In the vastness of the Tibetan plateau, there were not only thousands of monasteries and temples but also a myriad of sacred mountains, lakes, rivers, boulders, and other elements of the natural environment that were either deemed to manifest sacred entities or charged with special blessings. The Tibetan people are singularly devout, and the tradition of pilgrimages goes back thousands of years, with pilgrims from across the farthest reaches of the Tibetan plateau wishing to go on yearlong pilgrimages at least once in their lives—often on foot, with some even prostrating themselves full length on the road for the entire journey. This calendar shares a glimpse of such sacred journeys in the lives of Tibetans.
The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) works to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the people of Tibet and helps build awareness about Tibet during this crucial period in the country’s history.
Founded in 1988, ICT is a nonprofit membership organization with offices in Washington, DC; Amsterdam; Berlin; and Brussels; and a partnership with the Australia Tibet Council. To find out more or become a member, please visit www.savetibet.org