Buddha at Wat Yai Chai Khon.
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Aerial view of New York City, Hudson River and New Jersey at night.
New York City, New York.
A Tibetan girl dressed in traditional clothes for a horse festival.
Tagong, Kham, Tibet.
Prayer flags sway in the wind near Taktsang Monastery.
Paro Valley, Bhutan.
The Dalai Lama.
Dharmsala (Dharamsala), India.
Prayer flags outside Tagong.
A maiko, an apprentice geisha, and a geisha with red umbrellas.
Central Park from the top of Rockefeller Center.
A monk runs up the steps of a stupa.
Helicopter view of New York City at night.
A beach on Mahe Island.
Mahe Island, The Republic of Seychelles, Africa.
Palm trees and a beach on Mahe Island.
Mahe Island, The Republic of the Seychelles, Africa.
The remains of the Sacred Heart Church, destroyed in the earthquake.
Port au Prince, Haiti.
Grand Central Station.
Rocks along Anse-Source D'Argent beach.
La Digue Island, Republic of Seychelles, Africa.
A sadhu bathing and the Taj Mahal reflected in the Yamuna River.
Agra, Uttar Pradesh State, India.
A man wades into Chena Hot Springs.
The sun paints a mountain peak pink in the Dhauladhar mountain range.
A sadhu and the Taj Mahal reflected in the Yamuna River.
A maiko or apprentice geisha's feet in tabi socks and okobo sandals.
Aerial view of the Empire State Building and New York City at night.
A Mongolian nomadic woman at her ger or yurt.
Erdene Soum, Mongolia.
Gilded Buddha statues at Wat Phra Kaeo (Keo).
Three young Tibetan girls wearing chubas.
A young monk blows a chewing gum bubble leaning on a Yamaha motorbike.
Hemis Monastery, Ladakh District, India.
An infinity pool and an ocean view at a resort hotel.
Pilgrims and prayer flags at Domala pass.
Mount Kailas (Kailash), Tibet.
A woman in a telephone booth made of ice.
The Fairbanks Ice Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska.
A maiko or apprentice geisha with an unfurled red umbrella.
A gilded reclining Buddha statue at Wat Suthat.
One of three volcanic crater lakes on Keli Mutu volcano.
Keli Mutu Volcano, Flores Island, Indonesia.
Statue of Liberty and Jersey City from a helicopter.
An informal portrait of a geisha with an open fan.
10,000 butterlamps at the Bodnath stupa.
Portrait of a 77 year old Eskimo woman in a fur lined parka.
The Dalai Lama with mala prayer beads.
Monks in yellow hats blow horns at a fire puja at Nechung Monastery.
A reindeer sled ride.
Yllas, Lapland, Finland.
A monk under a 'love at first sight' sign, at Wat Xieng Muan temple.
Luang Prabang, Laos.
Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda on the golden rock.
The snow covered peak of Cotopaxi Volcano above the clouds.
A pair of Tibetan children.
Dharmsala (Dharamasala), India.
Monks gathering alms in the early morning.
A gilded Buddha statue.
Sunlight falls on a tree root entwined head of a Buddha statue.
Wat Phra Mahathat, Ayuthaya, Thailand.
Photographer Alison Wright with a half blind and orphaned amputee.
Saint Damien Hospital, Port au Prince, Haiti.
Driftwood on a Desroches Island beach.
Desroches Island, The Republic of Seychelles, Africa.
Sami people feeding reindeer at Sami's reindeer farm.
Venejarvi, Vesalamer, Lapland, Finland.
Mount Kailash (Kailas), Tibet.
Prayer flags along the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) River.
Mother and daughter who run the Ounaskievari reindeer farm.
Kongas Village near Levi, Lapland, Finland.
A pilgrim circumambulates Mount Kailas.
A child with malnutrition living in the Cite Soleil slums.
The Burj Al Arab Hotel in the evening.
Dubai City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
A ger or yurt with a satellite dish and solar panel.
Erdene Soum, Mongolian People's Republic.
An American photographer with an Abui tribal headhunter.
Alor Island, Indonesia.
A monk outside a monastery.
The Taj Mahal.
Agra,Uttar Pradesh State,India,
Monks tatooing at the Wat Bang Phra Buddhist temple.
Nakhon Pathom (Nathorn Pratom), Thailand.
Sami people reindeer sledding on Sami's reindeer farm.
Venejarvi, Vesalamer,Lapland, Finland.
A Tibetan man prays at a Kalachakra initiation led by the Dalai Lama.
A Tibetan boy solves a math problem on a blackboard.
Tibetan Children's Village School, Dharmsala (Dharamsala), India.
An Kazakh eagle hunter at a festival of hunting with eagles.
Olgiy, Bayan Olgiy, Mongolia.
Rear view of a geisha showing traditional neck makeup and wig.
Pedestrians walk by a sign outside a shop offering multiple services.
Leh, Ladakh District, India.
Helicopter view over New York City with the Empire State Building.
A young monk studying at the Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery.
A maiko, or apprentice geisha, left, and a geisha with a white obi.
A maiko, or apprentice geisha in a yellow kimono with a green obi.
Manhattan from a helicopter at sunset.
A statue of Buddha and a fountain in a courtyard.
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
A sled dog in his dog house.
Yllas, Lapland, Finland.
Men wash clothes in a river under a railroad bridge.
Uttar Pradesh State, India.
Boys sit on a floor at a Muslim school.
Agra, Uttar Pradesh State, India.
An old woman spinning a prayer wheel.
Ladakh District, India.
An orange jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
A man follows instructions next to a sign that says 'URINE'.
Shanti Stupa, Leh, Ladakh District, India.
The Houston skyline at night.
A sadhu, or ascetic.
A Sami couple at Sami's reindeer farm.
Babies sleeping in a bucket after the January 12.2010 earthquake.
Place Boyer, Petionville, Port au Prince, Haiti.
Scavengers sifting through rubble of buildings in downtown Port au Prince.
A screened window in the masjid or mosque.
Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh State, India
Demolished buildings downtown after the January 12, 2010 earthquake.
An informal portrait of a geisha with an unfurled red umbrella.
A buddhist nun prays with beads in her hands.
The Brooks Mountain Range from an airplane.
The dzong in Wangdue Phodrang.
Wangdue Phodrang, Wangde Phodrang District, Bhutan.
United Nations flags at the skating rink at Rockefeller Center.
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