Locations: Barkhor Square, Lhasa, Tibet, China (29° 39′ 11″ N, 91° 7′ 53″ E)
Date: 11 August 2007; 3.0pm
Camera: EOS 300D with kit lens
One of the characteristics of Tibetan Buddhism is their utmost devotion to things or beings considered holy. This could be either Buddha statues, pictures of the Dalai Lama, monasteries, lakes, mountains and so on. Part of the expressions of faithful devotion is the circumambulation around such items. Devotees or pilgrims would walk a step and then bow with all fours on the floor. If it is a mountain or lake, this would be a kora- circumambulating around the object, normally over a few days depending on the size of the mountain/lake. If it is a monastery or palace such as Potala Palace, it would be several circumambulations. If it is a statue or picture, then they would pray with all fours in front it. This is one of the most commonly seen acts in front of the Jokhang Monastery in Bakhor Square, Lhasa.