The Tibetan Heritage Fund has a wonderful Flash piece on how to build a small Tibetan temple. This may prove useful to you at the next family get-together.
It takes a minute to load (the Flash piece). You may think nothing is happening. But something is happening in the nothingness of it all. You'll have no notice when it finally loads so just keep clicking on "next" every 15 seconds or so-- maybe with each breath. When you see the red circles click on them. They’re drill down points. Also don’t miss the express tour using the “quick menu”.
And put your volume on low. At the end of your self guided tour, little tampers will walk across the roof singing.
Really honestly – wow. Who ever made this has so much love for these buildings.