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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Qulab Minar, Delhi237 views
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Laya Children217 viewsTraditional clothing contrasts with the red rubber wellies.
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Taking a break202 viewsJesters taking a break from their labours at Thimp Tshechu
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Archery tournament - the target174 viewsRivals dance in front of the target and even try to knock arrows out of the air.

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Children in Laya Village228 viewsThe conical woven bamboo hat is the trademark headware of Layans.Feb 05, 2008
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Outskirts of Thimpu210 viewsDec 14, 2005
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?? Dzhong, Thimpu253 viewsI believe some of the scenes of "Little Bhudda" were in the process of being filmed here.Dec 14, 2005