Photographer's Note

This is the scene, one morning, under the Mahabodi Tree, the tree under which the Buddha meditated on the night of his enlightenment and a most sacred place to Buddhists. At this time a large Tibetan pilgrimage of the Black Hat Sect or Kargu Sect of is taking place. The ceremony is attended by His Holiness, the 17 Karmapa Lama, Trinley Thaye Dorje, who is the leader of this sect. Here a group of senior Lamas is awaiting the arrival of His Holiness.The linage of the Karmapa Lama is the oldest of the Tibetan lines and the position, is a present being contested by another claimant, so that a state of virtual schism exists in this sect. Because, in Tibetan Buddhism senior Lamas are chosen soon after birth and educated for their role, many senior positions can be held by very young people.

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Additional Photos by kevin o'sheehan (kevinos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 173 N: 1802] (7517)
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