Abstract= We visit Dozong G then Yerikang G before going up the valley of Kyi chu towards the N-W. In Pödö we turn towards the N-E to reach the monastery of Reting where we spend the night.
Dozong. We visit the monastery of nuns before departing. It contains some relics of clothing having belonged to Padma Sambavat. After having lunched in our room, we take to the road. The track is really terrible and painful.
On the road, we pass a rather pretty house. While crossing Yerikang, we discover its monastery on the southern side of the road. The entry is located in a street perpendicular to the main road. In the courtyard, the Dukhang is on the right and on the left were three large white chortens. It was being rebuilt and the monks were singing sutras.
Before departure, at the bus station, our guide finds a rather pretty Tibetan girl and invites her to sit beside him. She manages to do in one hour and half what would have taken 8 hours with the local trucks and under poor conditions.
We arrive at the crossroads of 4 valleys at Pödö Dzong. The dzong in ruins overhangs the valley. We take a tributary on the right on route to the monastery of Reting. This was founded in 1056 by a scholar of Atisha who created the new Kadampa school. As Tsechokling gompa visited yesterday, it is one of four monasteries from where the Regents were chosen. It is located half way up the slope in a valley which broadens and faces S. A variety of spruce covers this side of the valley and is protected by a micro climate (they are much above the tree limit).
As Ganden Gompa it is facing S.
Near the southern big chorten a hundred pilgrims are installing white tents and will spend the night here. We find ourselves in a large bedroom, in the guesthouse located at the entry to the monastery. In the evening we have diner in the restaurant located in the middle of the bedrooms. A storm threatens, the temperature drops abruptly. The weather continues to worsen early in the night and melted snow falls. There is no chimney, no wood, no fire. Hence we just had to bear the temperature. We feared the snow, falling heavily through the night, would block us here. We had to miss Samteling G which was located higher in the valley.
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