You are cordially invited to the book launch of “BOUDHA Restoring the Great Stupa” by Mani Lama
The book is published and distributed by Vajra Books Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Photographs by Mani Lama
Texts by: Mimi Church, Carroll Dunham, Keith Dowman and Steve Le Clerq
Designed by: Eric C. Shrestha
Edited by: Meryl Dowman and Pamela Ross
On April 25th 2015 a massive earthquake shook Nepal, bringing with it great loss of life and the devastation of many ancient temples and sacred monuments. Among the latter the Great Stupa of Boudha suffered serious and destabilizing harm.
The renowned Nepali photographer, Mani Lama, who has lived his entire life in Boudha, was profoundly affected by the damage done to the much loved site and began taking daily photographs of the Stupa as it was being carefully dismantled and rebuilt over the coming year and a half.
Inspired by these photographs, a group of Mani’s friends, all of whom have a long association with Boudha and the Stupa itself, created this book from them, recording its history, its meaning to Buddhists all over the world and revealing in pictures the skill and reverence with which it was restored once more to its extraordinary architectural perfection.
The acclaimed Nepali photographer, Mani Lama, has been taking remarkable pictures for more than thirty-five years. A pioneer, whose beautiful postcards of Nepal helped promote Nepal as a tourist destination, he has worked with and provided visual documentation for many NGOs (UNICEF, UNDP, WFP, WHO, UNMIN, GTZ, CARITAS, Save the Children USA and UK). He has travelled throughout Asia and many other parts of the world. He lives and is based in Nepal.