"This three story mural of Buddhas located at 1450 P Street NW in Washington DC is part of my larger project to paint Ten Thousand Buddhas all over the world. In this particular mural all the Buddhas are deliberately painted with different skin tones and in between each Buddha are smaller stencils with symbols for all the major religions. The message is one of inclusivity and religious tolerance. The image speaks to the idea that all of us have the potential to become Enlightened. When we practice kindness and compassion we can lift each up and create a more peaceful and more conscious society. On the last day of painting this mural, three monks from came from the Nitsan temple in New Jersey, they heard about the project and offered to come and do a ceremony to bless the wall, to awaken the images of the Buddha so that everyone who sees the wall in person or in a photo or video that their suffering is relieved." 10,0000 Buddhas Mural by Amanda Giacomini @10000buddhas Photo by Surpass Visuals @surpassvisuals. Tune in to all-new episodes of #StoryOfGod Mondays at 9/8c on National Geographic. #religion #god #faith #buddhism #mural #art #washingtondc #streetart #buddha
"For a guy who is managed to the second, and is always in suits and ties, being out in the middle of the ocean had to be a real treat.” -Photographer @brianskerry. He hopes this image of Barack Obama snorkeling will draw attention to ocean conservation efforts. #SeaOfHope premieres tonight at 7/6c on National Geographic. #barack #obama #oceans #wildlife #conservation #hawaii #adventure #explore
A seal hunts fish below kelp washed up by the currents at Cortes Bank. Cortes Bank is one of the many "Hope Spots" that should be considered as a National Marine Monument. #SeaOfHope premieres tonight at 7/6c on National Geographic. #oceans #wildlife #conservation #adventure #explore #fish @brianskerry
Leatherbacks are the largest turtles on Earth, growing up to seven feet long and exceeding 2,000 pounds. These reptilian relics are the only remaining representatives of a family of turtles that traces its evolutionary roots back more than 100 million years. Once prevalent in every ocean except the Arctic and Antarctic, the leatherback population is rapidly declining in many parts of the world. This recently-hatched Leatherback Sea Turtle looks out at the setting sun as it takes it's first dive into the ocean in St. Croix. #SeaOfHope premieres tonight at 7/6c on National Geographic. #turtle #animal #wildlife #conservation #oceans @brianskerry
This site in Bangladesh contains the ruins of a Buddhist monastic complex that was built by an ancient king who ruled in the late 700s AD, and functioned until the 1100s. Its intricate but symmetrical layout, decorated with elaborate art fashioned from stone and terracotta, influenced the Buddhist architecture as far away as Cambodia. #StoryOfGod #religion #god #buddhism #architecture #cambodia #travel #explore #natgeo Join Morgan Freeman for all-new episodes of Story of God, Jan 16 at 9/8c on National Geographic.
Follow ocean legend Sylvia Earle and renowned underwater National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry on a year-long quest to deploy science and photography to inspire President Obama to establish new Blue Parks to protect essential habitats across an unseen American wilderness. #SeaOfHope Jan 15 7/6c #ocean #conservation #wildlife #adventure #explore #president #barackobama #oceans #fish #animals #science #photography #hawaii @BrianSkerry
The endangered green sea turtle is among the largest sea turtles in the world, weighing up to 700 pounds Their proportionally small head, which is nonretractable, extends from a heart-shaped carapace that measures up to 5 feet. #DidYouKnow Green sea turtles can live up to 80 years. #wildlife #ocean #convservation #SeaOfHope premieres Sunday, Jan 15th at 8/7c on National Geographic. (Photo: @brianskerry)