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“Being Kind”

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“Be kind to all creatures; this is the true religion.”
(Siddhārtha Gautama, known as the Buddha – c. 563 BCE/480 BCE – c. 483 BCE/400 BCE)

This is a close-up of one of the statues of the Buddha inside the Tibetan temple in Sarnath which is located at 13 km away from Varanasi (Benaras).

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Many Ways to Worship

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“I’ve learned much from the land of many gods and many ways to worship. 
From Buddhism the power to begin to manage my mind, from Jainism the desire to make peace in all aspects of life, while Islam has taught me to desire goodness and to let go of that which cannot be controlled. 
I thank Judaism for teaching me the power of transcendence in rituals and the Sufis for affirming my ability to find answers within and reconnecting me with the power of music. 
Here’s to the Parsis for teaching me that nature must be touched lightly, and the Sikhs for the importance of spiritual strength….
And most of all, I thank Hinduism for showing me that there are millions of paths to the divine.” 
(From “Holy Cow” by Sarah Macdonald)

This is a close-up of a part of the Dhamek Stupa in Sarnath located at 13 km away from Varanasi (Benaras).
The Dhamek Stupa is said to mark the spot of a deer park (Rishipattana) where the Buddha gave the first sermon to his five disciples after attaining enlightenment, “revealing his Eightfold Path leading to nirvana”.
In its current shape, the stupa is an impressive cylinder of bricks and stone reaching a height of 43.6 meters and having a diameter of 28 meters (128 feet high and 93 feet in diameter).
The basement seems to have survived from Ashoka’s structure: the stone facing is chiseled and displays delicate floral carvings of Gupta origin. 
The wall is covered with exquisitely carved figures of humans and birds, as well as inscriptions in the Brāhmī script.
This picture was shot at the time of a visit of his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

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Towards Happiness

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Towards Happiness

” I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.

That is clear.
Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life.
So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness…”
(Dalai Lama – Head of the Dge-lugs-pa order of Tibetan Buddhists, 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, b.1935)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was teaching in Sarnath a few days ago.
While I was getting my pass I met this young man in front of the Tibetan Institute, it was sunset and a golden light framed his happiness.
I was teasing him when I asked where did he come from.
Him: I am Tibetan.
Me: You were born in Tibet ?
Him: No, in Dharamsala and I live there.
Me: So you are an Indian with Tibetan roots.
Him: Yes I am Indian.
And we both laughted…

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Practice of Compassion

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“Whenever anyone causes us some problems, we get upset and angry about that.
This is our normal human tendency.
If we are careful enough, we can stop the causes of the anger and therefore stop anger from arising.
One’s feeling of mental unhappiness is the primary cause for arising anger.
This is due to our self-centered ego or attitudes.
The anger can be diminished by the practice of compassion and by searching for the solution to rid ourselves of this anger.
Our main problem is that we consciously increase the intensity of anger by feeding it through means of constantly thinking of how such and such people hurt me, or unfair, etc.
Because we hold these things in our minds the anger increases and increases.”
“The State of Mind” (transcript of a teaching given August 29, 1997 by Geshe Dakpa Topgyal)

Two monks were sitting next to each other on the stairs of the Tibetan temple located in Sarnath where I usualy come on Sundays when I need calmness and tranquility.
They were reading and chanting mantras, it was such a peaceful moment that I could almost feel the sound of silence.
It was at sunset, I was leaving the temple.
I took a few shots trying not to disturb them, the only noise was the click of my camera.

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Come Along

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It’s funny how sometimes we can blend things which were not ment to be together.
For instance since a few days a song from Titiyo’s album “Come Along” is coming to my mind whenever I am thinking of some tibetan monks I know.
I wonder what are their thoughs, where they are…

“There is hope, anything can happen” says Lhadon Tethong in French newspaper LE MONDE,www.lemonde.fr/web/portfolio/0,12-0@2-3216,31-1025904,0.html (in French)

“…Come along now, come along with me
Come along now, come along and you’ll see
What it’s like to be free…”
www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/titiyo/come_along.html

I took this picture at the Tibetan temple in Sarnath near Varanasi (Benaras) – India.
“Free Tibet, Free China”.

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Free Tibet

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– FREE TIBET –
Tibetan monks are our shepherds, they pray for us, for our souls and we can’t let them down…

Chinese invaders will not leave this land because this part of Himalaya has many valuable resources.
An huge Highway is already reaching the hills destroying the ecological system.
Those recent “riots” are one more oppportunity for China to try to get an hold on the Tibetan culture and to get a profit from this country.

Unfortunately it is only an economic problem therefore if you want to support Free Tibet you can only boycot Chinese products.

www.freetibet.org
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I took this picture at the Tibetan temple in Sarnath near Varanasi (Benaras) – India.

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The 18th of March 2008 I decided to upload it to my Flickr pages with the same words and then I couldn’t expect that it would lead to an huge polemic.

Many comments of support to this cause were left under this image but also many comments from people who are in favor of the government of the People’s Republic of China.

Those were adding links to videos made of political propaganda.

I decided to answer to everyone with calm and restraint, however it was not always the same from my opponents, some even deleted their comments.

This image ended up in the press and then it became a political statement even if  I was not aware of it at that time.

This is a link to this image where I kept all the comments,

http://www.flickr.com/photos/designldg/2342196105/

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Deep thoughts

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“The oldest living city in the world”.
This monk is standing at the entrance of the tibetan temple in Sarnath.
He was reading mantras and sometimes he was looking at the few people who were walking in the gardens.
It was very hot that day and I think he was standing there in order to feel the wind which was blowing then just before the storm.
He saw me taking pictures of him and he didn’t mind striking several poses but this picture was shot before he realized what I was doing and I think it’s where he is looking the most natural when he was deep in thoughts.

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