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The Buddhist Diaspora in North India Photography Exhibit in san diego

The Buddhist Diaspora in North India
Photography Exhibit by dominik huber ( dominikphoto )
Opening reception 6:30pm, April 16, 2012
Institute for Peace & Justice, 2nd floor, near Room 219
April 2 – April 30
In honor of the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, to the University of San Diego, this special exhibition of photography gives articulation to the landscape of a people His Holiness has spent a lifetime serving. Collected from over two years of travels in north and north-east India, these select photographs offer a panoramic view of Buddhist pilgrims and architecture from Bihar and Sikkim. The images provide a visual entry into appreciating faith’s role in the shaping of space and community for Buddhists in the diaspora.

Known as the Buddhist “capital” of the world, Bodhgaya is an important destination for pilgrims who come from distant locations to visit the hallowed site of Gautama Buddha’s enlightenment and to worship at the sacred Mahabodhi temple (recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002). Look for the temple in two images here, and for Buddha’s footprint on stone.

The small and secluded geography of Sikkim makes logical its equation with mythical accounts of a Himalayan utopia known as shangri-la, paradise on earth. Today, it exemplifies India’s cultural diversity and religious tolerance by its graceful hybridization of Buddhism and Hinduism. Well over three hundred years ago, the famous Pemayangtse monastery (Sublime Lotus) in Pelling, featured here, was built for monks of Tibetan descent.

The photographer would like to thank and recognize those whose enthusiasm and generosity made this exhibition possible. These include: Chris Nayve (CSL) for believing in the project, Allen Wynar (Media Services) for help with printing and production, Mary Whelan and Andrea Cutlip (University Design) whose ingenuity and swiftness found a space for these pictures, and Carmen for her humor and professionalism during the installation itself.

Event sponsored jointly by the Offices of Community Service-Learning and the Vice Provost. Comments and enquiries can addressed to Dr. Atreyee Phukan (English) at phukana@sandiego.edu.

link to images: http://dominikphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/the-Buddhist-Diaspora-in-india/G0000nuNB7LB.zUg/

by Dominik at 2012-04-14 01:01:44 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

16 Apr 2012 00:04
Great work Dominik.

by Saransh Sehgal | 14 Apr 2012 23:04 | Vienna, Austria | | Report spam→
thanks

by Dominik | 15 Apr 2012 01:04 | san diego, United States | | Report spam→
Very nice Dominik – only thing I would mention is that having every photo showing the same caption “images of monks and pilgrims in Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya, Buddhist diaspora, Bihar, India” isn’t really that useful – some of those images surely weren’t taken at the Mahabodhi temple. Nevertheless, stunning photography from a favourite area of mine.

by Matthew Richards | 15 Apr 2012 08:04 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
Lovely Images. The Buddhist diaspora in India is larger than Tibetans who form a concentrated but small minority in terms of numbers.

by anil | 15 Apr 2012 11:04 | Manhattan, United States | | Report spam→
Nice work.

by Jack Kurtz | 15 Apr 2012 15:04 | Phoenix, Arizona, United States | | Report spam→
thanks everyone for taking your time to looking at them,
yes, Matthew it was the next thing I was going to do, (ad caption + meta,) thanks for the suggestion it should have been the first thing to do to images before uploading them.
Anil I visit one of there colony in Karnataka, south india but could not photograph (security reason).
thanks Jack

by Dominik | 15 Apr 2012 16:04 | san diego, United States | | Report spam→
It is very interesting that Daila lama… in india … he has his months long preaching this years 0013 in ladakh..

by Tashi Namgyal | 18 Aug 2013 12:08 | Calcutta , India | | Report spam→

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Participants

Dominik, Photographer-Fotografo Dominik
Photographer-Fotografo
San Diego , United States
Saransh Sehgal, Writer & Photographer Saransh Sehgal
Writer & Photographer
Vienna , Austria
Matthew Richards, Photojournalist Matthew Richards
Photojournalist
Mae Fah Luang , Thailand
anil, Retired anil
Retired
Manhattan , United States ( LGA )
Jack Kurtz, Photojournalist Jack Kurtz
Photojournalist
Yangon , Myanmar
En route to Sittwe (ETA: Nov 5 2014 ).
Tashi Namgyal, Media and Travel Fixer Tashi Namgyal
Media and Travel Fixer
(production)
Ladakh , India


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