“Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement - The New Temple Zongkar Choede” • Comments (0) • Wednesday June 15th, 2005
CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensTameron SP 28-200mm f/2.8
Shutter / Aperture1/300s / f/10

This is a side shot of the Zongkar Choede temple at the Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement in the Indian State of Karnataka. To my eye it looks like the color palatte is straight out of Disneyland.

I have never seen more Westerners in one spot in all of India at any of the other tourists spots, exclusive of the Taj Mahal, than at this Tibetan settlement. This goes to show you that Westerners just love Tibetan Buddhism.

The funny thing is, about one month after returing to the United States some friends and I went to the Mall of America (about 10 minutes from my house) to perform some routine shopping. There we saw monks from this very same settlement creating a sand mandala in one of the rotunda. There was plenty of literature saying, "please donate alms to us for our children's settlement in Bylakuppe," and a large container to drop envelopes of cash into it.

I am sure that I did not nor understand the complete picture while I toured the settlement but relative to almost anywhere else I was in India, Bylakuppe's peoples looked to be well cared for and in a fine state. With all the huge new structures sporting fresh paint and gold leaf I am not sure if they needed any money from me. Sure was fun to visit though!