Candlelight Vigil for Nepal

The candlelight vigil and prayer for the victims of Nepal was held last night in Parkdale, Toronto. Several hundred people gathered to mourn those killed in the devastating earthquake. 

Monks led a special prayer and leaders from Toronto's Tibetan and Nepalese were among the speakers.

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in the Junction 2015

f11project is proud to present 'Buddhism in Nepal' at Kingsway Chiropractic Centre in the Junction

Opening Reception: May 2nd, 2015. 6-9 pm

May 1st - May 31st, 2015
Kingsway Chiropractic Centre in the Junction
3021 Dundas Street West, Toronto M6P 1Z4 (map)

Visit Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival page here.

Religion in Nepal is an intricate mix of faiths, traditions, festivals and doctrines. Nepal is the world’s only Hindu nation with 87% of Nepalese officially declared Hindus. Buddhism is the second largest religion in this mountain kingdom and Buddhist influences permeate all layers of the society. Due to the close proximity to Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism is the most dominant and widely practiced form of buddhism in this tiny kingdom.

The intermingling of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs and practices is commonplace with Hindus worshipping at Buddhist temples and Buddhists worshipping at Hindu temples. This rich dual faith tradition binds both groups together and ensure social coherence. 

The images in this exhibit connect the viewers to the daily religious objects and acts of worship that were captured from a recent 2013 trip to Nepal. (A few of the images from the gallery above will be on view in the exhibit.) 

. Louis Au

Tian Tan Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Buddha Amoghasiddhi, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.

The statue is named Tian Tan Buddha because its base is a model of the Altar of Heaven or Earthly Mount of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. It is one of the five large Buddha statues in China.

The Buddha is 34 metres (112 ft) tall, weighs 250 metric tons, and was the world's tallest outdoor bronze seated Buddha prior to 2000. Visitors have to climb 268 steps to reach the Buddha.


The Tian Tan Buddha was constructed beginning in 1990, and was finished on 29 December 1993, the day of the enlightenment of Gautama Buddha, the founder of the Buddhist religion. The statue was formed out of 202 separate pieces of bronze. In addition to the exterior components, there is a strong steel framework inside the statue to support the heavy load.

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Travels in Nepal: Yaks, Monasteries and Mountains

 Stupa at Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal.      Copyright © Louis Au 2014

Stupa at Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal.      Copyright © Louis Au 2014

Life After Digital Artist Talk Series

Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Colourgenics (map)
11 Davies Ave. Toronto

Presented in association with Colourgenics
Cost: Complimentary


Travels in Nepal: Yaks, Monasteries and Mountains by Outdoor Photo Journey

 Mount Everest from Gokyo Ri, Nepal.   Copyright © Ariel Estulin 2014

Mount Everest from Gokyo Ri, Nepal.   Copyright © Ariel Estulin 2014

Nepal is a land of high mountains, yaks, monasteries and mantras. Wedged between the Himalayan range to the north and the steamy jungles to the south, Nepal’s cultural landscape is as diverse as its physical one. Its people’s religious practices ranges from Indian-style Hinduism to Tibetan Buddhism. Nepal is also home to eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains.

In this talk, photographers Ariel Estulin and Louis Au will present their work from their recent trip to Nepal. Their journey begins in the chaotic city of Kathmandu and continues into the high Himalayas. You will embark on a photographic journey on the centuries-old stupas and temples and the spectacular vistas of the Himalayas. 

About the artists:

Ariel Estulin is an award winning photographer and graphic designer. Primarily interested in landscapes, he travels the world seeking out beauty in those wild and remote places on earth that still remain untouched by civilization and where nature commands ultimate attention. Self-taught as a photographer, he spent time with Freeman Patterson, Canada’s renowned photographer, to learn the art of making great photographs. His training as a graphic designer continually shapes what he sees through the lens. His work has been published in magazines and showcased with exhibitions. Visit

Louis Au is a freelance event, portrait and travel photographer based in Toronto. He founded f11project  to bring forth travel foto workshops and assist emerging photographers to exhibit their work in downtown Toronto. As an ardent educator, Louis also provides hands-on digital capture training for local and overseas photographers through f11project.