China 2105 – Labrang Monastery: THE GIANT THANGKA

 

 

 

 

 

photocrati galleryThe giant, very heavy, hand appliqu├ęd thangka is displayed on the hillside every winter during Losar (Tibetan New Year).

It is blessed, then shrouded by its massive silk veil, lowered down the hillside into a tidy roll, and carried off to the Monastery where it will remain for another year.

The Labrang Monastery is the only significant monastery left, including the Potala Palace, that is NOT run by the Chinese government.