Note; All I write is the stories I’ve witnessed, talked about and interpreted in my way. The thoughts and habits that inspire me. There’s no actual truth, it’s just the way I see it. This is all open for TIBET (debat), as the Tibetans would say.

Tibetan culture is a “rich” one. Not financially but in their way of living and believing. The richness of Tibetan culture is world-renowned, as is the welcoming nature of the Tibetan people. But it can appear complex and mysterious with it’s monastic societies secretive tantric religion, troubled recent history and it’s nomadic heart.

Tibet differs 180 degrees from most Western countries. Tibet is suppressed by the Chinese government, and yet, it’s the strongest culture I’ve every witnessed. They might have none or little money, but they’re so rich and free in mind body and spirit, and in peace with their life.

I think in this culture there are so many lessons to learn. So much inspiring thoughts and traditions to take in.

Faces of
Lo Manthang


I think it was three years ago. I was cycling through my beloved Amsterdam. It was summertime and the sun was setting.
Normally this is my favourite part of the day, but today I was wondering. ‘Why is everybody going from point A to B. Only focussed on their “destination”, with the instinctive feeling of “having no time to waste”. Not even to stand still and look at the miracle, of colours the setting sun creates for us, reflected by the string of clouds. No time to stop when you pass someone familiar.’
I felt trapped like I was in this big spiderweb of invisible threads people spread along the city going from A to B. “What am I doing here? I should be in Tibet or Nepal somewhere on a mountain!”.

Well, here I am. Three years later.

And now I do understand that ‘calling’. Nepal ‘calls’ for people. People that listen.

Stand still and take the time to listen.


‘What is culture? What can we as Westerners, -with a lost culture, learn from the preserved cultures and authentic living people? How could we ensure that culture does not perish in the fast world, but learn from one another and merge?’

These are the questions that were most loudly running through my brain throughout this case study period.

I feel it happens naturally. I don’t have to be to much ‘aware’ and narrow in what I want to research, I do this intuitively. Because those are the things I’m intrigued with, inspired by and want to know all about. Well, all.., that’s a huge statement actually. With that I don’t really mean “all”. When I’m inspired by for example; ‘Tibetan culture’, I only dive in the aspects that attract me, as for example; ‘Tantric Kamasutric religion’. But even with that, I’m not diving in every single aspect there is to know about.
You follow? Well, that’s the Doli struggle. And that’s how I figured we should tell this story together. So, several people can choose and delve into the subject they’re attracted by. In this way, we all do what we love most and are able to learn from each others’ research without having to go into all the details ourselves.


“The ashamala is a string of 108 beads. The mantra is articulated loudly or mentally over each bead. Two akshamalas joined together serve as a way of counting the rounds made.

In the Buddhist tradition this is a special attribute of Avalokiteswar, who has an akshamala made of crystal beads. When it is turned ir means he is drawing the people out of cyclic existence and leading them to Nirvana.”

There are lot of beautiful artwork and statues to find of the Linga and Yoni. Together, they symbolize the merging of microcosmos and macrocosmos, the divine eternal process of creation and regeneration, and the union of feminine and masculine that recreates all of existence.

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