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NYC - Lecture Series w/ Sam Mehta


China’s Silk Road and Tibet

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The Silk Road was a nexus of trade routes that ran from western China, into Middle East through Persia and into Mediterranean. As the name implies, Silk was exported from China to Mediterranean. Flowing along the Silk Road in the other direction were gold, exotic animals and slaves. Besides goods, the Silk Road facilitated exchange of ideas. For instance, China began to import Buddhism directly from India around 2nd and 3rd century CE. A large number of upper class and ordinary Chinese converted to Buddhism. The Silk Road is referred as the backbone of history as it provided linkages between East and West to nearly half of the world’ population for nearly 1500 years. Many legendary figures are associated with the history of the Silk Road, e.g., Alexander the Great, Ghengis Khan, Marco Polo and many more..

Sam will share images of his journey along the Silk Road in China including Lanzhou, Dunhuang, Urumqui, Turpan and Kashgar. He will show photos of the Buddhist caves with fantastic artwork that has survived for over 1500 years. You will see how caravans traversed Gobi and Taklamakan deserts on the way to and from Central Asia. You will also see images of ruins of abandoned cities as well as oasis towns. Finally, you will see the images of Kashgar, China’s westernmost city. 2,000-year-old Kashgar is unlike any other place in China. The fabled city greeted Marco Polo and countless Silk Road travelers as they entered the Middle Kingdom. While its previous glory as a trading center has all but disappeared, Kashgar retains the exotic air and immense appeal of medieval Asia. Hemmed in by the desert and the Pamir Mountains, the Kashgar of today is a rich mix of peoples and cultures, predominantly Islamic Uyghurs.

Sam will finish the presentation with a tour of central Tibet: Tibet’s mountains, turquoise blue water, colorful artwork, breathtaking monasteries and the warmth of Tibetan culture all create a unique experience that leaves one with a lasting impression. Interestingly, despite decades of Chinese rule, Buddhism has survived in the hearts of the people. In fact, it is making a comeback with the new generation. It is truly remarkable to see a small group of people living on this high Himalayan plateau who have suffered so much, yet continue to champion the virtues of compassion and non-violence, setting a role model for all of humanity

Girdled by high mountains peaks, the ancient city of Lhasa meaning Holy Land has been for centuries of hub of Tibet’s center of politics, economy and culture. Sam Mehta will share images of Lhasa including Potala Palace, an iconic monument is a former home of the Dalai Lama. This monument represented spiritual and material wealth of a Buddhist nation for centuries. He will also share images of sites from Samye, Jokhang, Sera and Tashilunpo located in the Lhasa region.



Sam Mehta is a retired corporate executive with a life-long passion for photography, mountains and adventure travel. He has traveled the world to both tourist and exotic destinations. Sam has trekked and toured all eight regions in the Himalayas covered in recently published book Himalayas: People and Places. Sam is on to his next project: The Silk Road. This will take him to several countries from China to Turkey through Central Asia. Sam has completed the first segment: China’s Silk Road.

Sam donates 100% of the proceeds from the sale of his images on his website sammehtaimages.com to nonprofit organizations focused on the education of children in the Himalayan region. Sam has donated 100% of the proceeds of this book to the American Himalayan Foundation’s Stop Girl Trafficking project. Sam has been a photo enthusiast all his adult life. He shoots in digital format using Cannon 5D with various Cannon lenses. He is an active member of the famed The Explorers Club, and the Appalachian Mountain Club. He is a graduate of New York Institute of Photography. His formal education includes an MBA from Columbia University, New York; and a BS in Engineering from BITS, India.

Date: 05/19/2014

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: NYC Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

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