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Making clay tablets and she whas funny, Tibet | by reurinkjan
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Making clay tablets and she whas funny, Tibet

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Actually tsatsas are votive tablets in Tibetan Buddhism, usually clay impressions made with a metal mould containing hollowed, reversed image of a deity, a stupa or other sacred symbols.

They are baked from clay mixed with the ashes of holy persons (lamas).

These tablets were made by monks, given to pilgrims, or placed inside stupas, prayer wheel niches, holy caves and monastery altars, or beside holy mountains, holy lakes and other holy sites.

Tsa tsas have been made by Tibetan Buddhists for hundreds of years as part of their meditation practice.

The making, offering, and sponsoring of tsa tsas is a powerful means of dispelling obstacles to one's practice and well-being.

Tsatsa, with its origin in Sanskrit, is a typical Tibetan Buddhist art form.

Small tsatsas can also be put inside a portable amulet shrine (called Gau in Tibetan) and taken as amulets by those traveling.


Nyingmapa Yazer Gonpa, is an active hermitage affiliated to Dzogchen monastery, known as Yazer Gon. A Nyingma school. Here you find the best woodcarving on a Tibetan monastery in Tibet (still under construction at present day). The pillars are some one meter across. Its worth a visit. Just a half hour walk or a little more from Manigango on the other site of the river Tro chu (Cho chu) uphill.


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Taken on September 3, 2010