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Geo histoire N°6

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Geo histoire N°6

 

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“The Truth of Your Own Nature” is a close-up of the huge statue of Maitreya Buddha which is in a temple inside Thiksey Monastery in front of the Himalayan hills of Ladakh.

This picture was published page 58 & 59 in GEO HISTOIRE N°6
Le bouddhisme : de la naissance de Siddharta à l’exil du Dalaï-Lama.
DECEMBRE 2012 – JANVIER 2013

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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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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.

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.

The Truth of Your Own Nature

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The Truth of Your Own Nature

 

“One method of meditation that many people find useful is to rest the mind lightly on an object. 
You can use an object of natural beauty that invokes a special feeling of inspiration for you, such as a flower or a crystal. 
But something that embodies the truth, such as an image of Buddha, or Christ, or particularly your master, is even more powerful.
Your master is your living link with the truth, and because of your personal connection to your master, just seeing his or her face connects you to the inspiration and truth of your own nature”.
(Sogyal Rinpoche, from Glimpse of the Day)

This is a close-up of the huge statue of Maitreya Buddha which is in a temple at Thiksey Monastery in front of the Himalayan hills of Ladakh.
Whether you believe in Buddhism or not, this representation of Lord Buddha can be inspiring and close to the words of Sogyal Rinpoche.

“Do not believe in anything”

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"Do not believe in anything"

 

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. 
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. 
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. 
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. 
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
(The Buddha – Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

This is a close-up of the statue of Maitreya Buddha at Thiksey Monastery in Ladakh.
When I took this picture I was alone in the temple facing that huge statue which fills the room completely.
It was at sunrise, from the windows I could see the Himalayan hills, even the cold wind couldn’t break the silence there.