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Buddhadasa Bhikku

Buddhadasa Bhikku

Categories: Arts & culture events > Photo Exhibition

Address: Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 87 (near Indian Temple), Pan, off Silom road Rd., Si Lom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand See map

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Kathmandu Photo Gallery, in collaboration with Buddhadasa Indapanyo Archives, presents an exhibition of 30 photos of the late Buddhadasa Bhikku (1906-1993), one of the country's most revered monks and a forgotten photography master. By 1972, Buddhadasa Bhikku had reached the age of 66 and the status of a famous enlightened monk. He struggled to reject all attempts to turn his portraits into icons of superstitious worship, which at that time (as it is now) was all the craze. He wanted people to realise the essence of Buddhism, not to cling to the egoism of "I and mine". When he finally saw that his fight against the holy picture craze was futile, Buddhadasa embarked on a series of self-portraits, using the environs of Suan Mokkh Monastery (in Surat Thani) as the location, with all its scattered symbolic props _ a statue of Bodhisattva Sri Vijaya, lotus flowers, mounds of dirt, rocks, and even monastery pets. At times he's posing alone, employing tricks in the monastery darkroom to compose double and triple exposures to create a dhamma riddle, inviting the viewer to interpret with wisdom. Each picture was accompanied by a dhamma-teaching poem he'd written to accompany it. The series is entitled "Dharma Text Next to Image". Buddhadasa Bhikku will be on show at Kathmandu Photo Gallery from May 4 until June 30. The gallery is located on Pan Road(near Indian Temple), Silom, and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Call 02-234-6700.

  • Period

    May 04, 2013 to June 30, 2013

  • Open days

    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

  • Service hours

    11:00 to 19:00



  • Address

    Kathmandu Photo Gallery, 87 (near Indian Temple), Pan, off Silom road Rd., Si Lom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand

  • Phone number

    +66 (0) 2-234-6700 

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