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a smile. kungri, pin valley, northern india by tim buckley | bodhiimages

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a smile. kungri, pin valley, northern india by 

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet | urgyen sanag choeling monastery | kungri | pin valley | himachal pradesh | india 2004
© tim buckley | bodhiimages

part of a set of images from a 2 week pilgrimage shoot

His Holiness traveled to this remote Himalayan valley in 2004, to give teachings, empowerments, and consecrate the Urgyen Sanag Choeling Monastery in Kungri.
I very fortunately was given the opportunity and permission to photograph his visit over 10 days to 4 villages.
The Spiti / Lahaul and Pin Valleys are accessible only in the summer months, via the 4550m Kunzum Pass, in these incredible, high altitude, arid valleys the simplicity and humility of the tribal peoples is astounding and very refreshing…

…light plays with form,
in the matrix of mystery,
exploring the interplay,
as it happens – wherever I am…

that’s it – peace | love

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  • Th3rd World Order
    Th3rd World Orderover 5 years ago


  • thank you :-)

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • retepk
    retepkover 5 years ago


  • thanks peter, had a good spot and a tripod :-)

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • mum2milo
    mum2miloover 5 years ago
    great capture!! He is such an incredible soul.
  • thanks Sarah ♥…he certainly is, been around a few times….

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • melbourneguy75
    melbourneguy75over 5 years ago

    Fantastic :)

  • thanks David….

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • LeapingPig
    LeapingPigover 5 years ago

    very nice… great grab shot!:)

  • thanks LP, sitting with a tpod for few hours, this was one of the best….

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • jwinman
    jwinmanover 5 years ago

    the only way to describe him is beatific… whether or not you subscribe to his beliefs you have to admire both his conviction and his inner peace. A man with a great heart…

  • he doesn’t really have any beliefs, that’s the beauty of the buddhadharma, liberation from confusion, yes, a great heart who works tirelessly for his people and Tibetan culture…..

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • Erika .
    Erika .over 5 years ago

    wow this is a really impressive shot. Amazing work. :)

  • thanks so much erika….♥♥♥

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...over 5 years ago

    Magnificent portrait!!

  • thanks Ken…

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • Pip Gerard
    Pip Gerardover 5 years ago

    What a wonderful portrait of the Daiai!
    Would love to see this and any other of your featured works in the our group the feature fraternity

  • thanks Pip, sure, happy to, I’ll get to it as I can…bmailed you, too

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • Pip Gerard
    Pip Gerardover 5 years ago

    just realised I spelt his name wrong! – oops :D

  • he really just prefers Tenzin Gyatso, anyways…

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

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