2016, we've just returned from the wonderful landscape and culture of Ladakh and Zanskar, a Buddhist region in northern India sandwiched between Kashmir and Tibet. It's an ancient culture often called Little Tibet, a high altitude desert region of mountain ranges and deep ravines.
The face of the Buddha is one of the most well known and iconic images in the world even though representations of his face vary widely from one Buddhist culture to another. In common is the sense of peace and liberation that we all desire.
We went to Nepal just a few months before the earthquake in May 2015. We have Nepali friends whose houses were damaged and needed urgent help to make repairs before the monsoon. We sent funds to different agencies and also direct to our trekking guide who’s been buying building materials for his home village.
The spirits of the mountains and forests must be appeased for the village to prosper. The masks below are being used in the Cham dance, or masked dance festivals at monasteries in the Buddhist region of Ladakh in northern India.