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I met this friendly little Tibetan Monk at the Sera Monastery during my short trip. He was in the middle of a courtyard full of monks who were engaged in the famous Monk Debates, which are a sort of verbal sparring match used as a method for teaching monks about Buddhism. The basic premise is that one monk asks a questions and the other has a limited amount of time to answer. It gets exciting though because the monk asking the questions makes martial art-like gestures while the monk sitting on the floor tries to retort before he gets a figurative karate chop to the head. The questions are all relating to the teachings of Buddha and are meant to test their knowledge. It was fun to watch these, otherwise peaceful dudes, let out some steam with all their crazy gestures and yelling about.
Why the heck did I process this photo so that the little monk is shrouded in darkness? Well, just look at the relentless peace and optimism emanating from his face, despite of everything going on out there. It just seemed appropriate that he would give off light in the darkness.
Impending Tibet Exhibit
Some of my photos from Tibet will be part of an exhibit in Oakland, hosted by ArtX Gallery. If you are in town on March 29, come out and check out the pseudo-hippie-political-propaganda … yeah!
Dufwin Building, 519 17th Street, Oakland
Friday, March 29, 2013
6:00 – 9:00pm
The art will be on display at the Dufwin Building until April 30. So if you miss the reception please feel free to stop by the building during the weekdays around 8am to 5pm and view them.