Friday, 16 November 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 46 - Tibet

Roland Poland is in London and a chance meeting with a Lhasa Apso belonging to the Dalai Lama gets him thinking that perhaps there is more to life than just having a good time.

He writes to his half-brother Malcolm,

Hi Malcolm,
Got talking to a very mystical lhasa apso in Regent's Park and he said
to me that this life sets the scene for our next one and it is important
to live this life as best we can by others.
He gave me this postcard to keep.  It has prayer flags on it to help us
live a good life.  I hope I am not a dog next time around.


Here are the pages we made in his travel book.

Pride of place goes to a photo of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhist faith, a branch of Buddhism practised in most Himalayan countries, and northern India. A lhasa apso dog similar to the one encountered by our hero, the flag of Tibet and native yaks decorate the pocket page.

The photograph on the postcard is one taken by our youngest daughter, Eleanor, when she was on nursing practice in Nepal earlier this year.  It is of the Golden Temple in Kathmandu and very typical of temples found in Tibet.  Sadly travel to Tibet is not encouraged due to the Chinese occupation of that land.

Thank you for stopping by and I do hope you will visit the remaining travellers on this year long journey.
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  1. Lovely postcard from the photograph. Healing maybe for Roland too. Wonderful picture of the Dalai Lama on your page.
    Jen x

  2. Sweet, help us live a good life. Lovely <3


  3. Hmmm....I wonder what Roland does want to come back as? He doesn't seem to have that bad a life from where I'm sitting :D XXX

  4. Gorgeous card and pages, I can't imagine RP being anything else other than the lovely dawg he is! M

  5. a great idea to use the photo as a postcard, lovely pages for the travel book to...

  6. Wonderful postcard and pages, Janet. Roland has really had some interesting travels. You've done a lot of research for these adventures.

  7. Have I told you lately how in love I am with Roland???? We were in Tibet a couple of years ago and the people sooo appreciated knowing that people outside of Tibet cared about them. We had to enter Tibet through Nepal (claiming we were going to China) and we had one of the best trips of our lives. THe people, the landscapes, the spiritual feeling was beyond wonderful. But there were Chinese police on every corner in the larger cities...their presence was daunting...and we did hear some horror stories in the monasteries about the destruction of buildings and people. It seems to be the mission of the CHinese government to obliterate the Buddhist religion and its followers. It's actually a punishable crime in TIbet to be found with a picture of the Dalai Lama!! Awful time...but they keep their traditions and spiritual values strong, standing up for them! Amazing people!! Sorry about the rant, Janet...but I feel so strongly about this!!
    Hope you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!!

  8. Oops...just realized that you don't celebrate Thanksgiving Janet. Well...sending happy vibes to you anyway!! :)

  9. Janet nice job on depicting the Tibet story-
    WOW what a lucky child to be able to help the people of Tibet in some way...


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