Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash

Fig. 4.15 . This mountain is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Tibetans know it as Kang Rinpoche (The Precious Snow Mountain). It was formed by the collision of two former continents, now welded together in a seam known as the Himalayan mountain range. Buddhists consider it to be the palace Chakasamvara (Wheel of Supreme Bliss) and Hindus consider it to be the dwelling place of Shiva. There are also many nearby caves where famous hermits like Milarepa meditated for years. Pilgrims have been visiting and circumambulating Mount Kailash, in western Tibet, for thousands of years. (Courtesy of Matthieu Ricard, Shechen Monastery, Katmandu, Nepal.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University