"How can a Westerner possibly grasp the central Buddhist idea of Nothingness?" asks Lena Herzog, the photographer behind Pilgrims: Becoming The Path Itself. Herzog followed Buddhists during 2002, a momentous year in the Buddhist calendar, including the anniversary of the birth and death of Buddha. *
Her pictures beautifully portray the momentous scale of the pilgrimages, the beautiful landscape covered during the journey, and its rigours.
* please, note: there was a misprint in the magazine. Mid-May is actually the day of the birth and death of the historical Buddha (not the Dalai Lama who is, fortunately, alive and well)