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From: China Tibet Online 2011-05-27 10:34:00
by: Vincent Sun
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Ritual walkers - spirituality of Lhasa (I)

In the morning, a prayer walker tracks around in downtown Lhasa. [Photo/Tibet.cn]

In the morning, a prayer walker tracks around in downtown Lhasa. [Photo/Tibet.cn]

Every morning, ritual walkers can be seen at almost any corner of the city, tracking clockwise around monasteries with prayer beads and wheels in hands and chanting some Buddhist sutras in a lower voice.

A majority of them are elderlyTibetans, because, as a friend tells, local people are strongly attached to Tibetan Buddhism, and senior Tibetans who may have retired seem to have more time to devote themselves into the piety towards their belief.

Tibetan Buddhists believe that everybody has a next life. Taking ritual walks around certain architectures or places is one way of chanting Buddhist sutras to pray for the following round of living in the world.

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