Sacred Sanctuary: The Sakya Nunnery

This week I am showcasing a project I shot while in Deradun, India teaching a Momenta Workshop with Jamie Rose entitled “Project India: Photography as a Force of Change”.

After we sent our students out to photograph their assignments with a variety of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) working with Indians in a variety of areas, from agriculture to health care to women’s issues, I set out to shoot an assignment of my own at the Sakya Nunnery.

The Sakya Nunnery is a refuge for young women who have escaped the social repression of their homelands in Tibet and Nepal. Women and girls of varying social, economic and ethnic backgrounds, ranging in age from five to 40, make their way to the Buddhist nunnery along treacherous passes through the Himalayas.

Both Buddhist nuns oppressed by the Chinese government in Tibet and young Nepalese women who might otherwise fall victim to abuse, indentured servitude or sex trafficking, find sanctuary at the Sakya Nunnery in India.

The young nuns are fed, clothed and learn to read and write. When they reach the age of 18, they can decide if they want to continue the life of a nun or opt for a more conventional life.

The “Photography as a Force of Change” workshop is but one of a full slate of domestic and international workshops offered by Momenta that focus on working with non-profits.

Jamie is a wonderful instructor and terrific person and I urge you to check out Momenta Workshops.

I hope you enjoy the “Sacred Sanctuary” gallery on my website.


Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2011 under Blog. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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