Michael Ash has spent the last 20+ years on a pilgrimage to discover the value of being, and how this emerges in light, experience and activity.
His ‘Oddiyan’s Gate’ body of photographic work spans sacred sites in over 30 countries in 5 continents: From Asia, Africa, and Europe to Australia, the Americas, and the Hawaiian islands.
The recipient of a nationwide Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in 1994 for an independent 1.5 year project in India, Ash has exhibited internationally, including multiple exhibits in Japan, Hawaii, and New York.
He is likewise a poet, meditator, web/graphic designer, and founder of multiple dharma projects.
His unique eye, comprehensive vision and open heart infuse his work, design, commitments, and living.
He presently lives in Lisbon, Portugal. He has one daughter, Kisa, now 16.
“Anyone fortunate enough to view Michael Ash’s photographs is taken into the supramundane and yet deeply familiar places of sacred power in our world. His extraordinary work initiates us into an inner journey of infinite tenderness and devotion, simultaneously mysterious and earthy.”
yoga and meditation teacher, san francisco, california
“Working with Michael has been a joy. His heartful love and devotion to the Dharma is expressed through his skilled eye, intuitive creativity, and masterful production work. Tara Mandala has been grateful to receive his beautiful images and artwork.”
communications director, tara mandala retreat center, colorado
Michael Ash is the founder, architect, and creative director of The Yogini Project, Dharma Eye, Dakini As Art, & Oddiyan’s Gate.
He is the architect behind this Dharma Eye temple gallery, which was conceived and designed through his eye and hands.
About The Work:
From the ascent to Longchenpa’s hermitage at Gangri Tokar where his great Dzogchen texts (rumored written in part by dakinis while he remained in vajralike samadhi) the Seven Treasuries were composed for all beings throughout time.
A sky and view like no other.
Images from a pilgrimage through Tibet to circumambulate Mount Kailash led by Tsoknyi Rinpoche in autumn 2007.
Features images from sacred sites in Central Tibet including Drak Yerpa, Gangri Tokar, Samye, the Chimphu Highlands, and Gyantse.
… and the empty spaces en route to Mount Kailash.
Images of archetypes of presence in land, sea, and sky.
Features bodies of work from Andalusia, Spain; Mayan sites in the Yucatan; India, Japan, and the misty coasts of Mendocino; India and more…
The dance of life. Metamorphoses of light and elements in transient forms. Time dancing; already dissolved.
Tara, Ekajati, Dakinis……
Images from Tara Mandala retreat center in southwest Colorado with it’s strong palpable divine feminine presence.
Images from the path: Lama moments, mahasiddhas, monasteries, mountain practices, hidden shrines…
From the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal; Sikkim; Ladakh; and several potent retreat centers of North America.
A refined selection of black and white imagery from over the past decades.
From Kegon No Taki in Japan to ruins outside Jerusalem… to festival dancers in India… to myth drenched Hawaiian islands…
Selections from mythic moments over 8 years living in the Hawaiian Islands.
Kauai. Maui. The Big Island. Nameless breezes.