There are six million Tibetans living in Tibet. Buddhism is an integral part of their daily lives, for both monks and lay Tibetans, who take arduous journeys in pilgrimage to holy sites to express their spirituality and devotion. Tibet has suffered extreme political turmoil and upheaval over the past 50 years. Yet Buddhism permeates every part of a Tibetan’s life, whether they are living in Tibet or one of the hundreds of thousands who live in exile away from their homeland in Nepal, India or the United States. Due to the strength of the Tibetans’ faith in Buddha and the Dalai Lama, their devotion and belief have remained extraordinarily strong. “The Path to Buddha” examines the religion, and captures monks in animated discussion, meditation and prayer, while also following devout believers on their arduous routes to prayer. Steve McCurry’s “The Path to Buddha” offers an intimate insight into this unique and dignified culture.

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Steve McCurry was born in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; McCurry studied film at Pennsylvania State University, before going on to work for a local newspaper. After several years of freelance work, McCurry made his first of what would become many trips to India. Since then, McCurry has gone on to create evocative images in over six continents and countless countries, with scores of magazine and book covers, as well as solo global exhibitions. His image of a young Afghan refugee with piercing eyes—the June 1985 National Geographic cover—has become one of the most distinctive in photographic history. McCurry has been a contributor to Magnum since 1986.

© Steve McCurry | Magnum Photos

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