Phobjikha Valley
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A Bhutanese Monastery Gift
We asked our guide Sonam, (guides are mandatory for this Himalayan kingdom) if he could take us to a monastery while visiting Bhutan. Sonam told us his brother-in-law was the head teacher in a monastery high in the mountains above the Phobjikha Valley. There were no hotels. Fortune smiled upon us, Two days later we got word that we could stay in his brother-in-law's house. We drove uphill on a dirt road for the better part of a day. As we drove up, people dressed in cranberry clothes were hiking up to the tiny village for the ceremonial weekend. The people came from far reaches of the country. The white temple sat high on the mountain and gave an incredible view. The guides spoke with some people. Then to our surprise we were lead inside. We were given hand signals to sit down along side the people during the prayers. Getting to take part in this ancient cultural tradition was a gift, we never would have thought possible. It felt like love and peace were floating up and out of the building into the world. On our way out, these kind boys waved goodbye.
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Gifts from a Bhutanese Mountiantop
We asked our guide Sonam, (guides are mandatory for this Himalayan kingdom) if he could take us to a monastery while visiting Bhutan. Sonam told us his brother-in-law was the head teacher in a monastery high in the mountains above the Phobjikha Valley. There were no hotels. Fortune smiled upon us, Two days later we got word that we could stay in his brother-in-law's house. We drove uphill on a dirt road for the better part of a day. As we drove up, people dressed in cranberry clothes were hiking up to the tiny village for the ceremonial weekend. The people came from far reaches of the country.
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