A great way to find out how it would actually be to stay at the monastery and visit it in more detail!
This is the morning view from everywhere within and around the monastic campus. An amazingly beautiful place, situated at about 4,000 feet, on the side of a mountain.
Many of the local villagers are employed in some capacity by the monastery or otherwise benefit from the number of people living there or visiting.
Different monks give different estimates regarding how many of them there are at a given time, but most guesses hover around 200.
A couple of days after I arrived they had their winter picnic, one of only two such monk-centric holidays a year. They played badminton, basketball, listened to the radio, sang, and ate.
The guesthouse for visitors is quite nice, perching on the side of the mountain just below the monastery. This isn’t where I’m staying (this will be revealed in a future post), but it’s where I eat my meals — lots of potatoes, lentils…
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