In another life, my photography sojourn to India brought me to a temple bordering India and Nepal – it was one of the most memorable trips of my life. The Tibetan refugee monks were so gracious and kind to me – and even invited me, a total stranger, to their solemn puja session, where they chanted en masse and offered prayers to the world. I studied opera singing for 5 years – and I was so inspired I decided to fill the temple with my own melodic hymn. The acoustics of the temple were extraordinary and made the moment simply magical. This image captures the youngest monk at the temple among his older mentors.

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