After four days in Lhasa we drove to Samye to research pilgrimage practices at the oldest monastery in Tibet. Samye is closely connected to Kailash because its layout mirrors a giant mandala. Like Kailash, the main temple of Samye represents Mount Meru, the legendary mountain at the center of the world. Buildings surrounding the center stand at the corners and cardinal points of the main temple; these buildings represent continents and other aspects of tantric Buddhist cosmology. We didn't realize that our visit would correspond with the Samye pilgrimage festival, or that we would find ourselves transfixed by the dances and music of the monks and pilgrims. I think it's fair to say that our time at Samye framed much of our later work; we learned first-hand that Tibetan pilgrimages, apart from being, serious sacred practices, can be journeys to joy and celebration. We learned to join the dance.