What makes something a masterpiece? Perfection? Passion? Both? Last Friday’s weekly photo challenge was “Masterpiece” and for the past couple days I’ve been thinking about what that means to me.
Yanchong Lodil lives at Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim, India. He works in a small shed on the monastery grounds. He’s carved literally thousands of mani stones-decorative carvings. They line the monastery walls, show up in the temples.
Lodil is from Tibet. The day I met him he told me he (through my translator, a mutual friend), that he had originally escaped Tibet with H.H. Dali Lama’s entourage, but got lost along the way so never made it to Dharmasala, which has become the center for Tibetans in exile.
He said when H.H. Dali Lama visited the monastery, he told him the story. The Dali Lama laughed, patted him on the shoulder and told him he was just where he was supposed to be.