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"I am from Tibet" | by musicmuse_ca
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"I am from Tibet"

As I walked by his small booth, he was alone with no customers. I heard him praying quietly to himself. I stopped to look at his beautiful Tibetan wall hangings and we began to talk. I mentioned that we have many Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the hills in Santa Cruz County. He said he had never visited any of them.

 

He told me, "I live in the East Bay now, but I am from Tibet"...

 

We talked for a few minutes about Tibet and China, and then I made my purchase. I began to move on, but something about his face kept me nearby. As soon as I wandered off, many customers began to come to his shop. I returned wanting to take some shots of him. When I asked if I could take his picture, he told me that I was "lucky" for him, because after I made my purchase, so many customers came.

 

That is when I took this shot...

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Taken on August 4, 2006