The life of a Buddhist monk is filled with study, meditation, and… Instagram?
His account, first spotted by the blog Redbubble, depicts the beauty and peace of his daily life. Instagram itself appears to be the only outlet that’s been able to get in contact with the hard-to-track-down Wangchuk. They interviewed him for their blog.
Wangchuk’s account features shots of the Tibetan countryside, wildlife, his fellow monks, and places of worship. He even posts the occasional video.
Here are some of his most spectacular Instagrams. Sit back, relax, and enjoy one of the most charming accounts on Instagram.
'Mankind shares and lives on planet Earth as one family with each continent having its own different nationalities, religions, faith, customs, unique culture and languages,' Wangchuk told the Instagram blog.
'But aside from such differences, we all have the same common desire for happiness,' he continued. 'That's why Instagram, as a window to this global family, is a joy.'
The temple ceremonies of Tibetan monks can often be noisy, with a myriad of instruments, voices, and bright colours blending together.
The 66-year old monk produced 'gamma waves never before reported in neuroscience,' according to the Smithsonian Magazine. Gamma waves are associated with consciousness, attention, learning, and memory, the magazine reports.
At the age of 2, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was identified as the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama, according to the biography on his website.
Within the beliefs and practices of Tibetan Buddhism, one can find relics of an ancient Tibetan religion called Bon.
Photographer Kaushal Parikh told NPR that the Tibetan monks he's observed 'are content with what they have and they derive their happiness through prayer and serving others.'
China has systematically restricted immigration and domestic travel opportunities, according to the Human Rights Watch.
Chinese officials began tightening their control of Tibet in preparation for the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing.
Chinese authorities are now training police inside of Tibetan monasteries, and the Dalai Lama's teachings are officials considered 'incitements to hatred,' according to the Daily Beast.
Wangchuk's Instagram is allows his followers to better understand and appreciate the life of a Tibetan monk.
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