Buddha Tooth Relic Temple Gate Guardian

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple has taken on a festive hue for Chinese New Year, enhanced by darkness as I realized when I walked past it last night. Suddenly the temple guardian at the Mountain Gate was more fierce and real than ever before, protecting the entrance with a bold stance and a menacing, shadowed face. He glared at me, slowed me in my tracks, with right hand open in a pose that said, “STOP! Take my picture! It’s Chinese New Year!” So I did.


  1. Hey kell, if that temple guardian could have appreciated how pretty you are he’d have had you sitting on his lap! Happy New Year!

    Your last day in Bhutan was so beautifully written, exposing the soft vulnerable spot that lies inside your heart. Me thinks you must have traversed these ancient paths long before this. Namaste p

    Sent from my iPad


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