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"I am awake"

One of his students asked Buddha, "Are you the messiah?"

"No", answered Buddha.

"Then are you a healer?"

"No", Buddha replied.

"Then are you a teacher?" the student persisted.

"No, I am not a teacher."

"Then what are you?" asked the student, exasperated.

"I am awake", Buddha replied.


This is one more close-up of the statue of Maitreya Buddha at Thiksey Monastery in Ladakh.

The statue is huge and fills completely the room done on two levels.

I was alone at sunrise and I enjoyed taking all my time in order to shoot several pictures.

I didn’t mind the feshness of a cold wind coming from the Himalayan hills on my back, it couldn’t break the silence around me.


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Taken on May 14, 2009