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ancient rites. melbourne, australia by tim buckley | bodhiimages

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detail | tibetan buddhist sand mandala | gyuto tantric tradition | HH Dalai Lamas’ teachings | melboure convention centre | june 2011 | australia
© tim buckley | bodhi images

Canon 5D 24-105 f4L @ 105mm
f4 1/100 ISO50 handheld

….this is public sand mandala…that anyone can view, without intitiation into a tantric practice…the gyuto monks often travel and prepare the ground and surroundings, for HH Dalai Lamas’ visits and teachings…there is a group of monks that have been resident in australia for a few years now, they even did a gig at the afl grand final a few years back….

…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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  • Guyzimij
    Guyzimijover 3 years ago


  • thanks Guy…

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • Shiva77
    Shiva77over 3 years ago

    great work

  • thank you S77…

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaover 3 years ago

    I do not follow any religion but this work has always fascinated me…beautiful work

  • thanks lea,

    neither do I, this is part of Tibetan (and Himalayan) cultures, for many many centuries, before religion took hold of the masses,

    these mandalas are constructed grain by grain, sometimes taking weeks to complete. the sand comes (traditionally) from ground stones, collected from various places around the Himalayas, for their color and texture; then when it’s finished it all goes grain by grain into a moving waterway, back to the sea….

    thanks for checking out my work,

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • Neutro
    Neutroabout 3 years ago

    Very nice!!!! Superb work!!!

  • thanks Valérie, I hope you enjoyed the visit, and thanks for checking out my folio…

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaabout 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS … well done

    please visit here

  • thank you lea…

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • shadowlea
    shadowleaabout 3 years ago

    sorry here

  • machka
    machkaabout 3 years ago

    Great shot of this beautiful sand mandala. I’ve seen it done on TV and I was mesmerised by the monks concentration and precision.

  • thank you machka, being involved in the Tibetan world makes for some stunning image opportunities…

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandalmost 3 years ago

    Love the colour and richness in this image.

    One click of the banner will take you to the group. Your work is welcome here and please enjoy it.

  • cheers Derek, a subjective decision to use my work as a voice for the Tibetan people,
    their rich culture is always a joy to capture via the lens…

    – tim buckley | bodhiimages

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