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Aspiring To Altitude: A Door Opens

A door, shoes and light.

Picture taken in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Ladakh

9 responses

  1. This is quietly beautiful.

    April 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    • You are a man of many personae, Glynn!

      April 22, 2012 at 9:47 am

  2. This is quietly beautiful.

    April 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    • Quietude.. silence.. peace..

      These seem to be the essence of the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, Glynn

      April 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

  3. I find myself captivated by the color(s) of this one. But also the door, and the shoes, the floor, the mat, the scarves hanging on the doorknob, the light and the shadows. Dunno, I guess everything about this photo resonates with some place within me. I love it.

    April 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    • It’s interesting, Beth. Most of the monasteries, like this one, are imbued with a very powerful presence of peace and prayer. But a few feel “empty” or soulless.

      I don’t know what gives rise to the different characters. I’m sure it’s not just me, or my mood at the time of visiting. Robin, my travel-companion, experiences exactly the same response..

      April 22, 2012 at 9:54 am

      • that’s interesting that “soul” could be so viscerally (and visually) percepted.

        I find it rather amazing that I can look on my computer and get a sense of the mystery and wonder (and silence and peace) at the top of the world.

        You know, before he went to Asia, Merton was very suspicious of Tibetan Buddhism. He thought it was “… ferocity, ritualism, superstition, magic. No doubt many deep and mysterious things, but maybe it needs to disappear.” But after meeting many Tibetan lamas, and especially his meetings with the 33 -year-old Dalai Lama, he was much more interested and attracted.

        The bold, primary colors – the red, blue and yellow – impress me.

        April 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        • I knew of the positive impression he had of the Dalai Lama but not of his earlier wariness.

          My feeling is that “exiled” Tibetan Buddhism, at least in both Ladakh and Sikkim, has left behind some of its more superstitious accretions. Something I believe the Dali Lama has encouraged.

          April 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm

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