Documentary Photography – Tibetan Buddhism In India

Thikse Monastery

This documentary photography was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by documentary photographer Tui Sigman.

 

From project “Monks In Exile” by Tui Sigman.

 

Click on any image to see Tui’s gallery of documentary and travel photography.

 

During the protracted Chinese invasion of Tibet, the Chinese military extensively destroyed and damaged approximately 6000 Buddhist monasteries.

At this volatile junction in 1959, the Dalai Lama was compelled to leave Tibet and flee to India. Thousands followed suit in the days to come and now India has become home to an estimated 120,000 refugees.

The Dalai Lama has peacefully built monasteries in India with the help of the refugees and the monks, thus beginning a process of healing the disillusioned spirits of the Tibetan people, who were forced to leave their homeland.

Today, there are over 100 monasteries all over India, with the majority in the Northern States of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir.

Several monasteries in Ladakh date back to the 13th and 14th century. Here the Tibetan monks are subsumed by their spiritual ways and practices, living like they did a century ago in a world that is ever-changing. Many monks begin their spiritual practices and studies, within this monastic discipline as very young novices, adorned with robes and an innocent playfulness.

Within these old walls, high up in the peace and quiet of the Himalayan ranges, one would hear the banging drums and sonorous chants vibrating, nurturing and preserving a way of life long forgotten by the rest of the world.

 

Images from Diskit Monastery, Jammu & Kashmir, India.

 

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

 

Click on any image to see Tui’s gallery of documentary and travel photography.

 

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

Diskit Monastery

 

Images from Namdroling Monastery, Karnataka, India.

 

Namdroling Monastery

Namdroling Monastery

Namdroling Monastery

Namdroling Monastery

Namdroling Monastery

Namdroling Monastery

Namdroling Monastery

Namdroling Monastery

 

Click on any image to see Tui’s gallery of documentary and travel photography.

 

Namdroling Monastery

Namdroling Monastery

Namdroling Monastery

Namdroling Monastery

Namdroling Monastery

Namdroling Monastery

 

Images from Thikse Monastery, Jammu & Kashmir, India.

 

Thikse Monastery

Thikse Monastery

Thikse Monastery

Thikse Monastery

Thikse Monastery

Thikse Monastery

Thikse Monastery

Thikse Monastery

 

See also:

Landscape of Ladakh

Streets of Leh

By Tui Sigman

 


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