2015 - Ladakh India Adventure Day 3

Ladakh the Land of High Passes in the Himalayas
The 4th International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh from 21 Aug – 01 Sep 2015 (12D/11N)

Day 03 (23.08.2015) – Thicksay and Shey Monastery, Leh, Ladakh

Morning call at 5am and at 5.30am the cars took us 18km south from Leh in the Indus Valley to visit the Thicksay Monastery. We were early enough to witness the 6am puja with sound of drums and trumpets at the main temple hall. We have also seen a beautiful giant Maitreya Buddha statue beside the main temple. Thiksey Monastery is the largest monastery in central Ladakh district in Jammu and Kashmir.

We left Thicksay at 8am and proceed to Shey Monastery. The Shey Monastery and the Shey Palace complex are structures located on a hillock in Shey, 15 kilometres to the south of Leh in Ladakh, northern India on the Leh-Manali road. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh in the past.

We came back to MIMC at 9am for breakfast and rested till 1pm for lunch. At 3pm the cars took us as delegates for the inaugural function of International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh. The event is being hosted by Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC) Leh. The venue is Nagarjuna Auditorium at Choglamsar, Leh, Ladakh. The organising chairman is Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena, founder President of MIMC, Leh. Our Malaysian speakers were Prof. Datuk Seri Dr Victor Wee and Dr Tan Ho Soon.

The Honourable chief guest was HRH Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuk the royal princess of the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan. After the speeches, there were the traditional music and dance. Ladhakhi Dances are very colorful and majestic. The slow and gentle movements of these dances are very well complemented by the richness of jeweled 'Peraks', Silver ornaments and rich music.
We came back to MIMC for dinner at 8.30pm. The day temperature was at about 20° C and night was about 10° C. Sleeping at Global Family Home.
Morning view of Thiksey Monastery from the dirt road of the village.

Thiksey Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect, located on top of a hill, 18km east of Leh in Ladakh.

The 12-storey complex monastery is located at an altitude of 11,800 ft in the Indus valley and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. 

Founded in the mid 15th century, it is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh.



Datuk Victor Wee and myself at the road entrance to the monastery.


A lady worker and her child at the steps of the Monastery.


A prayer wheel located by the steps that lead to the main part of Thiksay Monastery.

The beautiful golden spire on the chorten or stupa. A stupa is an architectural representation of the entire Buddhist path. The body, speech and mind of an enlightened teacher is contained therein – a reminder of a timeless quality which one senses in old monuments. There are 3 basic reasons for building stupas. Burial stupas hold relics from the funeral pyre. Commemorative stupas mark the place of an event or occasion in the Buddha’s life. And, votive stupas are erected to make a dedication of good will or to accumulate merit.

Panoramic view of the valley from Thicksay monastery.

Panoramic view of the valley from Thicksay monastery.

The yellow building has the assembly hall. The red building has the guardian deity shrine.

The architecture is of a fort monastery in the Central Tibetan pattern.

The courtyard view from the monastery.

Panoramic view of the valley from the roof top of Thicksay monastery.

Panoramic view of the valley from the roof top of Thicksay monastery.

Panoramic view of the valley from the roof top of Thicksay monastery.

Panoramic view of the snow-cap mountain from the roof top of Thicksay monastery.

A group photo at the roof top of Thicksay monastery.

This is Trett Sara Alina the daughter of Madam Tai Yoke Lin.

This is your truly, Ching Neng Bin.

The breathtaking mountain view from the roof top of Thicksay Monastery.

The breathtaking mountain view from the roof top of Thicksay Monastery.


We were early enough to witness the 6am puja with sound of drums and trumpets at the main temple hall. The Long Horn or Dung-Chen is a unique Tibetan traditional ritual music instrument made from brass trumpet and is always played in pairs. The tradition of this ritual instrument was started in the year 1040AD for the great Indian Buddhist Masters, who was invited by Lha-Tsun Jang Chup-Woe to preach Buddhism in Tibet.

There were many foreign tourist at the monastery hall.


The Buddha is in inner sanctum of the assembly hall.

Throne of Dalai Lama and head Lama.

The monastery has about 60 monks.

A 15 metres (49ft) high statue of Maitreya (future Buddha), the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two storeys of the building is idolised in the monastery. A nunnery is also part of the complex.

In 1970 this Maitreya (future Buddha) Temple was installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama.
 


The Shey Monastery and the Shey Palace complex are structures located on a hillock in Shey, 15 kilometres to the south of Leh.


The monastery was built in the year 1655 by Ladakh’s king Deldan Namgyal. The royal kings of Ladakh used to stay here during summers.

The greener view of the valley from Shey Monastery.

The mountain view and the valley from Shey Monastery



The palace, mostly in ruins now, was built first in 1655 by the king of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal, also known as Lhachen Palgyigon. It was used as a summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh.

Another view of the Shey palace.

Noticed the beautiful golden spire on the chorten or stupa of the palace.

Patrick Phoon Yew Fatt standing in front of the Shey temple door.
Shey monastery is famous because of the magnificent metal statue of Shakyamuni Buddha which is the second largest statue in Ladakh.
As delegates for the inaugural function of International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh. L-R: Lina Tan, Ong Siok Leng, Jeannie Heng Sok Giang, Patrick Phoon Yew Fatt, Datuk Seri Victor Wee, Dr.Tan Ho Soon and Angie Ho Siew Eng.




Mike Khaw and the friends from USA.

Simon Looi and Sudatta Eng Kong Kian.

L-R: Lina Tan, Lye Yu Choong, Veeranoot Nissapatorn, Elaine Low, Aunty Amitha and Uncle Vijaya.

From Sitiawan are Lilian Agumo Estolas, Ching Bee Geok, Lau Soew Choo and Seow Key Me.



The organising chairman is Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena, founder President of MIMC, Leh.

Prof. Datuk Seri Dr Victor Wee is the Malaysian speaker from Buddhist Gem Fellowship Malaysia.


Dr. Tan Ho Soon is another Malaysian speaker from Nalanda Institute Malaysia.



The Honorable chief guest was HRH Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuk the royal princess of the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan.



L-R: Prof. Datuk Seri Dr Victor Wee and Dr Tan Ho Soon. 



The Honorable chief guest was HRH Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuk the royal princess of the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan.

The smiling faces speak a thousand words.

The smile is worth a thousand words.

I went behind the stage to take some photos of this dancers from Thailand.

This dancers from Leh, Ladakh.



















4th International festival of buddhist Heritage of Ladakh | 24 Aug 2015 (Part 1) 
4th International festival of buddhist Heritage of Ladakh | 24 Aug 2015 (Part 2)


Videos:

  1. At Mahabodhi, Leh, Ladakh 2009 
  2. International Meditation Centre, Leh-Ladakh 2011 
  3. A soldier becomes a Monk, Mahabodhi Ladakh 2013
  4. Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre diary 2015 
  5. Mahabodhi Devachan Campus the Himalayan Oasis 2015 
click below to view:
Day 01 (21.08.2015) – Kuala Lumpur flight to Delhi, India
Day 02 (22.08.2015) – Delhi domestic flight to Leh, Ladakh (3,524m / 11,562ft)
Day 03 (23.08.2015) – Thicksay and Shey Monastery, Leh, Ladakh
Day 04 (24.08.2015) – Leh to Hemis Monastery (41.2km) Ladakh
Day 05 (25.08.2015) – Leh to Nubra Valley (136km) via KhardungLa Pass
 

Day 06 (26.08.2015) – Nubra Valley to visit Disket Monastery (14.5km)
Day 07 (27.08.2015) – Nubra Valley returned to Leh, Ladakh (136km)
Day 08 (28.08.2015) – Visit Devachan Campus, Leh, Ladakh
Day 09 (29.08.2015) – Leh to Tingmosgang (90km) Ladakh
Day 10 (30.08.2015) – Bodhkharbu on the way to Lamayuru Monastery
 

Day 11 (31.08.2015) – Basgo Monastery, Tekchen Chosling and Alchi Temple
Day 12 (01.09.2015) - Leh fly to Delhi to catch the night flight back to KL 
Day 13 (02.09.2015) - Arrived KLIA at 6.55am
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Ladakh India the Land of High Passes in the Himalayas The 4th International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh 21 Aug – 01 Sep 2015 (12D/11N)

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8 comments:

  1. Dear Bro. Ching,

    What an awesome job of putting lovely pictures and videos of the Ladakh trip together with a writeup that captures the essence of the wonderful experience we had during the trip.

    Prof. Datuk Seri Dr Victor Wee

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  2. Wahhh ...brother, we must enjoy life whenever we can...

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  3. Tay Siok Eian08 October, 2015

    Dear Ching, thanks for sharing the lovely pictures of your Ladakh trip and Scotland adventure.
    Rgds.

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  4. Teoh Han Seong11 October, 2015

    Hi Mr Ching

    Thanks for sharing.
    Beautiful place, Ladakh.
    All smiling faces and simple peoples.

    Thank You and Best Regards,
    Lt Cdr (R) Teoh HS

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  5. Cynthia Yap11 October, 2015

    Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Thanks for sharing Ching, looks like you had a great time on your Ladakh India's Adventure trip! Keep it up!!! Best regards

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  7. Wong Fook Chai19 October, 2015

    Wow, Ching. Keep up the spirit. You are certainly living life to the fullest.

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  8. Tan Cheng Jin19 October, 2015

    Neng Bin,
    Thanks for the so many splendid photos. Thanks for sharing your adventures. Really special photos and places you have been and beautiful places too. And with nice friends. Keep it up.
    Cheng Jin

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