A monk meditates in prayer with
Tibetan Buddhist Jujube Wood Mala Prayer Beads.
A prayer ceremony is held in the Jokhang Temple ("House of the Lord") in Lhasa is the holiest site in Tibetan Buddhism. It draws thousands of prostrating Tibetan pilgrims, as well as curious foreign tourists every year.
The Jokhang Temple was founded in 647 by King Songtsen Gampo (r.617-49), the first ruler of a unified Tibet, and his two foreign wives who are credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet. The king's first wife, Princess Bhrikuti,the sister of the Nepalese king, while his second wife, Princess Wencheng was the niece or daughter of the Chinese emperor.