Photo: Broken Buddhas in Laos

Case of Damaged Buddha Statues

Case of Damaged Buddha Statues

Vientiane, Laos is filled with beautiful Buddhist Temples. On some days I will just just go and wander from temple to temple, making photographs, reflecting on how different this beautiful culture is and talking with the local monks. I usually find it peaceful and inspiring, but sometimes you come across reminders of things from the recent past that are bracing reminders of a tragic past.

In Wat Sisaket there is a collection of ancient Buddha images that were damaged during the bombing of Laos and have been brought to the temple for restoration. There is a whole room dedicated to these casualties of a “secret war” fought only a few decades earlier.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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