A friendly monk at the Sumtseling Monastery

A friendly Songzanlin monk - © Christopher Martin-6116

I spent the morning and evening at the Songzanlin Monastery (also called Sumtseling Monastery and Ganden Sumtseling Gompa) yesterday.  Sutra chanting, deep tones which carried around the upper complex, drew me to the Duke Khamtsen building.  Prayers were ongoing in the hall behind this gentleman with roughly twenty monks intoning and drumming.  This was marked by the occasional sounding of a long horn.  I stayed there listening for a long time during which I spoke with this monk now and then.  He was very friendly and when I asked whether photographing this outer entrance was allowed, as photographing the inner hall during prayers is not allowed, he said it was and offered to be in the picture.  The photographs were infinitely better having him in them.  When I showed him, he approved and pulled a couple of his friends over to show them too.  It could not have worked out better.  The photographs are one thing, but he best part was being able to be in this moment enjoying the prayers, the feeling of well being and a little time with my higher self.

10 responses

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  2. A feast for the eyes and what a beautiful and special experience that just fell together with uncanny perfection.

    September 17, 2015 at 10:49 am

    • Thank you Christina for your kind words. It was a beautiful moment.

      September 17, 2015 at 2:06 pm

  3. Really says “Namaste”

    September 17, 2015 at 8:51 am

  4. Alec

    Chris Your photo of the monk captured the joy and serenity that he obviously is living. It arrived just after I finished my Qigong session and matched the inner peace that I was experiencing. Thank you. Sent from my iPhone


    September 16, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    • That is a great overlap Dad. So happy the image resonated with you. Love you.

      September 17, 2015 at 4:10 pm

  5. You really captured his spirit, Christopher. Nice moment.

    September 16, 2015 at 3:52 pm

  6. How fortuitous he appeared and agreed and how good for your soul…thanks for the share of your moments.

    September 16, 2015 at 3:52 pm

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