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To Conquer Oneself

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“To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others”.
(Siddhārtha Gautama, the Buddha)

This seated Buddha is sheltered in a room which is barely opened to visitors in Hemis Gompa which is a Tibetan monastery located in the Himalayan hills, on the opposite side of the Singge Tsangpo river (Indus) in Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir).
I was surprised by the beard and the turban which give a Muslim influence to the statue.
This unusual piece is surrounded by impressive painted walls of a high quality.
There was a natural light coming from the open door.

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The Real Magicians

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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.

A Journey of Time

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A Journey of Time

 

“Time never changes.
Even if the world keeps changing its external presentation, it is still samsara.
Beings are still trapped in the wheel of existence, dancing with greed, hatred and delusion.
The same mind travels from one body to the next. 
Sometimes we are animals, sometimes we are humans, and sometimes we are gods. 
Our karma leads us on our journey, sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet. 
Life is just a dream.
A hero is one who awakens from this dream.”

These words are the preface of “A Journey of Time”, the book of His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa.
(http://www.drukpa.org/)

This is a picture of a child whome I met in front of Hemis Gompa, a secluded Tibetan monastery in the Himalayan hills of Ladakh.
He was there alone, playing with a pebble and he didn’t pay much attention to my camera.
At that time only the cold wind was breaking the silence around us.
I took several pictures of him and I felt that he already had the maturity of a Tibetan monk, I could perceive an amazing peace flowing out of him, something that he might have carried since the begining of his “journey”…

Bestowing Blessings

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Bestowing Blessings

 

I met this lady at Hemis Gompa which is a secluded Tibetan monastery in the Himalayan hills of Ladakh. she came with her husband and their new born baby. We visited several temples and rooms together and we met again later in an old temple where some lamas and priests, in the presence of the oracle, where performing a ceremony. They asked blessings for their child, it was done with oil and water. According the Buddhist point of view, this first function is a way to celebrate a great occasion, a human rebirth who has the great potential to do something for others. They allowed me to take as many pictures I wanted and I even did several videos with my camera. I didn’t speak much to them but we shared many things with our eyes and many smiles that I might keep in a corner of my mind forever…

The Second Buddha

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The Second Buddha

 

This is a picture of the Padmasambhava statue shot in Hemis Monastery in the Himalayan hills of Ladakh.
The Lotus Born, is said to have transmitted Tantric Buddhism to Bhutan and Tibet in the 8th century where he is better known as Guru Rinpoche (“Precious Master”) or Lopon Rinpoche and where followers of the Nyingma school regard him as the second Buddha. 

He said: “My father is the intrinsic awareness, Samantabhadra. 
My mother is the ultimate sphere of reality, Samantrabhadri. 
I belong to the caste of non-duality of the sphere and awareness. 
My name is the Glorious Lotus Born. 
I am from the unborn sphere of all phenomena. 
I consume concepts of duality as my diet. 
I act in the way of the Buddhas of the three times.”

He is further considered an emanation of Buddha Amitabha and traditionally even venerated as “a second Buddha”.

“Connecting People”

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"Connecting People"

 

This was shot during a Tibetan ceremony in the courtyard of Hemis Gompa, a monastery in the Himalayanan hills of Ladakh.
This young monk kept on taking pictures with his phone and others were smilling at him, they didn’t seem to be disturbed so I felt comfortable to do the same.
There is no phone connection in such a high place and I was happy not to be 
connected to the rest of the world during my stay on the Tibetan Plateau.
However people can still shoot from their phone.
After the ceremony we both shared our pictures, I was remembering the motto used by the Finnish brand of his phone and I thought that they couldn’t have found a better one, indeed Nokia is “connecting people”…

“The Way is not the Sky”

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"The Way is not the Sky"

 

“The way is not in the sky. 
The way is in the heart”. 
(The Buddha – Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

This Tibetan monk was watching the Himalayan hills from the ramparts of Hemis Gompa (monastery) in Ladakh.
There was almost a complete silence around us, I could only feel the cold wind wrapping my body and soul, maybe it was the lungta, this mythical Tibetan creature from pre-Buddhist times that combines the speed of the wind and the strength of the horse to carry prayers from earth to the heavens…