My Nepali Prince
He never failed to refresh me
in any situation
Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
filled with pilgrims coming from afar or within Lhasa
My personal photography website probably would never have been initiated was it not for the encouragement and enlightenment provided by my Buddhist Master Tianzhen.
He looks at the world with the eye of Buddha which personifies the encyclopedia of the wisdom, and he knows the answer to any questions you might ask. The following are some examples of Q&A on and far beyond photography.
I: “What is the key point to the composition of a photograph?”
Master Tianzhen: “If the road ahead was blocked, turn around to see the mountains.”
I then found that there could always be a turning back before every step I take ahead. Moving back and forth without the slightest hesitation; Standing here and there without attaching too much weight on any findings before my eyes, I could expect to figure out what’s the most important and the least automatically and to get the photos finally composed.
I: “How can I capture the decisive moment?”
Master Tianzhen: “Look, your hat blew off while the door blew open, but there was in fact, no wind blowing through at the time.”
I: “Did that mean everything was empty thus nothing could ever be captured?”
Unexpectedly, Master Tianzhen tapped me on the shoulder and said: ” Nice to meet you up at such a decisive moment.”
All of a sudden, Words fail me and the air is filled with the song of the birds. Never has nature seemed so harmonious nor the people more picturesque, and it is time for me to take a picture of spring no matter how scalding July has been.
I: “Is black and white more expressive than color with regard to the photography of the documentary? ”
Master Tianzhen: “Every existence is inherently whiter than white, why do you not show them your true color?”
His enlightened approach to teaching awakens the realization that I should not let my judgment be colored by any personal feelings if I aim to document life that same life which is not as complex as the mental images I have previously composed and that can neither be seen in black and white.
If happening to be a photographer is my great fortune, being a student of Master Tianzhen is bound to be the brightest part of my life. By practicing Buddhism with him, I understand that photographs are not merely the experience captured but be the window into the world both known and unknown. Also, the camera is also not to be used as the arm of the consciousness in its acquisitive mood, but as an eye contact with the universe. When it’s blowing, my own image reflected on the river goes away with a series of ripples, but I am standing still in the heart of the universe from beginning to the end.