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“Matthieu's camera and his spiritual life are one, and from this spring these images, fleeting and eternal. Henri-Cartier Bresson. Matthieu Ricard was born in France in 1946. Since 1967, he lived in Himalayas to study Tibetan Buddhism and is the French interpreter of the Dalai Lama since 1989. He lives in Nepal at Shechen Monastery and devotes much of his time to the preservation of Tibetan cultural heritage. Matthieu Ricard has photographed the spiritual masters, landscapes, and people of the Himalayans over the last forty-five years and published several albums of photography including, in English, Journey to Enlightenment (Aperture, 1996), Buddhist Himalayas (Harry Abrams, 2002), Dancers Monks of Tibet (Shambhala, 2003), Tibet, an Inner Journey (Thames and Hudson, 2006), Motionless Journey (Thames and Hudson, 2007) and Bhutan, a Land of Peace (Thames and Hudson, 2008). His work have been exhibited in New York, Paris, Perpignan, Winthertur, Stockholm and Hong Kong and reviewed in the New York Times and other magazines throughout the world.  ... See more See less

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“I use photography as a source of hope, which restores confidence in human nature and revives our awe at the natural world around us.”

MATTHIEU RICARD

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In the mountainous valley of Bumthang, Bhutan, at the end of a ceremony that lasts nine days and nine nights without interruption, monks walk in procession to the river where they will scatter the powders of a mandala, an elaborate diagram drawn with colored sand. Dissolving the mandala in this way symbolizes the ephemeral nature of all phenomena. Bhutan, June 2006

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16 October 2009

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