TIRPOR - The Irrational Pursuit Of Reason

Andrew Cockburn photography


Delhi Forts and Tombs


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I spent a few days in Delhi before flying to Bhutan. These area few of the forts, tombs and other sights.

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Thimphu Tshechu


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Bhutan is one of the few remaining countries where Tantric Buddhism still flourishes. Few of the populace are literate and the Buddhist texts are communicated through ritual dances at gatherings called Tshechus. Most of the dances are rather long, even to the initiated, and jesters dressed as monkeys try to keep the crowds entertained.

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Taktsang Monastery


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Seat of Bhuddism in Bhutan. Here is where in the 8th century CE, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava or second Buddha) made his legendary trip from Eastern Bhutan to Western Bhutan on the back of a flying tigress to subdue the evil spirits who hindered Buddhism. After defeating them, he blessed them as guardians of the doctrine and so introduced Tantric Buddhism to Bhutan. Taktsang (or Tigers Nest) in the Paro Valley is where he landed and today it remains one of most sacred places in Bhutan.

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Paro Valley


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Paro to Nehri La


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Lingshi


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Lingshi to Laya


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Laya


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Laya to Tashitang


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Miscellaneous


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Random files - Bhutan 1992
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Laya village children149 viewsShowing off their traditional jewelry and not so traditional bobble hat.
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Wazzup ?149 viewsFamily dwelling inside Lingshi Monastery. Out here Westerners are the curiosity.
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Upper reaches of Paro Valley on the bank of Jangkhochang Chu141 viewsIn the rain shadow of Chomolhari, Paro Valley is typical of the dryer parts of the region.
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Yaks (two)150 viewsUpper Lingshi Valley

Last additions - Bhutan 1992
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175 viewsFeb 05, 2008
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Children in Laya Village181 viewsThe conical woven bamboo hat is the trademark headware of Layans.Feb 05, 2008
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Outskirts of Thimpu166 viewsDec 14, 2005
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?? Dzhong, Thimpu208 viewsI believe some of the scenes of "Little Bhudda" were in the process of being filmed here.Dec 14, 2005