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Wonderful Bhutan: Buddhist monks are central to all festivals and household rituals

For details of the special Bhutan photo tour I will be running with my friends Peter Eastway and David Oliver and Namgay of Illuminating Tours Bhutan Details here https://issuu.com/workingpro/docs/bhutan2018 or go to workshops on my website
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Gold fever - when I was on the Tibetan Plateau a little while ago it was the time when looking for Cordyceps fungus was possible. Schools closed and families took to the high country to find the incredibly valuable crop used in Chinese medicine. It is painstaking work crawling along trying to spot the small shoot emerging from the fungus which invades its grub host. The markets all had their small groups of earnest traders and sellers examining each worm and communicating prices in a secret hand language.

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Kolkata days...
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My last weekly market in the Orissa and Chhattisgar tribal areas features streams of school kids on bikes interspersed with streams of cattle (not on bikes).
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One of the great joys of travelling in India is the unexpected. Yesterday as we crossed from Orissa state to Chhattisgarh state the road was half blocked by Bhatra tribal people who were taking blessed water and rice seedlings to their fields. This is part of their Shitala ceremony and occurs towards the end of the ten days of Dussehra. Here Durga is seen as very much an aspect of the mother goddess so important to the tribes. Everyone one was dancing to the drummers and some of those carrying the blessed water and seedlings were deeply in trance. Series of 3
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30/09/2017
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I arrived last night in Kolkata and headed out first thing to Kumortuli where the preparation of a multitude of clay gods is in full force. I will miss the peak of Durga-Puja, because I will be heading south before then, but have a week or more to experience the build up in the city while also pursuing other small projects. These images today are the unpainted and undressed natural clay forms, some of which are wonderfully detailed. They will be finished in various ways in the coming days but I really like them like this.(3 images)
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13/09/2017
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Here is the first post to my blog on my own site.
Let me know what you think. There are two slideshows and lots of images so I hope it loads fast enough.
www.robertvankoesveld.com/blog/feedingkolkata
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Plateau Nights - walking home after eating momos on the Tibetan plateau on a cold rainy summer night
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Indian Sunshine

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Xining renewal - while this city is undergoing a massive building renewal, I was struck today by the renewed interest and energy in Buddhism. Gao Na 25 has been interested in matters spiritual since she was 10. Now a primary school teacher, she was visiting the temple complex and 'practicing' her own faith. Her parents were not religious, so like many here in China and elsewhere she is finding her own way. We gently coached her on circumambulating clockwise, something those new to Buddhism are often unaware of. Elsewhere in the complex the 1000 Buddhas were each getting new wallpaper and new robes, and skilled work was underway on a new wall painting of the sages. The sangha, the community of souls on the path, was being renewed in many ways.
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6/4/17
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