Photographer's Note

Monasteries have always been the pride of Tibet. Traditional monastic communities live in their individual ways and are widely respected. Before the Chinese occupation, there were more than 6000 monasteries in Tibet. Today there are only a couple of hundred. Every family was proud if one of their sons, usually the first-born, entered a monastery. Exact rules and a hierarchy exists in a monastic community, but a monk is always allowed to make his own decisions and to leave the monastery without any trouble or any further sanctions.

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