Meg Tobin is an American Mandarin Society Next Generation Scholar. She has a Master's degree in law and diplomacy from The Fletcher School. She previously researched public health as a Luce Scholar at National Taiwan University, has studied Mandarin in Beijing and Taipei, and has worked as a pastry chef in Boston and Providence.
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.