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Published on Nov 11, 2009
Rare video footage shot at the Shoton Festival, Drepung Monastery, Lhasa, Tibet August 2005 as thousands of pilgrims and locals partake of the festivities . The ceremony is called 'Buddha basking in the sun'. For 200 years, Drepung Shoton, Potala Shoton and Norbulingka Shoton successively appear and co-exist in Lhasa, and Lhasa Shoton has become a grand gathering for local people, a continuation of Tibetan culture. At the beginning of the festival, Buddha painting (Thangka) unveiling ceremony in Drepung Monastery is the most remarkable. The 500-square-meter (598-square-yard) painting of Sakyamuni is gradually open on the hillside back of the monastery as the light in the very first morning strike on the large thangka at eight o'clock. 'Miles Away' by Phil Thornton Download at iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/east...
The music is composed, arranged and produced by Phil Thornton and Dave Roberts and is taken from Phil's album 'Eastern Moments'.