Dylan Levi King is a freelance writer and translator based in Tokyo. He has previously contributed to LARB's China Channel and Sixth Tone. His most recent project is a translation of Dong Xi's Record of Regret for University of Oklahoma Press.
Monks hang a huge thangka, a Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton or silk, on a mountainside in Labrang Monastery, Gansu Province. Thangkas usually depict a Buddhist deity, a scene from Buddhist texts, or a mandala.