Photographer's Note

This is a young monk of the Vajrayana branch of Mahayana Buddhism. This is a sub sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
He is from a beautiful temple in the hills above Katmandu, Pul Hardi Ghompa. This magnificent temple confuses the locals because it has hundreds of monks and a huge building, but it in never opened to the public. In fact, I was with the amazing Bhante Sanu, my student, who is a Nepalese Theravada monk. He has never failed to get us into any building however, private it may be.

He disappeared into the Vihara (the living quarters) and late returned with this monk. The doors were opened and we were allowed to examine the sumptuous and vast interior. In fact their privacy is because; they do not see themselves and running public services. The mediate and chant the sutras for hours in order to earn merit for the world. They see themselves as working for the peace and welfare of the world but in secret. This temple is very famous, and it is possible for people who are known to take part in the ceremonies. A very famous Hollywood film star was due to arrive the day I was there. This monk has a very typical Nepalese look. I notice that, despite his good looks, he has quite bad acne. I have noticed this lot on Tibetan monks. My friends joked that it was because they don’t wash too much, living in the cold mountain tops with little and very cold water. I don’t know if this is true.
This monk had a far away look in his eyes as I photographed him as he waited for us the finish out tour.

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