buddha walking. tabo village, northern india by tim buckley | bodhiimages

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his holiness dalai lama | on the way to morning teachings | tabo monastery | spiti valley | northern himachal pradesh | india
© tim buckley | bodhiimages

…i love this with the all the different heads and levels.
this was only the second time i’d photographed his holiness, officially – with a pass. so i just watched what other photographers were doing, their mannerisms, comfort levels and tenacity.
amongst the machine guns and police and army, quite a scary experience to step up and be brave. i had a 75-300mm lens (w/ a short lens at the ready) so i took a chance, and stepped out into the middle of nowhere to get this.
fortunately one of my dear brothers, who works for HH, was quite close, and i kept an eye on him for a warning. quite amazing standing out in the middle of a cleared area, and seeing the thought “how long can i stand here?” – thuje nang (thank you) ….

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

..his holiness was walking toward (me, and) these ladakhi women, part of the official welcome and ritual of requesting HH to come and teach in this sacred place…

…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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  • enno2009
    enno2009almost 5 years ago


  • thanks so much Enno, appreciated.

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • TatumWulff
    TatumWulffover 4 years ago

    Wonderful image of His Holiness, love the natural enthusiasm you’ve captured! ;o))

  • thanks Tatum. this was cropped as i love the ritual of the monk leading and abbot holding the umbrella over HH head. i was also standing right in front of where they were going, but back, and it was time to move. always challenging shooting around HH :-)

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

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