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When the Sun Kissed the Plateau

The gentle sunshine kissed the gray earth, and the warm breeze melted away, yet once again, the snow that had lingered over the mountain slopes.   And everything growing responded to the cuddly gesture; the pear trees­ and the apricot put on their new clothes and released their own power in mass blossoms. The lilacs […]

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Tibetan art, Butter sculpture, Kumbum monastery, Buddha, Tibetan Buddhism

Losar ལོ་གསར Festive Moments

  There are numerous Losar activities here on the Tibetan Plateau. May it be gathering for tea, steamy yak meat dumplings, butter sculpture, altar ornaments, or Bön practitioners performing dances. Sharing with you are pictures of some events that I’ve been blessed to be part of. I hope these visuals would bring you a sense […]

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Losar ལོ་གསར Morning Rituals

  UPDATED: Losar, the Tibetan New Year, has finally arrived after months of preparation. And it is the New Year’s morning; time to enjoy juicy yak-meat dumplings and milk tea, and pay respect to others, all after spiritual offerings, of course. When I was a girl, my family would send us kids to visit elders […]

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Losar Eve: Spiritual Offerings

  Villagers completed their Losar (Tibetan New Year) preparations of shopping, baking, and making decorations for their family shrines and guest rooms. Loved ones from far and near arrived home for this most celebrated Tibetan holiday. And it’s finally Losar Eve where spiritual offerings are a big part of wrapping up the year and wishing for an […]

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Tibetan butter lamp, Losar prep

Losar Preparation: Visual Feast

  During Losar or Lo sar, Tibetan New Year, preparation, you would not need to travel far to learn much about the festival and to perceive a variety of cultural expressions. Every family displays a visual feast without realizing it. Today, I’m sharing my observations during a 5-minute walk from one family to another, passing our […]

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Tibetan bakery, Amdo bread, Rebgong bread

Tibetan Losar Preparation: Amdo Bread

UPDATED with more details about Losar, July 2, 2016. It’s exciting to be back home in Rebgong (Reb gong, Tongren)—the home still nearest and dearest to my heart, even after making a new home in the West. Returning to my roots for Losar, the Lunar New Year, is special. Traditionally, Losar falls on the first […]

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Tibetan Tea, Yak milk tea, Amdo Milk Tea, Tibetan food

Daily Ritual: Amdo Milk Tea

With the cold weather in full swing here in North America and in the Far East where I’m from, I thought I would share with you a winter comfort blanket, in the form of hot beverage that will warm you from the inside out. And who knew there are health benefits of tea that’s rich in […]

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