After eleven years living, dancing, teaching tango, and writing in Buenos Aires, I came home to L.A. in 2014, where I'm reconstructing my life.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Tango Cheri in Bhutan!!

No, unfortunately I'm not on vacation in Tibet. But look what I found browsing the internet! It's amazing that there is a monastery in Bhutan named Tango, but even more amazing to me is the nearby Monastery Cheri!!

About 15 kms from Thimphu to the north are two famous monasteries, Cheri to the left of the river and Tango to the right. Dueling monasteries across the river. Wow!

And on most tours they are both visited on the same day, a total tangocheri experience!

Here's the excerpt from one itinerary:


After our breakfast, we will drive to Tango/Cheri. From the road point we have to walk almost 1 hour 30 minutes to reach Tango.
After lunch, meditate in pursuing ones own spiritual goal.
Dinner and overnight stay in the camp, Tango.

In the morning meditate and around 11 am we will walk back.
Lunch will be served as picnic near road point.
After lunch we will hike up to visit Cheri Monastery.

Is there something cosmic for me in this? Maybe I should meditate more.
Or maybe I should hie myself to the Cheri Monastery. Do you think they'd accept me?

I already know well the Temple of Tango; it's the milonga where I can always be found.
usually having a spiritual experience. That's why I named my memoir, The Church of Tango.


Elizabeth said...

Is this for real? Wow. I enjoy "Church of Tango", because that's what my husband used to call our Sunday class. (Now it's a Sunday tea time milonga where all the Seattle Argentines go."La Garua"
Cherie, your blog is so much fun, and it is informative, well written, varied. I read the interview with you about being an "expat"...I don't like that word either.

la nuit blanche said...

this is incredible! did they name it for the argentine tango, or is it just the way those monastaries are pronounced in tibetan?? i can't believe this exists! can you imagine dancing in those monasteries, up in the mountains? wow...

tangocherie said...

Elizabeth, thanks SO much for your enthusiastic post!

I'm glad you go to the Church of Tango too! (but it's not my only religion: I'm also Anglican.)

But wouldn't it be fun to go to the Tango/Cheri monasteries??

tangocherie said...

Hola Blanche,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

And now I've found a new tango blog! Congratulations on your interesting site.

As for how the monasteries got those names, I have no idea. Definitely centuries before Carlos Gardel was a gleam in his father's eye; means something different to them in their language, and so just a coincidence.

But I think it's Karma, don't you?