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The Way to Happiness

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The Way to Happiness

 

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. 
If you want to be happy, practice compassion”. 
(The Dalai Lama)

“To love oneself is to love life. 
It is essential to understand that we make ourselves happy in making others happy”.
(Matthieu Ricard, Happiness / A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill)

This lady is a Buddhist nun, I met her as she was leaving an important ceremony in a Dharamsala in Leh, the capital of Ladakh.
She was among many other women and there was some much of happiness coming out from her expressions.
There is so much to learn from looking at people, words are not always necessarily.

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The Gift

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The Gift

This man is the keeper of the two-story high image of the seated Buddha, which is the biggest metal statue in Ladakh, that King Deldon Namgyal got constructed in 1655, in the memory of his father.
This place is the castle of the first king of Ladakh and of successive dharmarajas.

When I took this picture he was standing in front of the sacred copper-gilt statue.
We were alone, it was before sunset, an amazing light was coming from a little window, he gifted me with this smile.
A frozen wind was blowing from outside.
I was showing him the portraits on my camera but I am not sure that he could see well.
When I left the temple he followed me and locked the door.