Tibet - with loving Eyes
Slide-Show by Matthieu Ricard
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Tibet from nearest distance: his knowledge of Tibetan culture as well as his life as a Buddhist monk opens many doors for the author and photographer Matthieu Ricard. With his book he invites us to a journey to the unknown Tibet, a journey into the heart of Buddhist spirituality, but also into the mountains of the Himalaya and the everyday life of the Tibetan people.
His pictures reflect the spirituality of the Tibetans in a touching way: open and warm-hearted aged hermit monks laugh into the camera, worshipers wait with humble expectation for the arrival of their spiritual master in the mountains thousands of nomads celebrate peacefully and jolly a big festival, characters of holy texts are cut with devotion into blocks of wood for printing in Derge.Be it in everyday life or immersed in religious contemplation the Tibetan people emanates dignity which can be found again in the majestic landscape of the Tibetan Plateau.
Matthieu Ricard, born in 1946, is the son of the French philosopher Jean-Francois Revel and the paintress Yahne Le Toumelin. After Matthieu Ricard finished his conferral of a doctorate on cell genetics at the distinguished Institute Pasteur in Paris he decided to become a monk in the Himalaya. Today he is the official interpreter of the 14th Dalai Lama in France. For Matthieu Ricard it is very important that all his income from his pictures and texts goes to benefit humanitarian projects (clinics, schools, orphanages, bridges etc.) in Tibet, Nepal and India.
- Date: Thursdy 26 July 2007, 8 p.m. (20:00)
- Location: University of Hamburg, Main Building, Edmund Siemers Allee 1, Room ESA B
- Admission: € 10,-- English with translation into German