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Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim, India

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(October 2011)

The Rumtek Monastery is the seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage or the 'Black Hat' order of Tibetan Buddhists and is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites of Sikkim.


Wall lined with pictures of monks and prayer wheels.


Young monk contemplating prayer wheels.


Rumtek Monastery is also home to the Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist studies.


The courtyard of the monastery.


The walls are covered with fantastic murals and paintings.


The gates are guarded by Indian policemen. Solar panels on the roof provide hot water.


Sleeping monks.


Stairs leading to the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute.


Examples of life in hell.


Battle is another element of life in this wheel of life.


Prayer wheels inviting a spin.


Palm -sized spider with intricately stitched web work.


Young monks playing hackie sack.


Good kick!


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