Archive du blog pour April 2013

Wise optimism

When hearing a door creak, the optimist thinks it’s opening and the pessimist thinks it’s closing. For an optimist, it makes no sense to lose hope. We can always do better, limit the damage, find an alternative solution, rebuild what has been destroyed, take the current situation as a starting point, and use every present… Read more »

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Why Photography?

For the last forty years, I have been taking photographs of my spiritual teachers and the world around them in the Himalayas. My main aspiration in doing so was to share the incredible beauty, strength and depth that I have been fortunate to witness. I have attempted to open a door into a world both… Read more »

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Where can I learn to meditate ?

There are many centers, Buddhist and non-Buddhist, throughout the world where meditation is taught. It is not up to me to recommend one organization rather than another. Nevertheless, I can testify to the authenticity of a teaching center in France with which I have a long-standing personal connection. Centre d’études de Chanteloube is a center… Read more »

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What photo equipment do you use?

For many years I used Nikon FM2 cameras, with fixed focus lenses, adjusting the settings manually. However, four years ago I started making use of the wonderful possibilities of high range digital cameras such as the Canon Ds Mark III, and the excellent zoom lenses of this same brand. Because the digital system is so… Read more »

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What does reality mean?

In Buddhism the word reality connotes the true nature of things, unmodified by mental constructs superimposed upon them. Fabricated concepts open up a gap between our perception and reality, and create a never-ending conflict with the world. ‟We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us,” wrote Rabindranath Tagore. We take for permanent… Read more »

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True patience

True patience isn’t a sign of weakness, but of courage. It certainly doesn’t mean to let everything happen passively. Patience gives you the capacity to act correctly without being blinded by hatred and a thirst for revenge, which deprive you of any capacity for judgment. As the Dalai Lama often says, true tolerance isn’t a… Read more »

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True beauty

True beauty conforms to mankind’s deep nature. Love and altruism are beautiful, while hatred and jealousy are ugly. Just look at the way the former beautifies a face, while the latter disfigures it.  True beauty is in harmony with wisdom and compassion. When we meet a remarkable, radiant human being, we intuitively know that we… Read more »

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Translating the Words of the Buddha

From March 16-20 in the beautiful Himalayan foothills of Himachal Pradesh, at the Deer Park in Bir, India, over fifty translators and scholars of Tibetan Buddhism gathered for 5 days of intense and constructive discussions, to which I was fortunate to participate. This wonderful conference was organized by the Khyentse Foundation. The group also included… Read more »

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The Third Pole

Chinese climatologists have called the Himalayan glaciers and other major mountains located in the Tibetan plateau the ‟third pole” of our ailing planet. Why? There are 40,000 large and small glaciers on the Tibetan plateau and this area is melting at a rate three to four times faster than the North and South Poles. The… Read more »

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The impact of the emotions

The easiest way to distinguish between our emotions is to examine their motivation (mental attitude and objective) and their results. If an emotion strengthens our inner peace and seeks the good of others, it is positive, or constructive; if it shatters our serenity, deeply disturbs our mind and is intended to harm others, it is… Read more »

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