MONLAM CHENMO
Religion and Culture

MONLAM CHENMO

The Monlam Chenmo, also known as The Great Prayer Festival, is the most important Tibetan Buddhist celebration of the year and begins on the 4th da...

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YEAR OF THE WATER RABBIT
Animals and Surroundings

YEAR OF THE WATER RABBIT

The Lunar New Year is marked by the first day of the lunar year and is the most celebrated festival on the Tibetan Plateau. It is a symbol of new b...

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TORKYA CEREMONY
Religion and Culture

TORKYA CEREMONY

Each year, across the Tibetan Plateau, monks perform the ‘Torkya’ or Ritual Cake Throwing Ceremony, a ritual meant to cleanse the air of any malevo...

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GANDEN NAMCHOE
Religion and Culture

GANDEN NAMCHOE

Each year on a winter night, the outlines of a multitude of villages and nomad settlements across the Tibetan Plateau emerge from obscurity, illumi...

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WINTER CHAM
Religion and Culture

WINTER CHAM

Every year around December, when the cold has settled in and the new year is close, the monastery in Garnying, a few kilometers from Ritoma, holds ...

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CHOEKHOR DAY
Animals and Surroundings

CHOEKHOR DAY

As autumn rolls in with yellowing and darkening skies, Ritoma’s pastoralists prepare for winter. Yak and sheep, which had been grazing at higher al...

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THE FOUR FRIENDS
People

THE FOUR FRIENDS

To celebrate this month’s full moon, we would like to offer a blessing to our community of friends. The Four Friends blessing is hand-painted in co...

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YARNEY ~ INTERVIEW WITH A MONK
Religion and Culture

YARNEY ~ INTERVIEW WITH A MONK

Yarney is a six week retreat period that monks practice in the summer, beginning over two thousand years ago at the time of Buddha Sakyamuni. Dakpa...

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MONKS MONSOON RETREAT
Religion and Culture

MONKS MONSOON RETREAT

Each year, monks in Labrang and many other monasteries on the Tibetan Plateau hold a six week retreat in the summer. Its origins are in the Monsoon...

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THE CIRCLE
Religion and Culture

THE CIRCLE

On the 18 th of June, Ritoma’s pastoralists brought their yak and sheep to Chakka, the highest and furthest point of grassland in their yearly migr...

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LAPTSE
Religion and Culture

LAPTSE

A Laptse is a feast for the senses, galloping horses, prayer flags, and the heavy smoke of juniper offerings. It is one dominated by the neighing ...

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