Tibetan Monks in France by Abbas

FRANCE. Dordogne. Le Moustier village. Tibetan Buddhist master DZONGAR Khyentse Rinpoche of the Nyingmapa sect, teaches at the Tashi Palbar Ling temple of the Chanteloube association in La Sonnerie. A devotee pays her respect to the Rinpoche by butting his hand to her front. Photo by Abbas

Before the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, a few scholars and travellers knew the Tibetan brand of Vajrayana Buddhism only. One of the consequences of this invasion – ironic for the Chinese – was the diffusion of Tibetan Buddhism throughout the world, especially in the West. The Dalai Lama has become a world-renowned figure. Every summer Tibetan monks teach in France to an audience of devotees, some of who come from long distances.

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