Thiksey Gompa by Moonlight

Thiksey Gompa by Moonlight


“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
(Buddha – Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

This is Thiksey Gompa (monastery), a 15th century architectural complex crowning the crest of a hill.
It is a Gelugpa monastery which also has a modern Maitreya temple, consecrated by the Dalai Lama.

I took the picture from the road along River Sindh (Indus) a few minutes before seven o’clock in the morning.
It seemed that the moon didn’t want to leave, provoking the sun which was already high in a cloudless blue sky above the Ladakhi Himalayan hills.

In the crystal light I could listen to the sound of silence, a prelude to the beautiful Tibetan chants which had already started in the temple situated on the top of the monastery.

One Response to “Thiksey Gompa by Moonlight”

  1. Hans de Clercq Says:

    Beautiful photograph (even though the blue can do with some cleaning). I visited Thikse in October 1981, very few tourists in those days. I stayed for three nights in a small guest house at the foot of the hill where they had just one room for rent. Which was ok, since I was the only visitor. I scrambled up the footpath every morning to sit with the monks during prayer. Can still remember the taste of tsampa and buttertea they served. Happy travels.

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