Motionless Journey : From a Hermitage in the Himalayas Hardback
Matthieu Ricard, a photographer and Buddhist monk, recently spent one year in retreat at the Pema Osel Hermitage (the place of the lotus of light) near Kathmandu.
Surrounded by spectacular scenery, nestled between lush valleys and the towering Himalayas, Matthieu 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 morning, before dusk and at evening.
At the rhythm of one image per week, he has thus immortalized the magnificent landscapes surrounding him.
These photographs, taken from the hermitage's terrace and surroundings, are the fruit of this long 'wait without waiting', and of the elation of bearing witness to nature's harmony mixing intimately with the peacefulness of meditation.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 128 pages, 71 illustrations, 70 in colour
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 12/11/2007
- Category: Photographs: collections
- ISBN: 9780500543528
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Review by Steve55
This book is a collection of photographs and accompanying quotations. The photographs were taken from a vantage point high in the Himalayas. Mathieu Ricard is a photographer and Buddhist monk and also a former western scientist. He recently spent a year in the solitude of a hermitage in the mountains near Kathmandu, surrounded by spectacular scenery. Nestled between lush valleys and the mountains, each day he contemplated the different subtleties of light from the early morning before dawn to the evening after nightfall.At the rhythm of one or two images per week, he thus immortalised the magnificent landscape and wonders of nature that surrounded him. The photographs taken from the hermitage’s terrace and immediate surroundings, are the fruit of this long ‘wait without waiting’ and of the elation of bearing witness to nature’s harmonious movement through meditation.Having spent a few days in the magical environment that Mathieu has photographed, I applaud him in his attempt to capture the unattainable.