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Nuns of Khachoe Ghakyil
Women's Freedom and Spiritual Liberation:
2000 European Tour
Gallery 4
Black-and-white photos
by Martin de Valk

These photographs were taken by professional photographer Martin de Valk during the nuns' visit to Victoria, Duncan, and Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, in April 1999.

If you are interested in obtaining copies of the photographs for professional use, please contact Martin at


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Valk1.jpg (49754 bytes) Three of the Khachoe Ghakyil nuns stand next to the stupa (Tib. chöten - a reliquary monument) behind the Thubten Chöling Dharma Centre in Duncan, British Columbia. Thubten Chöling hosted the nuns' visit to Duncan, Victoria and Salt Spring Island.
Valk2.jpg (70369 bytes) A nun admires a local flower.
valk3.jpg (90398 bytes) The nuns line up for a photograph ... but one is a little shy!
valk4.jpg (68007 bytes) A nun explores the offerings at a Victoria newsstand.
valk5.jpg (77786 bytes) Nun on spiral staircase in sunhat.
valk6.jpg (68642 bytes) The nuns perform a Medicine Buddha healing ceremony in the chapel of St. Ann's College, an historic Catholic nuns' seminary in Victoria, BC.   The chapel is packed with local people eager to take part.
valk7.jpg (32498 bytes) Two nuns in a moment of repose.
valk8.jpg (52283 bytes) The nuns, with Ven. Fran Mohoupt (a Western nun from Kopan), read a greeting card.
valk9.jpg (52729 bytes) Preparing for a performance, the nuns take a moment to joke.
valk10.jpg (67466 bytes) On Salt Spring Island, the nuns perform a prayer for world peace at the War Memorial while the public looks on.
valk11.jpg (58902 bytes) The nuns, Salt Spring Island.

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