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Buddhadasa Bhikku is known for influencing dhamma study in Thailand, but a new exhibition reveals his skills as a conceptual photographer

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His name means a servant for Lord Buddha. One of Thailand's most respected monks, the late Buddhadasa Bhikku helped reform Buddhist study in Thailand and influenced the way we understand Buddha's teachings, in particular by eschewing rituals and superstitious beliefs. 

While his teachings and writings continue to be greatly admired, another of his holiness's activities is less well known: Buddhadasa was a keen photographer, or, more likely, a conceptual artist who worked with photography as a means to express the essence of Buddhist doctrines. His evocative images, composed with the help of a novice, are often double or triple exposures.

Opening last weekend at Kathmandu Photo Gallery, "Dharma Text Next To Image" comprises selected works from a collection of dhamma-teaching poems and black-and-white photographs. The show is curated by artist Manit Srivanichpoom.

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