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Lama Oygen Chholing - Bhutan

Lama Oygen Chholing - Bhutan

Oygen Chholing is tucked away in a remote valley in the centre of the kingdom of Bhutan. There are no shops or street lights, just a series of isolated farms and tiny hamlets. The small village of Oygen Chholing with its delapidated palace and temple has maybe a dozen houses. It is simply marvellous and we all feel really privileged to be here, experiencing a taste of what it must be like to live off the land.

We are raising prayer flags and are invited to write on them before they are stuck into the ground around a bright white chorten (stupa or monument). But a prayer flag is something to be taken seriously and a visiting high lama agrees to bless the occasion with a formal ceremony.

Part of the ceremony involves smoke which wafts in and around the lama as he chants and rings his bells. I listen to his deep intonation as his silhouette appears and disappears behind swirls of smoke. It is simply surreal and the D800E I have borrowed from Nikon is doing overtime. I shoot around 50 frames.