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Radiance

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Radiance

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This is a portrait of Karma Topchen, a Tibetan monk staying at the Tibetan temple which is located in Sarnath where I like to come often.
It is nearby Varanasi (Benaras) next to a deer park (Sarnath in Sanskrit) and it is where the Buddha set in motion the Wheel of Dharma by delivering his first sermon to the group of five companions with whom he had previously sought enlightenment.
I was leaving the temple when he came on a bicycle, it was before sunset and the light was perfect enhancing the colour saffron of his garment.
His smile was a peaceful demonstration of happiness and serinity, I took several pictures which I have been mailing him.
He answered me that he liked them.
I believe that it is a blessing to be able to meet people carrying such a radiant energy as it is capable of being transmitted to those who accept to receive it…

“Om Mani Padme Hum”.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG_lNuNUVd4

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The Abode of Snow

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2009 by designldg

The Abode of Snow

 

“The good shine from afar Like the snowy Himalayas. The bad don’t appear Even when near, Like arrows shot into the night.” (Buddha – Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.) This is a view of the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayas very early in the morning. For those who know me it might be funny to know that I took this picture from the plane which was taking me from Delhi to Leh in Ladakh, as I have a strong flight phobia since I am a child… The word "Himalaya" means "home (or abode) of snow", it comes from Sanskrit hima "snow" and alaya "abode". Sanskrit himá "frost, snow" is also cognate to Latin hiems "winter" from PIE (Proto-Indo-European language) ghyem-. As words, the expression "Himalaya Range" is therefore similar to the Spanish-based mountain range called the Sierra Nevada. Everything is so connected…

The Wheel of Dharma

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The Wheel of Dharma

 

This is a close-up of a Tibetan prayer wheel made of metal and wood which is in Sheh palace, in Ladakh.
Here in the Himalayan hills, people believe that according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, spinning such a wheel will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the prayers.

The most commonly used mantra in prayer wheels is Om Mani Padme Hum.
This mantra is the resonant vibration that helps tune a human being toward enlightenment energies.

The earliest recorded prayer wheels was written by a Chinese pilgrim around 400 CE. in Ladakh.
The concept of the prayer wheel is a physical manifestation of the phrase “turning the wheel of Dharma,” which describes the way in which the Buddha taught.

The Real Magicians

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2009 by designldg

 

The Real Magicians

 

“We are the real magicians
For in actual fact nothing exists.
Pleasure and pain are created by attraction and aversion,
Grasping attractions magically creates things,
And if we analyze this thoroughly,
We can’t be certain that even we exist”.
(from My Crazy Tale, An Autobiographical Poem by H.H. the XIIth Gyalwang Drukpa)

Those Tibetan Buddhist monks were coming back from a ceremony that they had to perform in the hills.
I took this picture as they were entering the courtyard of Hemis Gompa, a monastery located in the Ladakh region of the Western Himalayas, at an altitude of 12,000 feet making it one of the highest settlements of the world.

The Valley of Stupas

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The Valley of Stupas

 

“You don’t need to visualize the Lama,
For he is inseparable from you;
You don’t need to remember anything,
For he is always in your heart.”
(from My Crazy Tale, An Autobiographical Poem by H.H. the XIIth Gyalwang Drukpa)

This valley of stupas is on the way to Stok palace, the current residence of the royal family of Ladakh.
This amazing Hiamalyan landscape is a poetry of nature following the Indus river through stony hills.

The Liberated Dimension

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The Liberated Dimension

 

“A HO!
The mind is the door to everything:
Free from the net of errant duality
The primordially liberated dimension –
To this, the ultimate Lama
I sincerely pay homage”. 
(from My Crazy Tale, An Autobiographical Poem by H.H. the XIIth Gyalwang Drukpa)

Around seven o’clock in the morning, just after a long sunrise I took this picture thinking that there was something there which was reminding me New Mexcio.
Maybe it was because of the contrasted colours, or because of this amazing crystal light in the sky or simply because of the style of Thiksey Gompa, a secluded Tibetan monastery in the Ladakhi Himalayan hills.

Teacher of the Snowy Realms

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2009 by designldg

Teacher of the Snowy Realms

 

“To the great teachers of the snowy realms
And emanations of former times,
To their play of knowledge and compassion,
Like the dancing reflection of the moon in water,
I pay homage”.
(from My Crazy Tale, An Autobiographical Poem by H.H. the XIIth Gyalwang Drukpa)

It was almost seven o’clock in the morning when I took this picture at Thiksey Gompa, a Tibetan monastery in the Ladakhi Himalayan hills.
This Buddhist monk was leaving a temple, a few meters further he met a group of kids and they went together to a classroom.