Photographer's Note

Namdroling Monastery represents the fruit of the huge investment of time and energy made by Penor Rinpoche. Today, Namdroling Monastery in Byalakuppe is a thriving community and home to thousands of lamas, monks and nuns, making it the largest Nyingmapa teaching center in the world. Those who have studied or are studying at the monastery include all the major lineage holding tulkus and lamas of the Palyul tradition, including the fifth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the third Choktrul Rinpoche and the third Rago Choktrul Rinpoche. Their spiritual training is directed and guided by Penor Rinpoche himself. Tulkus of other traditions have also studied at Namdroling, including the Sakyong (Mipham Rinpoche), Minling Dungsey, and Minling Khenchen Rinpoche.
Rinpoche never turns away anyone who is qualified to join the monastic sangha. All the expenses required to live and study at the monastery are borne by Rinpoche. These include housing, food, medical care, clothing and even pocket money for all the monks and nuns.

The young Monks- or lamas are very friendly and seldom mix with the tourists. It is not so with elders, they are bit serious, never the less, very good people. Here this young guy was seeing what I am shooting and was very curious about the equipments and etc. I turned my camera to him and shot 2-3 frames. Then he ran away.

Nikon f-100, with Sigma 100-3000 HSM, APO lens. Auto expo, f-5.6.

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