Images of Faith

February 20, 2011 · 19 comments

9-340-38  stock photo of Israel, Jerusalem, Dalai Lama, Interreligious Friendship Group, June 1999

In a press conference in Jerusalem as part of an interfaith conference, His Holiness the Dalia Lama was asked why he thought there were so many religions in the world. With a slight smile he quickly replied, as if stating the unutterably obvious, “Well that is because there are so many different kinds of people in the world.”

A recent blog post by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry, A Matter of Faith, shows a portfolio of wonderful images from around the world and reminds me of my own longstanding interest in photographing varieties of religious experience.

Here’s a selection from around the world. If you like them, please comment, and if you have your own selections of images please post them on your blog and email me or add a comment here and I’ll collect them for a follow-on post.

4-466-34  stock photo of Pakistan, Lahore, Early morning meditation, Badshahi Mosque
Standing meditation, Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan
0-381-77  stock photo of Thailand, Chiang Mai, Monks praying, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Buddhist monk, Chiang Mai, Thailand

3-654-62  stock photo of Greece, Athens, Metropolitan Cathedral

Maundy Thursday candles, Metropolitan Cathedral, Athens, Greece

4-130-21  stock photo of Tibet, Monk circumambulating Labrang Monastery, Xiahe

TIbetan Buddhist monk circumambulating temple, Labrang Monastery, Tibet (traditional)

4-850-2881  stock photo of Mexico, Yucatan, Coba, El Castillo, meditation

Woman meditating atop Mayan Temple, Coba, Yucatan, Mexico

5-850-2044  stock photo of Japan, Tokyo, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Paper prayers

Shinto paper prayers, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo, Japan

7-384-13  stock photo of India, Agra, Taj Mahal, imam studying in mosque

Imam studying Koran, Taj Mahal, Agra, India

9-400-83  stock photo of Palestine, West Bank, Hebron, Man praying in synagogue in Tomb of Abraham

Man praying in synagogue in Tomb of Abraham, Hebron, West Bank, Palestine

9-350-69  stock photo of Israel, Jerusalem, Metropol Daniel, Church of Holy Sepulchre

Metropol Daniel, Church of Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, Israel

5-568-18  stock photo of California, San Francisco, Bishops hands blessing bread,

Bishop’s hands blessing holy communion bread, St Gregory of Nyssen Church, San Francisco

7-561-2  stock photo of Malaysia, Langkawi, Singer, Mahsuris Tomb

Singer, Mahsuris Tomb, Malaysia, Langkawi

9-340-22  stock photo of Israel, Jerusalem, Dalai Lama at Western Wall

The Dalai Lama at Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel

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