Religion and Culture

MONLAM CHENMO

MONLAM CHENMO
Religion and Culture

MONLAM CHENMO

The Great Prayer Festival, or Monlam Chenmo, was established by Je-Rinpoche, or Tsong Khapa, in Lhasa in 1409. The timing, the first two weeks of ...

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LUNAR NEW YEAR
Religion and Culture

LUNAR NEW YEAR

On the Tibetan Plateau, Losar, or New Year, is the most awaited and celebrated event of the year, a time for family reunions, weddings, and new beg...

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PROSTRATING
Religion and Culture

PROSTRATING

When traveling on the Tibetan Plateau, one will often encounter groups of pilgrims clad in heavy leather aprons making the journey by prostrating, ...

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NEW YEAR MESSAGE
People

NEW YEAR MESSAGE

2023 has been a year of revival for Norlha. The aftermath of the pandemic left us rebuilding, reinventing and reflecting. Normalcy felt like a lux...

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CURATED NEWS DECEMBER 2023
Curated News

CURATED NEWS DECEMBER 2023

Curated news is a bi-monthly newsletter showcasing ideas, initiatives and practices from around the world and here in Ritoma.  Bringing insight, co...

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STONE CAIRNS
Animals and Surroundings

STONE CAIRNS

The dumbom, or stone cairn, is an endemic feature of the Tibetan Plateau landscape. They appear on common ground, on the banks of lakes, hilltops, ...

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NORLHA'S 16TH ANNIVERSARY
People

NORLHA'S 16TH ANNIVERSARY

16 years ago, Norlha was taking down the tents that had been our Atelier’s first home and moving into the newly constructed workshop on the other s...

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NORLHA CHILDREN
People

NORLHA CHILDREN

In Ritoma village, most children and some young adults cannot remember Ritoma without Norlha. They grew up with their parents working in the Atelie...

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BLESSING THE LAND
Religion and Culture

BLESSING THE LAND

As humans, we like to make our mark and build on land that we consider empty. We buy it, exchange or inherit it and consider it ours. In Tibet, peo...

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PEACE DAY
Religion and Culture

PEACE DAY

A poem on peace and compassion composed and recited for World Peace Day, by one of Norlha’s Managers, Jampa Dhundup. Radiating rays of Love bring w...

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LAPTSE
Religion and Culture

LAPTSE

Fluttering flags, smoke, paper effigies of the wind horse, the harbinger of good fortune, falling like snow, the sound of hoofs, and the cries of h...

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