of my haircut. You know that film?

Crows Zero?

Yes. You watch it? Everybody thought I looked like him so now sometimes I say that’s my name.

Photographed in Mcleodganj, Dharamsala in November 2013.

Yulha & Tsering

May 19, 2014

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Tsering Dhargyal, 24. In traditional Tibetan wedding attire a few weeks before his wedding.

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Youlha Tsering, 24. In traditional Tibetan wedding attire with jeans on the day of his wedding.

Photographed in July 2012 and November 2013 in McleodGanj, Dharamsala.

Old Tibetan Woman

March 1, 2014

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Old Tibetan woman. Is wearing a Chuba — ‘a long capacious robe with wide, elongated sleeves. Caught up at the waist by a woolen girdle so that its skirts reach only to the knees and its upper folds form an enormous circular pocket round the chest. The striped woven apron implies she is married.’

Photographed at Kora in Mcleodganj, Dharamsala in November 2013.

Tsoknyi Gyatso

January 17, 2014

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Tsoknyi Gyatso, 38. Tibetan monk. Lives in McLeodGanj. 

How is your ordinary day like?
Usually I get up around 5 am. Always try to get up little early because I practise Tibetan yoga. I do Surya Namaskars & kapalabhati. Then have breakfast — cheese with Tsampa & milk tea. Most Tibetan people eat Tsampa with sugar cheese and butter, but I don’t like sugar much. Then I listen to news about Tibetan issues. I also try to watch and listen to BBC and CNN to improve my English. Then I do my homework around 9/9.30. Then I chant from the Dharma book and meditate. In daytime I have two French classes and since last week I started going to LHA for conversation class. When I have free time I go to the temple and meditate. During my dinner I chat with my friends in Tibet on WeChat. It was created by the Chinese. Last month Chinese arrested a Tibetan woman because she shared many pictures of His Holiness with her friends and talked about what’s happening in Tibet. So we are just talking about normal stuff: what we are eating, what did you do today, how is the weather. Our conversations on WeChat are meaningless.

Do you believe in reincarnation?
Yes. When I was 25 years old there were many Tibetan children around who remembered everything about their previous lives. They could recognize their previous parents, friends, monasteries, everything. Mind and body are different. Body is like the cloth of mind. When we stop breathing mind goes out to a place between death and birth till it is born again.

How do you define mind?
Mind is the root — the essence of you. Mind is very flexible. If we try we can mould it. Mind is you. Many people believe mind is in heart. Science says it’s here [points to his head]. We are always busy thinking about many things. This makes us sad. Busy meaningless life. We have no contentment. We have to stop thinking and try to keep it silent.

How do you make the mind silent?
[Laughs]. Best way to make mind stable is through meditation. By thinking about emptiness and why I am busy, why I am in this world.

Actually I am not good at doing meditation. I am under three poisons. I am full of ignorance, attachment, and hatred.

What are you attached to?
Beautiful things. I am wearing this[robe] but I am still trying to control my attachment to desires. So I have this attachment. If I didn’t, I could stay in the mountains and live there forever. If I am not under the three poisons I will be liberated from samsara. Like Milarepa.

Photographed and interviewed in November 2013 in Mcleodganj.

*// The color “red” had become the traditional monk robe color in Tibet mainly because it was the most common and cheapest dye at one point of time. Also, red is considered a ”poor” color in Tibet so the idea of wearing red symbolizes deflecting attention from oneself and focusing on compassion & kindness towards other beings – one of the main principles of Buddhism.  Wearing such robes also symbolizes the vow taken to lead simple lives. A monk’s robe is a symbol of his non-status that he no longer partakes in a material world. *//


January 15, 2014

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Samten, 31. Tibetan. Works as a photographer. Lives in McLeodGanj, Dharamsala.

How long have you been living here and what did you do before working as a photographer?
I came here in 2004. I worked at coffee shops, restaurants. In total around 7-8 places.

What kind of photography you’re interested in?
Nothing in particular. It’s free. For example I like this cup, I have some feeling, I take a photo.

Do you have any favourite books?
I like reading Chinese & Buddhist philosophy. I just started reading this book about a traveller who came to Beijing, then inner Mongolia via Xinghai then Lhasa and what he saw how everything was about 200 years ago. It’s in Chinese. I don’t know how to translate the name. // I think it’s Young Husband.

Favourite films?
Weeping camel. Amelie. YesterdayIn the Heat of the Sun.

Is there anything you find interesting about Buddhist philosophy?
The Buddha talk.  // Dhammapada

Does your name mean anything?
Samten means if I go this way I’m never coming back. If I am thinking something, I decide to do something, I will do it.

Do you believe in reincarnation?
Yes yes yes. I think it’s true. When we die we just change bodies. Yes.

Photographed and interviewed in Mcleodganj in November 2013.