Thupten Chholing monastery, Nepal
Why does the sight of a buddhist priest or nun always fill me with an irresistible urge to pull out the camera? There is no scene, whether in a crowded city street or in pristine wilderness, that won’t be enhanced by including a robed figure with a shaved head.
Outside Boudhanath Temple, Kathmandu
The Presbyterian ministers of my youth never had this effect on me. If I ever met the pope, I might organise a happy snap, but I find his costume OTT and not particularly photogenic. Besides, it reminds me of the Dutch Sinterklaas.
And you wouldn’t expect to see His Holiness the pope swinging a pick like this. His Holiness the head lama has no problem with it.
Buddhist temples and monuments usually add something to the landscape. Not that there aren’t some attractive churches under impressive mountains too, but few are quite as good as this…
Stupa, Thyangbochhe Monastery, Nepal
To say nothing of this…
Stupa below Mt Everest (left peak) and Mt Lhotse
The writer was the guest of World Expeditions