Pawo Choyning Dorji

Pawo Choyning Dorji is a photographer, filmmaker and the author of Seeing Sacred: Lights & Shadows along the Journey. He is working on a second book of photo-essays titled Light of the Moon: The Life & Legacy of Xuanzang of Tang. His photos have been published in international magazines and newspapers including LIFE, Esquire, VICE and The Wall Street Journal. Pawo is also the producer of the internationally acclaimed Bhutanese feature film Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait. The film had it’s world premiered at the 69th Festival del film Locarno (2016), and was featured in some of the most prestigious international film festivals. It was awarded the ‘special mention’ at the Toronto International Film Festival (2016), while winning the audience award at the Golden Global Film Awards (2017) in Malaysia. 

 
 
 
 

The Light of the Moon: The Legacy of Xuanzang of Tang by Pawo Choyning Dorji

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600 AD, Luoyang Valley, Sui Dynasty China. It is a cold winter night. The year’s first snowflakes are falling in Henan province and the barren winter fields are being powdered white. The Chen River is steadily and unhurriedly meandering through Luoyang.

While the snow is falling, a lady of Chen is sound asleep carrying within her, nine moons. She is having a vivid dream. There is a nobleman in white robes. He is walking away from her, heading towards the West.

“My son, where are you going?” she asks. The man stop, looks at her, and with a look filled with compassion says, “Mother, I am going away. I am going to seek the nectar of truth.” He leaves his mother who is overwhelmed by a mix of emotions: Sorrow at her son leaving and journeying into the unknown, and pride at his confidence and determination.

The next day at first light, everything is white and calm. Even the screams of a woman bringing new life into the world are muffled. There is silence and stillness.

In that moment arrives the new life, as white as the year’s first snowfall. He arrives with clenched fists, a sign of sheer determination. He is Chen Yi, destined to walk thousands of miles in his lifetime in search of the Truth.

Turquoise Heart: The Bhutanese Terton King by Pawo Choyning Dorji

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