Religious Life of the Tibetan
This series of photos is about the religious life of the Tibetans from all over the Himalayas.
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The Tibetan Grasslands
In April 2007, I had an opportunity to visit remote Tibetan villages in the Tibetan grassland of the northern Chinese province of Gansu, one of the poorest provinces in China. I selected these portraits out of my Tibetan Grassland Series for the entry to represent what struck me most deeply about the area. I was amazed at the dignity and gentleness of the people there, and their incredible devotion to their faith. These people live very simply. Most of them herd yaks for a living. The people are very soft spoken and emitted such a sense of calmness and peace. It is rare to see any adults without their prayer beads. They are absolutely devoted to their family, to their faith and their search for inner peace. In a world that is so chaotic with wars, misunderstandings and the individual feelings of helplessness, it is refreshing to see this kind of calmness and peace in an area where people live so simply: striving for peace in one’s life, peace with yourself and peace with the environment through the devotion of faith. As we are touched by all the unrest in the world, in particular the war in the Middle East, I am sure the question in a lot of people’s minds is “when will there be peace again”. We had found our little bit of peace in this area where people lived very simply and devote a lot of time to what they believe are important – their family and their religion. Maybe the search for peace is to first find peace within yourself.
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