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The Year of the Water Snake

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“Appreciate and rejoice, without any expectation.
It doesn’t matter if people are unkind to you, it doesn’t matter if people betray you, it doesn’t matter if people don’t even say ‘thank you’ to you; by appreciating everything around you, from happy experiences to sad, your life will become meaningful, full of understanding, joy, strength and fearlessness.”
(Jigme Pema Wangchen, The Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, B.1963)

This is a view from Stok palace, the current residence of the royal family of Ladakh with an amazing Hiamalyan landscape which is a poetry of nature following the Indus river through stony hills.
This picture is an opportunity to wish everyone and especially my Tibetan and Ladakhi friends Tashi Delek, Happy Losar & Happy New Year on the occasion of the upcoming Female Water Snake Year 2140…

(Tashi means auspicious and Delek means fine or well and it could be translated by “Blessings and good luck” or “May all auspicious signs come to this environment”.
The phrase is also used in Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim.
Losar is the Tibetan word for “new year” which is the most important holiday in Tibet and Bhutan, it is a three-day festival that mixes sacred and secular practices (prayers, ceremonies, hanging prayer flags, sacred and folk dancing, partying).
It occurs near or on the same day as the Chinese New Year and the Mongolian New Year, but the traditions of Losar are unique to Tibet andpredates Buddhism or Indian and Chinese influences).

This year the Tibetan government in Exile has appealed to Tibetans to pray instead of party at Losar, in solidarity with Tibetans who have self-immolated. http://bit.ly/YPiCEE

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Geo histoire N°6

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Geo histoire N°6

 

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“The Truth of Your Own Nature” is a close-up of the huge statue of Maitreya Buddha which is in a temple inside Thiksey Monastery in front of the Himalayan hills of Ladakh.

This picture was published page 58 & 59 in GEO HISTOIRE N°6
Le bouddhisme : de la naissance de Siddharta à l’exil du Dalaï-Lama.
DECEMBRE 2012 – JANVIER 2013

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Shaped by the Light

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“There is no closed figure in nature.
Every shape participates with another.
No one thing is independent of another, and one thing rhymes with another, and light gives them shape.”
(Henri Cartier-Bresson – French photographe, 1908–2004)

This was shot as I was climbing the hillock leading to Shey Gompa (monastery) and Palace in a land of freezing winds among the rocks and peebles of the cold desert shaped by the light…

The palace, mostly in ruins now, was used as a summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh.
The Namgyals abandoned the place and fled to Stok on the opposite side of the Indus River when the Dogras of Jammu invaded Ladakh in 1842.

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LE POINT Références LES TEXTES FONDAMENTAUX SAGESSES DE L’INDE

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LE POINT
Références
LES TEXTES FONDAMENTAUX
SAGESSES DE L’INDE

MARS – AVRIL 2012
N° 38

Three pictures published page 6, 9 & 37

 

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Like Drops of Water

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“If you are filled with desire
Your sorrows swellLike the grass after the rain.
But if you subdue desire
Your sorrows shall fall from you
Like drops of water from a lotus flower.”
(Hindu Prince Siddhārtha Gautama – the Buddha, 563-483 B.C.)

Those marigolds were offering at the entrance of the Mahabodhi Temple which is the place of Gautama Buddha’s attainment of nirvana (Enlightenment), located in Bodh Gaya (बोधगया), in the Indian state of Bihar.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

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“Happiness is in the mind which is released from worldly bondage.
The happiness of sensual lust and the happiness of heavenly bliss are notequal to a sixteenth part of the happiness of craving’s end.”
(From the Udāna – a Buddhist scripture, part of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism)

I met those two Buddhist monks under the Bodhi Tree behind the Mahabodhi Temple which is the place of Gautama Buddha’s attainment of nirvana (Enlightenment), in Bodh Gaya (बोधगया), in the Indian state of Bihar.
They filled my soul with happiness and I’ll never forget those moments of bliss spent in this holy place…

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Peace and Serenity

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“And once we have the condition of peace and joy in us, we can afford to be in any situation.
Even in the situation of hell, we will be able to contribute our peace and serenity.
The most important thing is for each of us to have some freedom in our heart, some stability in our heart, some peace in our heart.
Only then will we be able to relieve the suffering around us.”
(Thich Nhat Hanh – Vietnamese Monk, Activist and Writer, b.1926)

This young monk was under the Bodhi Tree behind the Mahabodhi Temple which is the place of Gautama Buddha’s attainment of nirvana (Enlightenment), in Bodh Gaya (बोधगया), in the Indian state of Bihar.

– This picture is dedicated to those suffering from the Himalayan earthquake –

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