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Statue of Emperor YongLe

Statue of Emperor YongLe

Pilgrimage to Beijing, June 2014

article and photos by Duncan McNaught, Boulder, CO
edited by Melanie Klein and Mariah Simonton

I recently made a pilgrimage to sites connected with the ancestral sovereign, Emperor YongLe. It was a success. This was mainly because like the other ancestor sovereign pilgrimages I’ve attempted, I completed it.

At times it wasn’t particularly pleasant; the air quality was challenging and the big city was sometimes quite lonely. I had to remind myself often why I was in such a place at such a time: because Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche told me it would be a good idea. I left China with a much stronger connection to YongLe and the legacy he left as one of the early rulers of the Ming Dynasty. For that I am very grateful. Continue…

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