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Pilgrim Hardcover – October, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch Press; 1 edition (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821223224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821223222
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 12.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gere is the most conspicuous of the so-called celebrity Buddhists, a position he has used to make known the suffering of Tibet under Chinese oppression and the tragedy of Tibetan exiles, including his friend and teacher, the Dalai Lama, but it will come as a surprise to many that Gere spends an equal, if not greater, amount of time behind the camera as he does in front. His haunting black-and-white photographs are presented with much fanfare in this beautifully produced volume, and they do not disappoint. Just as Gere's travels throughout India, Nepal, and Tibet determined his subject matter, his spiritual practice served as the source of their unusual and evocative energy. Gere's painterly photographs capture the motion that occurs even in stillness, and they possess surprising depth; the longer you gaze at them, the more you see. Some are detailed; others explore the stark contrast between shadow and light, and all subtly evoke the contrast between the cruelty of the Chinese army and the compassion of Tibetan Buddhists. Donna Seaman

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jim Brady on February 18, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Richard has access to places most people do not. Take, for example, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness is not accessable to you and I on the level that Richard has. Richard shares private photos, such as plate 63 where His Holiness is in meditation. The photo alone portrays a depth of intensity that the experience offers. Richard also has a true sense of the tragedy of the Tibetan people and can deliver that in a light that few people can ever grasp, even after several trips to the region. Richard is the Pilgrim and we are fortunate to be able to see things in a way he does. Very few photographers can say that of their work. Perhaps it is due to his experience in film, perhaps as a result of his practice as a buddhist, maybe just because the openness of his sharing is felt in his work, regardless of the medium. Thank you my friend for sharing your life with us and a wonderful book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mfeltmeyer@aol.com on December 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book was exactly what I expected from such a sensitive and intelligent man. Thank you, Mr. Gere. We need our hearts broken now and then.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By carenanderson@hotmail.com on August 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I cannot look at this book without crying. It is very beautiful yet pierces my heart with sadness, I believe that the plight of Tibet is the canary of our planet. This book is about an amazing and gentle people and my hope and prayer is that it will generate more compassion . The text is very direct and simple and is not next to the photos but at the back. One quote stuck in my mind, "It's all ego." You can see these photos with your heart and they will melt it, if you are open.
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