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Several blasts in Bodhgaya

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This morning on 7 July, 2013, in a terror attack, 9 bombs exploded inside the Mahabodhi temple (“Great Awakening Temple”) complex (a UNESCO World heritage site) located in Bodh-Gaya in the Indian state of Bihar which is the Buddhism’s holiest shrine.
The first blast took place inside the temple at 5:30 am, followed by eight successive explosions in the next half hour, one near the Buddha statue, one near the Mahabodhi tree and others near the Teraga monastery, injuring 5 people.
One unexploded bomb was also traced and defused.
The main temple is intact and sanitised.

This holy site is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment.
The site of the Bodhi tree at Bodhigaya is, directly connected to the life of Buddha (566-486 BCE) and attained enlighment or perfect insight when he was meditating under this tree.
The Bodhi tree, which is to the west of the main temple is a direct continuation of original Bodhi tree under which Budha spent his first week after attaining enlighment.
According to the Jatakas, it forms the navel of the earth, and no other place can support the weight of the Buddha’s attainment.

The Intelligence Bureau of India may have alerted state officials of possible threats around 15 days prior to the bombing.
It happens “again” just before some elections in order to raise controversies and disputes which is exactly the opposite of Buddha’s teachings unless it is done in order to mark the Dalai Lama’s birthday who just turned 78 a few hours before those blasts…
Terrorism is not negotiable…Nothing justifies such things…What comes to the mind of those who do such things…???

This insanity is beyond words…I know this place which only inspires love, compassion and brotherhood…
(Last time I went there I took this picture at dawn before anyone came inside the complex)

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The World Of Our Own Nature

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The World Of Our Own Nature

“The world we live in is very negative.
However there is hope through the spiritual path to provide better conditions.
The conditions are the only things that we can create through our own effort and through the so-called blessings of the guru, dakinis, dakas, all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, the saints…or “nature”.
These are all basically the blessings of “nature”.
The world of our own nature is the most important to attain.
If we can work with this sort of spiritual blessing, spiritual force and spiritual practice, then there is not much difficulty in turning the world into something positive.”
(His Holiness Jigme Pema Wangchen, the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa)

This was shot in front of a statue of Maitreya Buddha in one of the temples at Thiksey Monastery in the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh which is in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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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.

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.

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

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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.

Dwelling Minds Forever

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Dwelling Minds Forever

 

While climbing to Sheh Palace I saw those stupas on my left facing the Himalayan hills of Ladakh.

The Tibetan word for Stupa is Chorten (མཆོད་རྟེན༏), which means “the basis of offering”.
A stupa is a mound-like structure containing Buddhist relics, once thought to be places of Buddhist worship, typically the remains of a Buddha or saint.
Fundamentally, a stupa is essentially made up of the following five constituent parts: a square base, a hemispherical dome, a conical spire, a crescent moon, a circular disc
Each component is rich in metaphoric content. 
For example, “the shape of the stupa represents the Buddha, crowned and sitting in meditation posture on a lion throne. 
The components of the stupa are also identified with the five elements – earth, water, fire, air, and space – held to constitute the fabric of manifest existence.

“When a great teacher passes away, his body is no more, but to indicate that his mind is dwelling forever in an unchanging way in the dharmakaya, one will erect a stupa as a symbol of the mind of the buddhas”
( HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)

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”…

Endowed with Attainments

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Endowed with Attainments,

 

The Seven Line Prayer to Padmasambhava is a famous prayer that is recited by many Tibetans daily and is said to contain the most sacred and important teachings of Dzogchen:

“HUNG – ORGYEN YUL GYI NUB JANG TSAM
In the north-west of the land of Orgyen,
PEMA GESAR DONGPO LA
In the pollen heart of a lotus flower,
YATSEN CHOK GI NGÖ DRUP NYÉ
Possesssing astonishing, supreme spiritual attainments
PEMA JUNG NÉ SHYÉ SU DRAK
You are renowned as the Lotus-born,
KHOR DU KHANDRO MANGPÖ KOR
Surrounded by a retinue of many dakinis.
KHYÉ KYI JÉ SU DAK DRUP KYI
Emulating you, I practice.
CHIN GYI LAP CHIR SHEK SU SOL
PLease come forth to bestow blessings. 
GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUM”

This was shot at the upper terrace of Thiksey Gompa which is facing the Himalayan hills of Ladakh.
It was early in the morning, just after sunset, this bird was trying to find some heat and came to enjoy the first rays of light.

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…