Tuesday, November 10, 2009

More stupas

Grafton Peace Pagoda 2009. (Grafton NY)

The book project continued this fall as Chado and I swung down to the eastern part of New York State to photograph three stupas. The fall weather was perfect, sunny and cool, very fresh. The stops we made were at the Grafton Peace Pagoda, The Enlightenment Stupa at Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery, Wappingers Falls, and the Stupa at Orgyen Cho Dzong, Greenville.

We are delighted to be able to photograph these sacred sites. Over the next 6 months we'll try to get to stupas in Cape Breton (Gampo Abbey) and as far west as Arizona and California. There is an ongoing effort among many sangas to build stupas; so it looks like we'll have to make our book a "selection" of North American Buddhist stupas rather than a comprehensive compilation. It's nice to see that the sangas are building them faster than we can keep up.

Orgyen Cho Dzong, Greenville

Enlightenment Stupa at Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery