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Longing for Lhasa

Potala Palace, a sacred site for Buddhist pilgrims, commands a hillside in Lhasa, Tibet. It is the former home of the Dalai Lama. (Cherilyn Parsons / For The Times)
Prayer wheels are for sale in Lhasa. Tibetan Buddhists spin the hand-held devices, which contain mantras (prayers). (Cherilyn Parsons / For The Times)
Tibetans in traditional garb and tennis shoes on the renowned Barkhor pathway in Lhasa. (Cherilyn Parsons / For The Times)
Large numbers of people young and old line up each evening to enter the Jokhang in Lhasa, Tibet’s holiest temple. (Cherilyn Parsons / For The Times)