THE ROBES INTRIGUED ME

THE ROBES INTRIGUED ME

I happened upon this book recently and was mesmerised by the calm purity of the black and white portraits of the Tibetan monks of Sera Jey, Sera Mey, Drepung, Kague, Namdroling, Zongkar Choede, and Tashi Lhunpo monasteries. And I am always fascinated by drapery. It would seem photographer Sheila Rock is too. “The robes intrigued me,” she says in the introduction to the book, “Each piece of clothing seems to represent an aspect of the monks’ Buddhist beliefs. For example, two pleats of a monk’s skirt facing each other represent compassion and wisdom and the realisation of reality.”

Sera, the way of the tibetan monk by Sheila Rock, published by Columbia University Press, 2003

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