The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi entered a Buddhist monastery in his native India, at the age of ten. His interest in photography began at the age of eight, when he received his first "point and shoot" camera as a gift. Starting in 2000, he began his ongoing photographic essays using a Canon Rebel camera. Since 2005 he has been using a digital Cannon 20D camera for his powerful secular and lay images. A monk and a scholar, his multilingual and multicultural education contribute to his photographic vision. He considers his end product the projections of his imagination, and reflections of the the world he experiences in his travels across the continents.

He finds photography, contemplative. It serves as a tool for the development of a calm, clear, and decisive mind . It is also instrumental in gaining appreciation for the profound "illusory" displays of nature.

Ven. Tenzin lectures worldwide on Buddhist philosophy, conflict resolution, and interfaith initiatives. His vision is ecumenical and global.

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