GYUTO a PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK by JULIAN BOUND
From National Geographic contributor and award winning documentary photographer Julian Bound, a photographic account of Gyuto Tantric Monastery's annual three day Puja ceremony of removing the world's obstacles and bringing peace and health to others during the coming year.
Overlooked by snow-capped mountain peaks and surrounded by lush hillside forest, Gyuto Tantric Monastery sits at the foothills of the Himalaya's. First established in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1475 and once home to 1,000 monks, in the spring of 1959 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 60 Gyuto monks escaped their homelands to India on an arduous journey across the Himalayas. These 60 monks went on to initiate the Gyuto monastery now found today in Dharamsala, India.
Gyuto is famed for its unique overtone singing. Using a traditional Tibetan technique dating back for over half a century, the monks of Gyuto have performed their unique style of vocal chanting across the world. With frequent visits to Australia, Gyuto's monks also gave a performance at the Glastonbury Festival in 2013 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Tibetan Declaration of Independence.
With over 100 photographs in colour and black and white
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in England, Julian is a documentary photographer, film maker and author. With photographic work featured on the BBC news, his photographs have been published in National Geographic, New Scientist and the international press. His work focuses on the social documentary of world culture, religion and traditions, with time spent studying meditation with the Buddhist monks of Tibet and Northern Thailand and spiritual teachers of India's Himalaya region.
Present for the Nepal earthquakes of 2015 he documented the disaster for eighteen months whilst working as an emergency deployment photographer for various NGO and international embassies in conjunction with the United Nations.
The author of novels 'The Geisha and the Monk', 'Subway of Light' and 'Life's Heart Eternal', when not on the road in Asia, Julian is based in the UK.