Imagine a much revered 11th century Gompa (monastery).\nThe drive to Lamayuru takes us through unusual & complex Himalayan landscapes.\n\nLamayuru Gompa\n\nWe arrive tired and saturated with all the beautiful views. We have just begun our journey to the Dard Aryan village and we are a group of 4 \u2013 the driver, the wonderful husband and wife who will host me in their home and myself.\nThe Dard Aryans embraced Buddhism sometime in their past and today they follow no other religion.\u00a0 So for them the stop at the Lamayuru Gompa is a religious one. But I am here to look at the buildings and the art and to experience the atmosphere of worship.\nIt is hard walking up and down the stairs as I am always out of breath on staircases in Ladakh. So I go around slowly. My hosts finish their worship and as they walk down they strike up a conversation with a Lamaji. He invites them to sit down and chat in the sunny open compound. In the meanwhile I go around and try to capture the beauty of the 11th century creation in my memory of neuron pathways and gigabytes.\nWhen I find them again, they have already bonded and the Lamaji invites all of us to his room for a cup of tea. Gratefully we walk to his home \u2013 up a narrow flight of stairs and take our places around the room on the mattresses and carpets laid out on them.\nThe Lamaji takes out his stove and makes us a wonderful cup of tea with milk and sugar. He also makes additional cups of slated butter tea for them. They enjoy both while I a happy with my sweet tea and biscuits.\n\n\n\n\n\nIn what life did I earn the good Karma of receiving the service of a Lamaji? In what life did he owe me this debt that he is repaying today? Or is this an act of merit that he is earning? Is this the beginning of a new cycle or is it the settlement of an older one?\nWe will never know.\nBut I am grateful for his act of unreserved hospitality. And hope for the opportunity to pay it forward someday to another.\nLINK BACK TO KARAKORAM \u2013 DARD DIARIES\njm\nOct 2013\nThe post A Cup of Tea with the Lamaji of Lamayuru Monastery appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.