Motionless Journey: From a Hermitage in the Himalayas

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A sublime photographic record of Ricard's yearlong retreat in the foothills of the Himalayas.

A photographer and Buddhist monk, Matthieu Ricard recently spent one year in retreat at the hermitage of Pema Osel near Kathmandu. Surrounded by spectacular scenery, nestled between lush valleys and the towering Himalayas, Ricard meditated daily, waiting for the light that illuminates the path to awakening.

Each day from his sublime viewpoint, he contemplated the different subtleties of light: at dawn, before dusk, and in the evening. At the rhythm of one image per week, he captured the magnificent landscapes that surrounded him. These photographs, taken from the hermitage's terrace and nearby, reflect the elation of bearing witness to nature's harmony. 80 color photographs.

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Matthieu Ricard has created numerous books, including Tibet: An Inner Journey. He has lived in the Himalayas for almost thirty years, and has been the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama since 1989.

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The hermit tradition is part of many spiritual practices, and Ricard, a Buddhist monk and a photographer, had the good fortune and grace to retreat for a year in a hut in the foothills of the Himalayas near Kathmandu. His “motionless journey” was an immersion in light. In silence he watched the sun, moon, stars, wind, and clouds transform the valley and mountains. His saturated, contemplative photographs are at once magnificent and subtle, the burnished stones, trees, birds, and mists reminiscent of classic Asian landscape art, the gradations of color like those of Rothko. Prayer flags and rainbows, golden beams and deep shadows, each radiant, meditative image is accompanied by a quote. From the Dalai Lama, “The question is not to know the meaning of life, but what meaning I can give to my life.” From Gandhi, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” To spend time with Ricard’s exquisite photographs of an exalted place is to dwell in wonder and gratitude. --Donna Seaman

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