Monks boots outside a temple, Labrang Si Monastery, Xiahe, Gansu, China


Unencumbered, must I enter

Burdens weigh me down
Attachments distract me
Encumbrances hold me back

Light as a feather
Clear as crystal
Quiet as a desert night

So may I enter
Beyond temple doors
The shrine of non-being

The boots of Buddhist monks
Left before entering temple
Labrang Si Monastery
Tibetan Yellow Hat sect
Gansu Province, The People’s Republic of China

Taken during travels, 1998

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