Tranquility In Jiuzhaigou, Tibet

Tranquility In Jiuzhaigou, Tibet

before the Chinese New Year 2017, my husband and I took a
trip to China to visit his family who he hadn’t seen for over three
years. All the celebrations meant we made our way through far too
many cigarettes and baijiu in the first week, so to give ourselves
a break we decided to venture to Jiuzhaigou, a national park
located in the eastern part of Tibet.

En route to the park we stumbled across a monastery. Upon
entering we heard melodic morning prayers being uttered by 20
monks. One of them signalled for us to follow him into a back room
where four huge Buddha statues were kept. “Bow to them and put
three incenses bearing your wishes into the burner,” he instructed
us in native tongue, “you will feel the amount of strength that
this most sacred ceremony can give you”.

Many say that Tibet is the closest place to heaven on earth –
and it’s true. You can see it in people’s eyes; they are pure,
innocent and at peace. It’s a place to worship, not only the
monasteries but nature itself. They say that whatever reasons
brought you to Tibet do not matter; what matters is that you are
there now and one step closer to heaven.

As our taxi driver cried out when we passed a holy mountain on
our way back: “Here is to heaven, to earth and to people. Tashi


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