Buddhist Heads

This group came through in the early evening. It was much larger than the ten or so heads captured in this photo. They were a mixed gender group but the shaved heads makes it difficult to determine which was which in this photo. Buddhist monks always completely shave their head and beard, showing their commitment to…

Cloister Walk Flowers

Unlike my previous visit to Mahabodhi, this time the cloister walk was decorated with flowers.Wherever I have visited Buddhist temples around the world, flowers have been used as offerings. These symbolic offerings are designed to give rise to contemplative gratitude and inspiration. I don’t quite understand the link between the offerings and the benefits to…

Bliss

Buddhism is a religion of peace. Actually, all the major religions are religions of peace. It’s the crazies in each belief system from whence the violence percolates. I captured this picture at Mahabodhi Temple. There was a definite feeling of serenity here, the place of Buddha’s enlightenment at the foot of the Bodhi Tree. People milled about marvelling…

Natural Frames

I moved outside the fence surrounding Mahabodhi Temple to watch people from a different angle. I caught this woman walking through a natural frame. I love the striking colors of her sari against the muted tones of the Mahabodhi fence. I also enjoy the figures in the fence which accent what would otherwise be an…

Meditating @ Mahabodhi

This person spent significant time meditating at the Bodhi tree. Meditation is something I can’t quite wrap my head around. I’ve tried to meditate, albeit half heartedly, and it’s essence escapes me. I lack clarity of understanding. For that reason, this photo has been modified using an Impressionism filter. It produces an image without sharp lines rendering…