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Portrait of Jayce


Jayce was 4 years old liked to play at the park and loved his really cool little puppy, Venom (see below).

Jayce liked Legos and Star Wars. He didn’t have Star Wars Legos but had Ninjago LEGOS. His favorite Star Wars character was Darth Vader. He really liked Darth Vader’s red lightsaber but didn’t care too much about R2-D2 because he didn’t have an R2-D2 toy.

Ninjago LEGOS

Jayce and Venom staring at a sudden sound

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin ©2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of James


James was a really GREAT and smart boy. I enjoyed snaping his portait because he took directions very well. At first, the prop in front of him was either sticking out of his head or leading from his elbow and it didn’t make for good composition,. I asked him to move until I got a good pose with good composition; he worked with me well, patiently and exuberantly

James was 11 years old he from Torrance, California, USA. He was in the fifth grade  and interested in baseball and Taekwondo. He wanted to play the trumpet at some point in his life.

James also liked internet gaming, Star Wars and Legos. He owned Star Wars Legos, even thoughhe didn’t hae a favorite Lego set. His father described him as, “a kind and bright kid.”

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Portrait of Izac


Izac and his family came to visit the Mountain Spirit Center at the same time as I was there taking pictures. His Dad showed him how ring the zen bell by swinging the beam (see below.) We all noted that the bell tone was very relaxing, then I researched:

The 大鐘 Ōgane (1) is the largest bell used in the monastery, it hangs underneath a specially-designed structure. The heavy swinging beam (2, 撞木 shumoku) is used to strike the bell. It is this bell which reflects the spirit of the Buddhist temple. The ring has a peculiarly soul-pacifying effect.     SZÓTÓ ZEN SŌTŌ ZEN

Izac was a seven year old from Tehachapi, California, USA. Isaac liked playing Minecraft, and with Legos, and going to the park. He obviously liked Batman (notice his cap); his favorite Batman villain was Joker.  “Batman is my favorite,” he asserted, “because he has a battery ram and he has a grabble hooker so like when he’s far away, he can like hold the grabble hooker and then he can like get up where no one can go.”

For those of you who are not familiar with Batman:

LEGO Batman with Grappling Hook

Izac likes the cartoon Batman a bit more than the live action version. Both he and he Dad were surprised to find out that the actor, Mark Hamill, who was Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, played the voice of Joker on the cartoons.

Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.

Buddhist Prayer Bell

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