Sunday, June 30, 2013

“Sacred Light”, Luang Prabang, Laos

In this ancient Laotian Buddhist Temple, Wat Wisunalat I was surrounded by history.  While this is a functioning temple, a huge number of spectacular artifacts are on display.  I was drawn to a large collection of Buddha’s Lined up on the left side of the Wat in front of the window.  

At first, it is the repetition of their shape and the vertical line they create that calls me over to them.  In actuality there was more to it.  They have an aura about them.  Their essence is further heightened by the strong light that is behind them.  This light reflects off the gold leaf on their bodies bringing them to life.  I capture the image.  Later I learn that these Buddha’s are “Calling for Rain” Mudra Buddha’s.  There was certainly no rain on that particular day, but rather “Sacred Light” emblazoning these sacred figures.

Carpe Diem,