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Japanese Buddhist Life

In Japan

(Color and black & white)

- Yoshinoyama (Mt. Yoshino) and Yamabushi sect parade
- Shingonshu (Shingon Buddhism)
      Koyasan (Mt. Koya)
      Shikoku Island, pilgrimage to the "88 Temples"
      Shingon temple, Yokohama
      Asakusa Kannon temple, Tokyo
- Jodo Shinshu (Jodo Shin Buddhism)
      Nishi Hongwanji Temple grounds, architecture, ceremony, Kyoto
      Higashi Honganji, grounds, buildings, ceremony, priest training, Kyoto
- Jodoshu (Jodo Buddhism)
      Zozoji temple, Tokyo
      Chionin temple, ceremonies, wedding, Kyoto
      Daibutsu (Great Buddha) at Kotoku-ji Temple, Kamakura
- Rinzai Zenshu (Rinzai Zen Buddhism)
      Rinzai Zen temples, Tokyo
      Kotokoji temple
      Setei Roshi, portrait
      Kaiun Roshi, portrait
      Higan ceremony, families at cemetery
      Sounin temple
      Bunkei Yamamoto Sensei leading ceremonies
- Tofukuji monastery, Kyoto
      Fukushima Roshi, portrait
      Monks practicing Zen, gathering alms
      Prof. Eishin Nishimura Sensei, brush painting and caligraphy
      Myoshinji monastery, ceremony, Kyoto
      Engakuji Monastery, calligraphy, Zen archery, Kamakura
- Soto Zenshu (Soto Zen Buddhism)
      Eiheiji monastery, Fukui Prefecture
      Sojiji monastery, Yokohama
      Sugamo temple, Tokyo
- Nichirenshu (Nichiren Buddhism)
      Ikegami Honmonji temple, Tokyo
      Minobusan (Mt. Minobu) monastery
      Nippansan Myohoji sect anti-war protests
- Tendaishu (Tendai Buddhism)
      Hieizan (Mt. Hiei) temple and ceremonies
      Goma (fire) ceremony, Tokyo temple
- Prof. Hajime Nakamura, while teaching, Tokyo
- Obon festival and Obon Odori (dances), Tokyo temples
- Sengakuji temple and memorial day for samurai, Tokyo
- Higan memorial services
- Hanamatsuri (Buddha's birthday), Tokyo, Kyoto
- Priests begging for alms, Tokyo & Kyoto
- Tea Ceremony

In Los Angeles

- Obon festivals and Obon Odori (dances), Southern California temples
- Hanamatsuri (Buddha's Birthday) festivals, Little Tokyo
- Joshu Sazaki Roshi and Leonard Cohen, portrait
- Zen Center of Los Angeles
      Work at Z.C.L.A., in kitchen , painting buildings, stuffing pillows, etc.
      Maizumi Roshi, in ceremonies
      Zen practice and ceremonies
      Kuruda Institute, calligraphy
      Weddings, dancing
      Portraits, monks, nuns, families
(Black & White)

- Joshu Sazaki Roshi, portraits, ceremonies, birthday party
- Joshu Sazaki Roshi and Leonard Cohen at Rinzai-ji Temple
- Dai Sesshin retreat at Mt. Baldy Zen Center, near Los Angeles and retreat at Rinzai-ji Temple, Los Angeles, both with Sazaki Roshi
- Obon Odori (dances) and ceremonies, Southern California
- Allen Ginsberg & Peter Orlovsky reading poetry, Zen Center of Los Angeles

Korean Buddhist Life
The following list describes the images of Korean Buddhist life that are included in the archive:
(Color and black & white)

In South Korea

- Korean lantern festival
- World Fellowship of Buddhists members tour, including ceremonies and large gatherings at various temples around South Korea
- The Sokkuram Grotto at Kyangju
- T'ongdo-sa temple
- Pulguk-sa temple

In Los Angeles
- Korean Buddha's Birthday ceremony, Los Angeles
- Zen Master Samu Sunim, Los Angeles
- Zen Master Seung Sahn Sunim, with the late Zen masters Maezumi Roshi and Thich Thien-An, Los Angeles

Buddhist Life in Nepal

The following list describes the images of Buddhist life in Nepal that are included in the archive:

- Tibetans, Tamangs, Sherpas, and Newars circumambulating, feeding birds, and prostrating around Boudanath Stupa
- Tibetan monasteries in Bouda
- The late Jamyang Kontrul Rinpoche's monastery, Swayanbu
- Maha Devi Temple, just before excavation, Lumbini

Zanskar, Ladakh, India, 1997

Buddhist Life in Ladakh, India
The following list describes the images of Buddhist life in Ladakh that are included in the archive:

- H.H. the Dalai Lama's 1997 visit and teachings in Zanskar, Ladakh
- People of Zanskar attending the teachings
- A monastery in Zanskar and the monk's daily life there
- Several monasteries in Leh, Ladakh
- Ancient, sacred wall paintings on monastery interior walls, Leh

Thai Buddhist Life
The following list describes the images of Thai Buddhist life that are included in the archive:
(Color and black & white)
-Monk & Nun Training, outside Bangkok
- Dhammakaya temple major ceremony, outside Bangkok
- Monks going for alms in Bangkok streets
- Bangkok scenery
- Bangkok Temples
     Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
     Wat Arun
     Wat Po
     Wat Benchamabhopit (the Marble Temple)
     Monks taking an examination
     Monks receiving alms at temple
     An ordination ceremony
     Portrait of the Lord Abbot
- N.E. Thailand monasteries
     Wat Pa Nanachat (International Forest Monastery)
     Wat Pa Ban That
      Monks going for alms, forest monasteries
      Nong Khai area temples and scenery
- Wat Mahathat, Loy Katrong festival, Sukothai
- Loy Katrong festival, Bangkok
- Wat Suan Mokkh Forest Monastery, Suratthani, S. Thailand
     The late Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, portraits and daily activities
- Achaan Sumedho, portrait, Bangkok
- Buddha's Birthday, Wat Thai Temple, Los Angeles
- Sulak Sivaraksa, portrait, Chicago

Buddhist Life in India


To see listings for Buddhist life in India, return to Photo Archive page and click on Buddhist World Heritage Sites, Buddhist Life in Ladakh, India, and Tibetan Buddhist Life in Exile.

Chinese Buddhist Life
The following list describes the images of Chinese Buddhist life that are included in the archive:
In China
- Shaoguan river, mountains, monastery
- Hui Neng's temples, in Guangshao and Shaoguan
- Portrait of late Chan master

In Taiwan

-Fo Kuan Shan Temple ceremonies, nuns & monks, Gaoshung
- Ling Yen Mount Temple ceremonies, monks & nuns, Pu-Li
- Master Miao Lien, portrait
- Taipei Buddhist Association conference
- Master Hsing Tao, portrait

Buddhist Life in America

(Color and black & white)

Please see the other categories in this section of the website. You will find listings of Buddhist teachers, dharma centers, and activities in the U.S. that are connected with the various Asian Buddhist traditions.

Tibetan Buddhist Life in Exile
The following list describes the images of Tibetan Buddhist life that are included in the archive:

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the U.S.
      H.H. the Dalai Lama, visits to the Vietnamese Buddhist Temple, Los Angeles,'79 & '84
      H.H. the Dalai Lama, Kalachakra ceremony in Santa Monica, Ca. and birthday party in Malibu,1989
      H.H. the Dalai Lama, Vajrapani Institute, Santa Cruz & Mt. Tamalpais 1989
      H.H. the Dalai Lama, Berkeley, 1992
      H.H. the Dalai Lama, Chicago, Parliament of the World's Religions, 1993
      H.H. the Dalai Lama, Pasadena, 1996
- H.H. the Dalai Lama in India, 1997
      H.H. the Dalai Lama's visit to Zanskar, Ladakh
      H.H. the Dalai Lama giving Kalachakra teachings, near Siliguri
      H.H. Dalai Lama at his palace performing fire puja, meditation, reciting scripture, giving audiences, greeting crowds, Dharamsala
- Namgyal Monks, lama dance in San Diego and visit to Disneyland
- Los Angeles Tibetan community activities
- Drepung Loseling performance, Pasadena, Ca.
- Gyuto monks in L.A. with juvenile prisoners, making sand mandalas
- Portraits of Tibetan Buddhist masters:
      Gelugpa masters
          H.H. the Dalai Lama, Santa Monica, California, 1989
          H.H. the Dalai Lama, Malibu, California, 1989
          H.H. the Dalai Lama, Santa Cruz, California, 1989
          H.H. the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, India, 1997
          Ven. Ganden Tri Rinpoche, Mongud, India, 1997
          Ven. Geshe Tsephel, Santa Cruz, California, 1989
          Ven. Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen, Los Angeles, 1989
          Ven. Geshe Gyeltsen and H.H. the Dalai Lama, Santa Monica, Ca., 1989
          Ven. Lati Rinpoche, Long Beach, California, 1998
          The late Ven. Tara Rinpoche, Los Angeles, 1988
          The late Ven. Tara Rinpoche, Tokyo, 1990
          Mrs. Taring Amala, Rajpur, India, 1997

          Dr. Tenzin Choedrak, Los Angeles, 1998
          Ven. Palden Gyatso, Los Angeles, 1998
          Mrs. Jetsun Pema, Leh, Ladakh, 1997
      Karma Kagyu masters
          Attendant to the late H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa, Sikkim, India, 1997
          H. E. Gelsup Rinpoche, Sikkim, India, 1997
          H.E. Bokar Rinpoche, Alhambra, California, 1995
          H.E. Bokar Rinpoche, Mirik, Darjeeling, India, 1997
          H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche, Los Angeles, 1995
          The late Jamyang Kontrul Rinpoche, Sonada, Darjeeling, India, 1989
          Khenpo Thrangu Rinpoche, Bouda, Nepal, 1997
          The late H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa, Los Angeles, 1977
          The late Very Venerable Kalu Rinpoche, Pasadena, California, 1988
          Ven. Khandro Rinpoche, Los Angeles, 1995
          Ven. Tenga Rinpoche, Swayanbu, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1997
          Yangse Kalu Rinpoche, Santa Monica, 1995
      Drikung Kagyu masters
          Ven. Ayang K. C. Rinpoche, Los Angeles, 1993
          Ven. Ayang K. C. Rinpoche, Bodhgaya, India, 1997
          H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche, Monterey Park, California, 1994
          Ven. Drikung Togden, Nyingma Monlam, Bodhgaya, 1997
          Khenpo Gyaltsen Rinpoche, Monterey Park, Ca., 1994
      Drukpa Kagyu
          Ven. Togden Achoe, Tashijong, Himachal Pradesh, India, 1997
          Ven. Togden Amting, Tashijong, Himachal Pradesh, India, 1997
          H.E. Khamtrul Rinpoche, Tashijong , Himachal Pradesh, India, 1997
      Nyingma masters
          H. E. Dzogchen Rinpoche, Bodhgaya, 1997
          H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Los Angeles, 1991
          H.E. Mindroling Trichen Rinpoche, Clementown, India, 1997
          H.E. Minling Khanchen Tulku Rinpoche, Bodhgaya, 1997
          H.E. Rabjam Rinpoche, Nyingma Monlam, Bodhgaya, 1997
          H.H. Penor Rinpoche, Nyingma Monlam, Bodhgaya, 1997
          Ven. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, Santa Cruz, California, 1994
          Ven. Khenpo Thubten Mewa Rinpoche, Bodhgaya, 1997
          Ven. Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, Santa Monica, California, 1994
          Ven. Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, Bodhgaya, 1997
          Ven. Sogyal Rinpoche, Bodhgaya, 1997
          Ven. Ontul Rinpoche, Los Angeles, 1998
          Ven. Orgyen Ku-sum Lingpa Rinpoche, Santa Monica, Ca., 1994
      Sakya masters
          H.E. Dzongsar Khentse Rinpoche, Bir, India, 1997
          H.H. Sakya Trizen, Los Angeles, 1989
          Khandro Tsering Choden, Sikkim, India, 1997
          Monks in ceremony with painting of the late H.E. Jamyang Khentse Rinpoche, Bir, India, 1997
          Ven. Gona Tulku Rinpoche, Bir, India, 1997
          H.E. Jetsun Chimey Luding
          Ven. Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk Rinpoche, Bir, India, 1997
- Funeral for Kalu Rinpoche, Sonada Monastery, Darjeeling, India, 1989
       Rinpoches, lay persons, Westerners, monks, nuns and children monks
       Ceremonies, pujas, circumambulation, procession with corona around sun
- People and street scenes, Darjeeling, India
- Tibetan Buddhist life in India and Nepal, 1997
- T.I.P.A. (Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts) dance performances at Sherabling monastery, Himachal Pradesh and during the Dalai Lama's birthday celebration, Dharamsala
- Tibetans at Boudanath Stupa, Nepal
- Chetsang Rinpoche's monastery, Rajpur
- Sakya Monastery, Vajrakilaya ceremony with H.H. Sakya Trizen, Rajpur
- Nyingma Monlam for World Peace, Bodhgaya
- Spiritual practice at Bodhgaya
- Tibetans at Sarnath, Varanasi
- Lay people, portraits
- Rumtek Monastery and lama dances, Sikkim
- Sherabling Monastery lama dances, ceremonies, Himachal Pradesh
- Tashijong lama dances and empowerment, Himachal Pradesh
- Lake Ralwasar (Tso Pema) and empowerment by H.H. Sakya Trizen
- Monasteries in South India
       Sera-je Monastery, Bylakope
       Penor Rinpoche's monastery, Bylakope
       Ayang Rinpoche's monastery, Bylakope
       Ganden Shartse monastery, Mongud
       Drepung Loseling monastery, Mongud
- Various scenes in Dharamsala
- Monlam ceremony, Dharamsala
- Tibetan orphans at Tibetan Children's Village, Dharamsala and in Nepal
- Nunneries, Dharamsala & Mongud, South India
- Monasteries, monk life, temple art, in Zanskar and in Leh, Ladakh
- Tibetan settlement, Leh, Ladakh
- Crafts, including carpet weaving, incense making, making butter lamps
- Thanka painting, Norbulinka, Dharamsala

Various Buddhist Subjects
The following list describes the images of various Buddhist subjects that are included in the archive:
(Color and black & white)

- Statues of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas from different traditions
- "Change Your Mind" day of meditation, Central Park, New York with
    Robert Thurman, the late Allen Ginsberg, Ven. Suhito, and Chan
    Master Sheng-Yen
- Wesak festival and ceremony, Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara, a Singhalese (Sri Lanka) Buddhist temple, Los Angeles
- Senior Singhalese teachers living at or visiting the Dharma Vihara
      Ven. H. Ratanasara, Ph.D
      Ven. Bhante Piyananda
      Ven. Bhante Piyadassi
      Ven. Bhante Ananda Maitraya
- Community Meditation Center with Shinzen Young, Los Angeles
- Ven. Maha Ghosananda, Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia, portraits made in Korea, India, and Chicago
- Sangha from Mongolia, Siberia, Bangladesh, Taiwan etc. visiting Los Angeles and Disneyland

Vietnamese Buddhist Life in Exile
The following list describes the images of Vietnamese Buddhist life in exile that are included in the archive:
(Color and black & white)

- Vietnamese Buddhist Temple, Los Angeles
      A-Di-Da Temple (small nuns temple adjacent to main temple)
      Ven. Dr. Thich Man Giac, with birds, leading parade
      Portraits of nuns & monks, children monks, lay people
      Daily life of temple members
      Memorial services in the temple and in homes
      Ceremonies, parades
      Retreats for lay people with chanting, meditation, prostration, meals
      Weddings in the temple, in homes, and receptions
      Tet (New Year) celebrations
      Visits of H.H. the Dalai Lama, '79 & '84
      Buddhist youth group, games, performances, camping, ceremonies
      Thich Thien-An's death, funeral
      Visit of Gary Snyder
- International Buddhist Meditation Center, L.A.
      Ven. Thich Thien-An, portraits
      Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh' visit
      Ven. Karuna Dharma, portrait
      Buddha's Birthday ceremony and parade
      "Great Ordination" ceremonies
      Meditation retreats with Thich Thien-An and Shinzen Young
      Visit of H.H. Karmapa, '78
      Visit of John Blofeld
      Thich Nhat Hanh, leading a meditation retreat, Malibu, California

Other Asian Religions

The Arts and Religion of Bali

The following list describes the images of other Asian religions that are included in the archive:


- Weaving, batik, wood carving, painting
- Landscapes
- Traditional performers
- Various temple ceremonies
- Ceremony in king of Gianyar's temple
- Priests in ceremonies and portraits

Shintoism, Japan


- Matsuri festival, Tokyo
- Meiji Shrine ceremony, Tokyo
- Nikko Toshogu Shrine, temple scenes

Taoism in Taiwan

(Color and black & white)

- Lung Shan Temple, rituals, fortune telling, Taipei
- Various Taoist Temples around Taiwan

Vedanta in India and the U.S.


- Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Calcutta, India
- Kali Puja festival and ceremony, Laguna Beach, California
- Sri Haradhan Chakraborti performing ceremony
- Maya Tiwari, portrait

Parliament of the World's Religions, Chicago


Extensive coverage of the most important interfaith gathering of the 20th century including a remarkable assembly of spiritual masters from many faiths and countries. Shot on assignment for Time magazine in 1993.

Buddhist World Heritage Sites
The following list describes the images of Buddhist world heritage that are included in the archive:
(Color and black & white)

- Bodhanath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Bodhgaya, Bihar, India
- Borobudur, during Wesak, Java, Indonesia
- Maha Devi Temple (before excavation) Lumbini, Nepal
- Sarnath, Varanasi, India

Photo Archive of Buddhist Life