A second installment of Dharma Eye, an every-fortnight project from “a collective of Buddhist practitioning photographers putting their art in support of beneficial dharma causes.” Follow the link to see more photographs. – Buddhist Art News
from Buddhistdoor International
Dharma Eye: Crina Radu
In fall 2007, in the company of Venerable Tsoknyi Rinpoche and a group of his students, photographer Michael Ash made a pilgrimage across Tibet to Mount Kailash, the sacred mountain in Western Tibet revered by Tibetan Buddhists as the most auspicious pilgrimage place one can visit in one’s lifetime. During the course of this three-week journey, again and again he found himself inspired by a vision: to create a collective of Buddhist practitioner-photographers whose artwork could be used for the altruistic purpose of supporting the activities of different Dharma organizations around the world.
Over the next few years, the inspiration crystallized; Ash’s intent to build a platform where Buddhist photographers could come together was developed and, step by step, practically realized. In 2012, the Dharma Eye website was launched, with this primary intent integrated into its core: 25 per cent of all proceeds from the sale of images are donated directly to Dharma Eye’s rotating Featured Cause of the Month.
This year, Dharma Eye has grown substantially. Since receiving guidance and blessings from both Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche in Kathmandu, Nepal, at Losar (Tibetan New Year), Dharma Eye has added many new photographers to the core collective and completely redesigned the web platform that supports its activities. As the momentum behind the vision grew significantly, the dream became real.
Now Dharma Eye has available over 600 stunning images with content that includes Buddhist sacred sites; extensive images of HH the Dalai Lama at teachings and empowerments around the world; glimpses of the daily life and rituals of Tibetan Buddhist nuns; evocative documentary work from travels by the collective’s members; and a new gallery of portraits of some of the most dynamic teachers of today by photographer Olivier Adam, whose gentle and warm eye has attracted much attention from those who have become familiar with Dharma Eye’s work. In July, German photographer Victoria Knobloch joined the collective, complementing its collection with her elegant, soft, evocative black-and-white galleries. Continue reading