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Eyes in heaven

© Daniela Hartmann,


Clouds and the blue sky in memory of my Mum. Ok, the buddha was not really her favorite, but I like the picture. It brings me positive thoughts and a little bit nearer to heaven. So its a very private and important photo for me.


Photographed besides the monastery of Likir in Ladakh (India). Maitreya-Statue.


The monastery is 50 km from the town of Leh in the Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. With its over 900 years old history the monastery belongs to the oldest monasteries Ladakhs. The visitors are received from an enormous Maitreya statue besides the monastery. Sitting on the roof is a 23 metre (75 ft) high gilded gold statue of Maitreya (the future) Buddha. It was completed in 1999


I see skies of blue and clouds of white

The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.



Für mich ein sehr persönliches Foto, weil es mich an meine Mum erinnert. Sie hatte zwar mit Buddha gar nichts zu tun, aber während Spaziergängen haben wir immer zusammen die Wolken bewundert. Und ich fühle mich bei Betrachtung dieses Bildes dem Himmel und ihr sehr nahe und es beruhigt mich.


Aufgenommen im Kloster Likir in Ladakh (Indien). Maitreya-Statue. Das Kloster ist gut 50 km von der Hauptstadt Ladakhs, Leh, entfernt. Das Kloster gehört mit seinen 900 Jahren zu den ältesten des Landes. Die Maitreya-Statue steht vor dem Kloster und ist -laut Wikipedia 23 Meter hoch, allerdings einschließlich einem Podest.


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Taken on July 26, 2006