MR3370 Monks at Nalanda, India

Photo : Matthieu Ricard

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Thai monks on pilgrimage to the ruins of Nalanda which was one of the first universities in the world and the largest Buddhist university in history, established in the first century AD during the Gupta dynasty. At the height of its glory, Nalanda was home to more than 10,000 students and 2,000 professors. Nalanda’s bookstore called Dharma Gunj (Mountain of Truth) or Dharmagañja (Treasure of Truth) was reputed to contain hundreds of thousands of volumes. When, in 1193, it was set on fire by Muslim invaders led by the Turk Bakhtiar Khilji, it burned for months. His Holiness the Dalai Lama often says that the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism is part of the Nalanda tradition which it keeps alive.

Treat yourself with an exhibition quality, fine art photographic print, signed by the hand of Matthieu Ricard, buddhist monk, photographer and author. He has also been the French interpreter of His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama since 1989. Some of the photographs in his collection are printed in limited edition, signed, numbered and delivered with a certificate of authenticity. 

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