“Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement - Painting Monk” • Comments (1) • Friday June 17th, 2005
 
CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensTameron SP 28-200mm f/2.8 @ 135mm
Shutter / Aperture1/160s / f/4.5
ISO100

The Dalai Lama happened to be present while were touring Bylakuppe. Monks were busy putting the finishing touches on the new temple and painting every other surface that needed paint.

I could tell that some of the monks were sick of the tourists and their cameras. I actually got a little bit of a sneer from this fellow. But you know, I don't blame him.

I think a lot of tourists view Tibetan Buddhism as a lot of smells and bells set in a fantasy world without really grasping what is going on at all. I cannot say I have the deepest of understandings of the religion but I could see how this could get on my nerves. I thought about this at the time, too, but this didn't stop me from taking the picture anyway. I guess that makes me a bad person...

...or maybe I am just following my path.

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