Light of the World
Light of the World
Light of the World, Leshan, China, 2013
Printed on 11 x 14 matte archival fine art paper.
Edition of 10.
I took this photo at the famous Buddhist shrine in Leshan, China, a place visited by Buddhist pilgrims from all over Asia. I watched as they climbed the stairs to see this massive carved Buddha and then lit candles, knelt and prayed to worship. My guide showed me what he felt was the best way to clasp your hands in prayer -- a complex intertwining of thumbs and fingers, the correct crook of the elbow. As I watched people begin their involved rituals, I was drawn to the candles. To their simplicity, really. It struck me that, ultimately, all spiritual connection should be as simple as that. As light. Light in the darkness. Our complex darkness vs the simple Light of Spirit. I feel that this image captures this, as, too, I hope does the text containing many interspiritual truths about light.
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