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Devotees make pilgrimage to Lhasa

07-14-2011 08:36 BJT Special Report:This is Tibet |

Monasteries strewn around the Tibet Plateau, and Prayer Wheels in nearly every Tibetan's hand, religion abounds in Tibet and is deeply ingrained in ordinary people's daily lives.

Outside the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, it's five o'clock in the morning.

For many pilgrims, they have already long embarked on the pious ritual and a journey to holiness.

Inside the temple, lamps have been lit to welcome devotees and tourists.

It marks the moment visitors can enter one of the most sacred places in Tibetan Buddhism.

The temple for Tibetans is what Mecca is for Muslims: it is one of the must-go places in these pilgrims' lives to pray for themselves and their loved ones.

My son hasn't been here since he was born ten months ago. I want to take him here and wish that he can be blessed with a lifetime of peace and healthiness.

Visitors are walking clockwise in the temple, waiting to see the most valuable religious object: the Sakyamuni statue, believed to be an identical replication of the founder of Buddhism at the age of 12.

Monasteries strewn around the Tibet Plateau, and Prayer Wheels in
nearly every Tibetan's hand, religion abounds in Tibet and is
deeply ingrained in ordinary people's daily lives.

Humbly bowing down, touching the statue with the forehead while at the same time, reciting prayers, this is how one asks for blessings.

The prayer is for my family. I'm hoping for them to be happy and healthy every day.

For most Tibetans, religious life is not only confined within the temples.

Being the most vital way to communicate with God, the golden Prayer Wheels are commonplace in Tibet. With the wheels carrying Buddhist scriptures and carved with Sacred Words, Tibetans believe rolling the wheels will be the same as reading the scriptures.

Flags written with scriptures, another signature in Tibetan religious life, serve the same purpose as the wheels.

But of course, the most important part of their religious life is prayer. Through chanting and the humble ritual of kneeling, the pilgrims are putting aside all their secular troubles and reaching for holiness and peace.

Editor:Shi Jierui |Source: CNTV.CN

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