Sacred Himalayan Beauty

Photographs by Richard Christiani

Tibetan style paintings by Rosalyn White

Photographs by Richard Christiani

At the Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco

1187 Franklin Street at Geary, San Francisco, CA 94109

Exhibit Shows From: May 22nd - June 28th, 2014

Film and Refreshments: A showing of 9 Story Mountain on Friday, June 13, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Artist Reception: Sunday, June 22, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.


An exhibit of Bay Area architect and photographer Richard Christiani's striking color photographs, capturing the stark beauty of the Himalayas and the devoutness of the Tibetan people. An avid hiker and practicing Tibetan Buddhist, Christiani has completed six treks into remote regions of the Himalayas to visit some of Tibet’s most sacred Buddhist sites and dramatic landscapes. Richard Christiani is president of Christiani Johnson Architects, an award-winning San Francisco firm. In addition to completing undergraduate and graduate studies in architecture at U.C. Berkeley, he has formal training in both photography and art. Take a glimpse at some of the pictures that are going to be on display below.





B5.Morning at Lake Manasaraovar :: Lake Manasaraovar, Tibet, 2011

B6.Morning at Phoksundo Lake :: Dolpo, Nepal, 2011



B9., 2011

B10.Pilgrim Family 2011









Each of these photos is available for purchase. Unframed price is $250.00 Framed $375.00. Please call 510-848-4238 to purchase or Click Here to purchase from our online store.


Tibetan Style Paintings by Rosalyn White. These paintings are in two different sets. One set tells the life story of the Buddha from birth to enlightenment to death. The other set shows Padmasambhava, an important figure in Tibetan Buddhism, in his many manifestations.

A1.Birth of the Buddha :: Thanka Painting A2.The Buddha's Early Life :: Thanka Painting A3.The Buddha Renounces his Royal Life :: Thanka Painting
A4.The Buddha Returns from Tushita Heaven :: Thanka Painting A5.The Buddha Enters Nirvana :: Thanka Painting A6.Tara, Bestower of Blessings :: Thanka Painting
A7.Padmasambhava as Shakya Senge :: Thanka Painting A8.Padmasambhava as a Monk :: Thanka Painting A9.Padmasambhava as Padma Gyalpo :: Thanka Painting
A10.Enlightenment of the Buddha :: Thanka Painting A11.The Buddha's First Teaching :: Thanka Painting A12.Padmasambhava as Lodan Chog Sreg :: Thanka Painting
A13.Padmasambhava as Tsokyi Dorje :: Thanka Painting A14.Green Tara :: Thanka Painting A15.Padmasambhava as Nyima Odzer :: Thanka Painting

Each of these photos is available for purchase. Unframed price is $233.00 Framed $333.00. Please call 510-848-4238 to purchase or Click Here to purchase from our online store.

Photographs by: Greg Hale

Meditations on Tibet is a collection of images of portraits, landscapes, temple interiors and sacred architecture that Mr. Hale shot during a five week journey through Tibet in 2004. Over the course of the trip, he spent time in the cities of Lhasa, Shigatse and Gyantse, visiting a number of sacred sites including Samye, Tashilhungpo and Pachu monasteries and the Kumbum Stupa. He then traveled overland to camp on the outskirts of the remote village of Karta on the edge of the Himalayas, and finally took a long trek into the Himalayas to Petang Ringma, the lesser utilized of Tibet’s two base camps for climbing Mt. Everest.

Mr. Hale has been pursuing photography on a full time basis since 2003. He currently studies portraiture with Frank Stewart, the senior photographer for Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has also studied extensively at the International Center for Photography. Mr. Hale continues to shoot most of his work on film, using Contax 6x4.5 medium format and Leica 35mm cameras. He shoots primarily in black & white. He has recently begun scanning his negatives into digital files, and printing digitally with Adobe Photoshop, as he can achieve more precise results from this process than with conventional silver gelatin printing. Mr. Hale’s other projects include portraits, landscapes and temples from Laos and Bhutan; landscapes from Yellowstone and Grand Teton; abstracts and landscapes from the slot canyons of the desert southwest; and New York City street portraits, focusing on artists and musicians.

Greg Hale has partnered with the Tibetan Aid Project as a sponsor of several exhibitions. In so doing, the artist hopes to convey the beauty of the Tibetan landscape, the devotion of the Tibetan people, and the timelessness of Tibet’s temple interiors and sacred architecture, while at the same time raising awareness of the Tibetan Aid Project’s mission to preserve the Tibetan culture.


Statue with Sacred Texts :: Pachu Monastery - Gyantse, Tibet Altar Bowls :: Samye Monastery - Samye, Tibet Altar Room with Three-Faced Buddha :: Pachu Monastery - Gyantse, Tibet Maitreya, Buddha of the Future :: Tashilhungpo Monastery - Shigatse, Tibet Tenzing Norgay’s Nephew :: Karta, Tibet
Chomolungma (Mt. Everest) :: approach to Petang Ringma, Tibet Harvest :: near Shegar, Tibet Farmhouse :: Karta, Tibet Hanging Thanka :: Ani Gompa - Lhasa, Tibet Farm Girls with Baskets :: Karta, Tibet
Roadside Stupa and Prayer Wheels :: near Gyantse, Tibet Pachu Monastery :: Gyantse, Tibet Old Growth Forest :: Kama Chu Valley, Tibet Monk and Kumbum Stupa :: Gyantse, Tibet Monks In Meditation :: Samye Monastery - Samye, Tibet
Buddha Wall :: Gyantse, Tibet Prayer Flags :: Langma La (17,500 ft.)<br />above Lundrubling, Tibet Rock Sculpture below Chomolonzo Ridge :: Petang Ringma, Tibet Potala Palace :: Lhasa, Tibet Interior Courtyard :: Norbulinka - Lhasa, Tibet
Reflection :: Tso Karpo Valley of the Lakes, Tibet Trees in Mist :: Sakyetang, Tibet Wall Detail :: Potala Palace - Lhasa, Tibet Butterlamps and Incense :: Samye Monastery - Samye, Tibet Local Family :: Karta, Tibet
Soto, Park Ranger and Guide :: Shrine at Guru Rinpoche’s Cave above Tse Chu (Long Life Spring), Tibet Rock Landscape :: near Shugrim Tso (Long Lake), Tibet Prayer Wheels :: Samye Monastery - Samye, Tibet Sunlight and Incense :: Samye Monastery - Samye, Tibet Altar and Offerings :: Shrine in Guru Rinpoche’s Cave above Tse Chu (Long Life Spring), Tibet

Each of these photos is available for purchase. Unframed price is $250.00 Framed $375.00. Please call 510-848-4238 to purchase or Click Here to purchase from our online store.

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