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General Information

Name:  Sheila Rock  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: in Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Sheila Rock was born in Illinois, but has lived and worked in London since 1970.

Biographical and Professional Information

Shelia Rock is a commerical photographer (fashion and advertising) and a fine art photographer.She was educated at Boston University and the London Film School. Since moving to London, she became an influential force shaping the look of creative magazines and has since had a very successful career crossing the full spectrum of genres, photographing for the entertainment and music industry, advertising and design agencies and periodicals. Her editorial portrait and fashion work have appeared in numerous magazines, including ''Time Magazine'' , ''Elle'', ''Glamour'', and the ''Sunday Times''.

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Titles At Your Library

Sera: The Way of the Tibetan Monk
ISBN: 0231128916

Columbia University Press. 2005

Tibet was once home to thousands of thriving Buddhist monasteries. But in 1959, following a Tibetan uprising against China's long occupation, nearly all were destroyed by the Chinese military, the practice of Buddhism was outlawed, and the Dalai Lama was forced into exile. In March of that year, Chinese tanks bombarded the 540-year-old Sera Jey Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet, killing hundreds of monks and destroying ancient texts and invaluable artifacts that had been collected over centuries. Thousands of survivors fled over perilous mountain passes to neighboring India, many with only thin robes and light footwear to shield them from the harsh winter conditions of the Himalayas.

The Sera Jey Monastery, reestablished near Mysore, India, now houses 5,000 Buddhist monks living in exile-including many who escaped the attack on the Tibetan monastery in 1959, and many more who have never known their ancestral homeland. Providing an intimate glimpse of this rarely seen world, Sera: The Way of the Tibetan Monk evokes the subtle moods and rhythms of this Buddhist community that has steadfastly carried on the legacy of the original Sera Jey. More than 100 duotone photographs capture daily rituals and sacred ceremonies, serious moments and playful gestures, compassionate faces and expressions of inspired serenity. Moving and unforgettable, Sheila Rock's portraits celebrate the tranquility, simple joys, and unadorned beauty of the ascetic life, offering a powerful testament to the strength and resilience of a persecuted people.

A percentage of the royalties from this book go to the Sera Jhe Health Care Committee in aid of various humanitarian projects

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