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Last year, we visited the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas—an enormous Buddhist center of worship, monasticism and education, and the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere—in Ukiah, California. Perhaps to reinforce the spiritual atmosphere of the community, live peacocks festooned the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. They pranced their way amongst the surroundings, crossing pathways and blocking doors with impunity. This photograph highlights the surreal combination of the old-fashioned, wooden doorway and the peacock’s regal plumage, decked in full splendor.

Susmita Khan is a full-time parent. With a daughter in college and son in high school, she is a partial empty-nester and spends time on reading, photography, and traveling.


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