Dhagpo Kagyu Ling has been my home for almost two and a half years, arriving here in the end of 2012 on the advice of Shamar Rinpoche. A truly wonderful place, a public center that invites more than ten thousand guests a year for courses large and small, initiations and teachings from great masters and local teachers alike, and local community that has gathered around it, creating a true Sangha here in France. The center is run by Jigme Rinpoche, and upon his request I made my first trips as a photographer representing Dhagpo following the Kudung of Shamar Rinpoche, as well as documenting the daily and eventful calendar of events here in Dhagpo thought the year. Regardless of where I travel and how much time I am actually able to spend here, Dhagpo is, and always will be a place I call home.
Throughout the past two years we have released quite bit of work, including the entire 5 part video series Kudung, several other video projects and a regular variety of photography projects from Pujas and events to special art projects. The following are just a few of my favorites, for more information please check out the Dhagpo website: www.dhagpo.org
DHAGPO PHOTO WORK
After nearly three months of daily Tara practice here in Dhagpo Kagyu Ling, an amazing 100,000 Tara prayers have been offered as a group puja, as was requested by His Holiness Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje. This morning marks the final day, as the accumulations have now been made, we had the great joy and opportunity to finish this wonderful offering with Lama Jigmé Rinpoché practicing along with us.
Dhagpo Kagyu Ling’s final days of Nyoung Nye retreat. A beautiful shrine adorns the room, on which there is the most incredible statue of 1000 arm Chenrezig that I have ever seen.
Fire – A living, breathing, constantly and forever changing and moving mixture of light, dark, brilliance and shadow, smoke and flame. There is something intrinsic and vividly hypnotic about fire, as it comes from a single flame and is from the first instant never the same again, consuming all around it – a dance of details and colors that you have to truly peer closely to avoid missing, instant to instant different and moving. Offerings cast and thrown into the fire caught in mid flight, the instant before they merge into one, consumed by the flames, creating sparks that pop and singe the air. Smoke that is both dark and mysterious, beautiful and serene, billowing in all directions, swallowing up the sunlight casting shadows on the pavement.
Color and light – a contrast that is forever interesting and consuming for a photographer – especially for me as this balance and relationship is a quest I am constantly on, forever looking for detail and points of view that can be both engaging and interesting – while bringing the viewer inside, for these split second moments captured by the camera can hold a instant frozen in time, allowing us to peer deeply within, and to discover a myriad of colors and details not otherwise possible to capture by the naked eye.
Losar 2015 – The Raising of The Flags
Dhagpo Kagyu Ling’s final event of our 2015 Losar celebrations – complete with Fire Purification Puja, and the raising of the new prayer flags that adorn the hillside overlooking the institute – made especially wonderful with the presence of Lama Jigmé Rinpoché and Lama Pourtse-La, who always bring us all such joy and warmth with their smiles – we are so incredibly lucky to have them both with us on such a special day!
Dhagpo Kagyu Ling‘s final event of our 2015 Losar celebrations – complete with Fire Purification Puja, and the raising of the new prayer flags that adorn the hillside overlooking the institute – made especially wonderful with the presence of Lama Jigmé Rinpoché and Lama Pourtse-La, who always bring us all such joy and warmth with their smiles – we are so incredibly lucky to have them both with us on such a special day!