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The Potala Palace1, by David Kuei-Yu Hsu, 2001

In 2001, my father's younger brother, David Hsu, took a trip to Tibet with his wife and daughters (my cousins Ruby and Connie) and his son-in-law Ed Swanson, an archaeologist.

This summer (starting 07 Aug 2004), he followed this trip up, taking a tour of Shangri-La with his wife.

Edit, 07:25 CDT Thu 07 Oct 2004:
The photos are here.
Thanks to phawkwood and masteralida for pointing the way towards JAlbum.

1 More about the Potala Palace, from China.org.cn:
Lhasa means “sacred land” in Tibetan, and Potala Palace, the architectural wonder in the center of Lhasa, is the symbol of that sacred land. When the thirty-third King of Tibet, Soongtsan Gampo, was married in 641 to Princess Wen Cheng of the Tang Dynasty, he had 999 houses built on Hongshan Hill for his bride, as well as the red building at the top of the hill. The Buddhists later named it Potala Palace, meaning the sacred land of Buddhism.

Ravaged by lightning, fire, and war, the original palace was severely damaged. In the restored palace we see today, the white buildings on either side, called the White Palace, were built three hundred years ago by the fifth Dalai Lama as living quarters. The central building, called the Red Palace, was built by the disciple of the fifth Dalai Lama and contains mourning halls and libraries.


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Banazir

Comments

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sze
Oct. 7th, 2004 07:38 am (UTC)
thanks for the wonderful photos! i've always wanted to visit tibet.
banazir
Oct. 7th, 2004 08:11 am (UTC)
Visiting Tibet
You're most welcome! Me, too.

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Banazir
vajrahridaya
Oct. 7th, 2004 09:09 am (UTC)
thanks for the link to the photos. i really enjoyed looking at those :)
banazir
Oct. 7th, 2004 09:19 am (UTC)
You're welcome - thought you'd like them
thanks for the link to the photos.
i really enjoyed looking at those :)

Any time, and I figured you would. :)
Have you ever been to Lhasa?

Also, I thought you might like to see these vajra from the Potala Palace. (What does "hridaya" mean?)

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Banazir
vajrahridaya
Oct. 8th, 2004 09:16 am (UTC)
Re: You're welcome - thought you'd like them
nope. i've only been to kazakhstan in asia. i yearned then to go over to tibet.

thanks again, another very nice set of photos :)
i saw the "vajra" there -- that is a purbha (sp?), a ritual knife.

used to have this on my user info page:

hridaya:
the heart (or region of the heart as the seat of feelings and sensations; soul , mind; the heart or center or core or essence or best or dearest or most secret part of anything; true or divine knowledge

banazir
Oct. 8th, 2004 11:00 am (UTC)
Anima: The Grand Purbha
nope. i've only been to kazakhstan in asia. i yearned then to go over to tibet.
Wow, neat - where in Kazakhstan?

thanks again, another very nice set of photos :)
i saw the "vajra" there -- that is a purbha (sp?), a ritual knife.

You're welcome, and thanks for the tip.
What is a typical vajra?
(I would very much to collect ceremonial knives, BTW.)

hridaya: the heart (or region of the heart as the seat of feelings and sensations; soul , mind; the heart or center or core or essence or best or dearest or most secret part of anything; true or divine knowledge
Thanks!

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Banazir
rasakavya
Oct. 8th, 2004 11:11 am (UTC)
Re: Anima: The Grand Purbha
Welcome :)

"Wow, neat - where in Kazakhstan?"
the main city, almaty, and some small towns in the north

"You're welcome, and thanks for the tip. What is a typical vajra?
(I would very much to collect ceremonial knives, BTW.)"

a vajra and bell photo is here along with some of ritual knives, the symbolism explained:
http://buddhism.kalachakranet.org/tantra_symbols.html
some more vajra photos from various asian countries are here:
http://www.sundial.thai-isan-lao.com/sundial_vajra_literature2.html
banazir
Oct. 8th, 2004 11:16 am (UTC)
Alma-Ata
Have you read the reference to Alma-Ata in Julian May's Intervention?
(And yes, I am a julianmayfans, a total shill, and I hock May and Simmons' hyperion_cantos every chance I get. :-D)

Thanks in turn for the pics!

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Banazir
rasakavya
Oct. 8th, 2004 11:48 am (UTC)
Re: Alma-Ata
Welcome :)

Nope, haven't read Intervention. "Alma-Ata" -- that would date the future history!

I did read May's Exiles saga, gosh, was it back in the 80s!

I started the first in Simmons' hyperion series and must get back to that some time.

Which would you recommend first: the Hyperion or the Galactic Milieu series. Tough question?
banazir
Oct. 8th, 2004 01:50 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh! Julian May vs. Dan Simmons
Nope, haven't read Intervention. "Alma-Ata" -- that would date the future history!
Indeed. There were a couple of bombs that obliterated Tel-Aviv and Dimona c. 1999, IIRC.

I did read May's Exiles saga, gosh, was it back in the 80s!
Yes - I didn't read it until 1993-1994. Good stuff.

I started the first in Simmons' hyperion series and must get back to that some time.
Oh, yes. Simmons was Matrix when Matrix wasn'twas only moderately cool.
Come join me in hyperion_cantos when you do!

Which would you recommend first: the Hyperion or the Galactic Milieu series. Tough question?
Yes, but that is my favorite SF reading question in the whole, wide world! I recommend the Milieu first, if only because it makes the Cantos more evocative.

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Banazir
rasakavya
Oct. 8th, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Ohhhh! Julian May vs. Dan Simmons
thank you much for the recommendation. i'll follow your advice and for the invite. when i finish i'll do that :)
banazir
Oct. 8th, 2004 10:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Ohhhh! Julian May vs. Dan Simmons
thank you much for the recommendation.
You're most welcome!

i'll follow your advice and for the invite. when i finish i'll do that :)
Great!
I look forward to your ruminations.
Spread the word, please.

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Banazir
vajrahridaya
Oct. 19th, 2004 01:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Ohhhh! Julian May vs. Dan Simmons
so many lj conversations weaving around... fascinating, fascinating that.

i see a reply is appropriate here and so:

same here and ok! :)
narvi
Oct. 7th, 2004 09:24 am (UTC)
Ah, I love those palace red doors!
banazir
Oct. 7th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC)
Seven Years in Tibet (well, not quite)
Ah, I love those palace red doors!
Me, too!
My favorite is a toss-up among that, the banners on the roof of Jokhang Monastery, and these black-and-white candids of the locals by my cousin Ruby, who's a pretty good photographer.
(Wot the trask is a "stupa" anyway?)

For photojournalistic impact, I guess I should give the nod to the picture of Chairman Mao Zedong of the People's Republic of China (中华人民共和国, Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó). Well, you had Brad PittHeinrich Harrer and his erstwhile Führer... I guess that's about par for the course.

A runner up:
The Two Towers
(Sic transit gloria Shangri-La, I suppose.)

If you liked these, stick around for the next batch:
Bana's Uncle in Middle-earth!

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Banazir
deire
Oct. 7th, 2004 09:33 am (UTC)
Beautiful pictures.
banazir
Oct. 7th, 2004 09:41 am (UTC)
Thanks - more coming.

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Banazir
nobuddy69
Oct. 7th, 2004 10:50 am (UTC)
Snow-capped peaks is now my gnu wallpaper. It looks jsut like Morwen's terragen pictures, which I normally use :-)
banazir
Oct. 7th, 2004 11:58 pm (UTC)
Terragen, eh? ;)
Snow-capped peaks is now my gnu wallpaper.
Very cool!

It looks jsut like Morwen's terragen pictures, which I normally use :-)
Hehehe... just you wait...!
hempknight? Maestro! A little stargazing museic!

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Banazir
cretaceousrick
Oct. 7th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC)
Spellbinding pictures! Places like that have a way of carrying me off and rescuing me from the computers I too often find myself viewing them on.

Thanks for the dose of wonder.
banazir
Oct. 8th, 2004 12:53 am (UTC)
Doses of wonder
Spellbinding pictures! Places like that have a way of carrying me off and rescuing me from the computers I too often find myself viewing them on.
Oh, I know what you mean. I used to grow zucchini. Not only was the hand-toting of water a useful mental diversion, I got fresh air and the result was yummy in salads, stir-fry, and breads.

The late Seymour Cray had a tunnel that he added to year after year.

Thanks for the dose of wonder.
You're welcome!
Stay tuned for more, from the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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Banazir
cretaceousrick
Oct. 9th, 2004 10:37 am (UTC)
Doses of thorazine
I have to warn you, alas, that my father not only has a livejournal now (trailstoyou), he's also stalking everyone on my friends list. He mentions you in particular in this entry. Apparently you have joined the legions of his conspirators. I'm terribly sorry, and I'm hoping to have some kind of action rolling against him soon. But it's my duty to let you know.
banazir
Oct. 10th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Doses of thorazine
That's all right, Rick. Thanks for letting me know.

He seems to have issues, if he's ranting about strangers who know his son. To be honest, I'm more concerned for you. What kind of action, if I may ask? (Please e-mail me privately on GMail if you like. As the Bonnie Raitt song goes... ;-))

In any case, no worries.
(I should mention, though, that banazir is actually a prof at K-State, not KU.)

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Banazir
cretaceousrick
Oct. 10th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Doses of thorazine
Issues is an understatement. Apparently he believes I'm now a figure in whatever world government he conceives runs everything, and that I use my journal to "drum up support for complaints" about him. As if anyone on my friends list would know him if they saw him, but oh well.

If he continues to make vague threats, I'm going to report him to LJ Abuse, but as far as pursuing legal action against him, I've already learned how untenable that is over the phone, so there's not much I can do. My father makes a science out of slipping through cracks in the system, bless his paranoid heart.

And as far as the difference between KU and K-State is concerned, he makes his own reality, thank you very much, and he will not tolerate anyone telling him mundane facts like this.

Thanks for your support. You are a prince among men, a giant among savants. :-)
banazir
Oct. 10th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Doses of thorazine
Issues is an understatement. Apparently he believes I'm now a figure in whatever world government he conceives runs everything, and that I use my journal to "drum up support for complaints" about him. As if anyone on my friends list would know him if they saw him, but oh well.
Oh, my. Is that what "okc conspiracy?" in his interests list means?
(Oops, and now I'm looking... psst, let's move this over to the Other Place, where, well, you know.)

If he continues to make vague threats, I'm going to report him to LJ Abuse, but as far as pursuing legal action against him, I've already learned how untenable that is over the phone, so there's not much I can do. My father makes a science out of slipping through cracks in the system, bless his paranoid heart.
:nod: Been there, done that (yes, with a RL stalker; at least it was brief).
I just feel sorry for you.

And as far as the difference between KU and K-State is concerned, he makes his own reality, thank you very much, and he will not tolerate anyone telling him mundane facts like this.
Well, it takes a lot of reality making to turn K-State into KU. ;-)

Thanks for your support.
De nada.

You are a prince among men, a giant among savants. :-)
::blush::
(Giant? Well, I guess 5'10.5" qualifies for a hobbit.)

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Banazir
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