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12 Sep 2019
Geshe La, Portrait of a Bon Buddhist Monk

Geshe YongDong, Portrait of a Tibetan Lama

Portrait of a Tibetan Lama, Geshe YongDong Geshe YongDong is the spiritual director and main teacher of Sherab Chamma Ling, a Tibetan Bon Buddhist Centre located in the Comox Valley. I took this portrait for CV Collective magazine.  There are 5 lineages in Tibetan Buddhism, Bon being one of them. Bon is the oldest of all the spiritual traditions in Tibet; Bon, a shamanic spiritual tradition, was the main spiritual tradition of Tibet before the arrival of Indian Buddhism in Tibet. […]

28 Mar 2013

The Holy of Holies— The Holy Tooth Relic Temple, Kandy, Sri Lanka

I shot this photo just after I had queued to catch a glimpse of the golden casket that allegedly holds one of the Buddha’s teeth. The monk is entering a chamber one floor below where the the tooth is located. As such, he must be a pretty important monk to get solitary access to such a special place. (Make sure you click on the image to get the full deal.) The Holy Tooth Relic Temple is the most important religious […]

22 Feb 2013

That Sure is One Big Buddha

This Buddha is located just around the corner from where I am staying. Unless you poke your head into places, you would never notice things, even ones this large. Oftentimes, the entrances are quite unremarkable but when you go in there is something spectacular such as this large Buddha. And there is the value of using local knowledge to find out where to go. Guide books are only so good, and really, all of them are quite limited in revealing […]

21 Feb 2013

Spinning the Dharma Wheel in Singapore

At a downtown Singapore Tibetan Buddhist Temple, a man spins a large prayer wheel with the aim of ridding bad karma. The temple is open 24 hours a day and you can often hear people chanting in the main hall. In the span of a short walk, Singapore is a wild mix of shops, restaurants, temples, mosques, churches, old buildings and modern high rises. It’s a really wild juxtaposition that borders on surreal. If you find yourself in Asia, it’s […]

19 Sep 2012

Geshe YongDong, Founder and Resident Lama, Sherab Chamma Ling — Vancouver Island Photographer

A portrait of a spiritual man. GesheLa is the Resident Lama of our local Tibetan Bön Buddhist Centre, Sherab Chamma Ling, located in downtown Courtenay. A very compassionate man, he has a profound knowledge of Buddhism. GesheLa has a great sense of humor. He also likes chocolate. You can learn more about his fascinating life, including his escape from Tibet, and about the workings of the center here. This photo captures him as I know him … his serious look […]