Pilgirms

The Tibetan pilgrims come to Labrang from near and far. They seek to attain religious merit by performing koras, which are a major merit generator. The more potent the power place destination the greater the merit accumulated. A kora is performed by walking or repeatedly prostrating oneself. Full body prostration (e.g., versus walking), circumambulating repeatedly or an auspicious number of times all producing greater merit. Kora may be also be performed while spinning prayer wheels, chanting mantra, or counting rosary beads. Also, pilgrims most typically emulate the path of the sun and circumambulate in a clockwise direction. It is actually quite incredible to see a pilgrim, doing full body prostration on the side of the road on the high mountain pass (some 10km away from Labrang), during snowstorm. This is a true devotion.